Past Winners - Award for Excellence

1987

Alan N. Gent

University of Akron

for his outstanding contributions in establishing fracture energy criteria for adhesive failure and developing elegant test procedures based on those criteria

1988

Edwin P. Plueddemann

Dow Corning

for creating the technology of silane coupling agents used for increased environmental durability of adhesive systems

1989

Frederick M. Fowkes

Lehigh University

for fundamental understanding of and contributions to interfacial phenomena with particular reference to adhesion science

1990

Willard D. Bascom

University of Utah

for pioneering research in many subfields of adhesive science, including wetting

1991

John D. Venables

Martin Marietta

for contributions to our understanding of metal oxide morphology and chemistry with implications for adhesive bond durability

1992

Anthony J. Kinloch

Imperial College

for his contributions in the application of fracture mechanics and surface science to the study of failure mechanisms in structural adhesive bonds

1993

Louis H. Sharpe

Consultant

for his recognition of the nature and significance of the interphase and for unparalleled leadership in the establishment of the archival literature in adhesion science

1994

Lawrence T. Drzal

Michigan State University

for enhancing the understanding of adhesion phenomena in fiber-reinforced composites and for the development of methods to quantify these phenomena

1995

Jacques Schultz

Centre des Nationale Recherches Scientific

for fundamental work in defining the relationship between wetting and surface energetics and the practical strength of adhesive bonds

1996

Robert J. Good

SUNY Buffalo

for pioneering the theory of intermolecular forces across interfaces

1998

Kevin Kendall

Keele University

for the development of a method and theory which allows the direct measurement of adhesion energies between materials and for the novel application of fracture mechanics to explain adhesion phenomena

1999

F. James Boerio

University of Cincinnati

for the expansion of our knowledge of bonding at interfaces through the use of infrared spectroscopy and related techniques

2000

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

College de France

for his contribution to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of adhesion, especially through the notion of connector molecules

2001

Hatsuo Ishida

Case Western Reserve University

for distinguished service as researcher, teacher and global activist for the benefit of adhesion and composite interface science

2002

Kenneth L. Johnson

Cambridge University

for his seminal work in the science of contact mechanics and the influence of adhesion between solid surfaces

2003

Jacob Israelachvili

University of California, Santa Barbara

for clarifying the molecular-level processes associated with adhesion, friction and lubrication and the relationships between them

2004

A. Wilhelm Neumann

University of Toronto

for a lifetime of contributions to the understanding of surface thermodynamics and wettability, crucial to the science of adhesion

2005

Manoj K. Chaudhury

Lehigh University

for exceptional creativity and ingenuity in research on adhesion and wetting and the development of simple methods to measure the strength of attraction between materials

2006

Hugh Brown

University of Wollongong

for his exceptionally creative and diverse contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of adhesion between polymers, including the effect of block copolymers on the fracture strength of polymer interfaces

2007

Liliane Leger

University Paris – Sud Orsay

for her seminal contributions to the field of Adhesion Science and Tribology of soft materials

2008

John Watts

University of Surrey

for the innovative application of surface analysis methods to study the interfacial chemistry of adhesion

2009

Herbert J. Waite

University of California at Santa Barbara

for his groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of the relation-ship between chemistry and mechanics in bioadhesion

2010

David A. Dillard

Virginia Tech

for exceptional insight, teaching, and Illuminating experimental investigations concerning the mechanics and durability of bonded systems

2011

Chung Yuen (Herbert) Hui

Cornell University

for his meritorious and creative contributions to the application of Fracture Mechanics in understanding the problems of adhesion science

2012

Wulff Possart

Universitat des Saarlandes, Germany

for excellence in the application of physics and chemistry methodologies to fundamental and applied research in adhesion science

2013

Costantino Creton

Laboratorie PCSM -ESPCI, FRANCE

for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of the mechanism of action of soft adhesives

2014

Anand Jagota

LeHigh University

for excellence in the application of physics and chemistry methodologies to fundamental and applied research in adhesion science

2015

Kenneth Liechti

University of Texas at Austin

for his contributions to our understanding of crack growth at material interfaces

2016

Ken Shull

Northwestern University

for fundamental insight into the balance between surface functionality, polymer physics, and mechanics in adhesion

2017

Tom McCarthy

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

for his pioneering research in elucidating mechanisms of surface chemistry and wetting of polymers