2016 Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science (sponsored by
David Yarusso (3M), presented the 2016 Award
for Excellence in Adhesion Science sponsored by 3M to Professor Kenneth
Shull. The award was for his "fundamental insight into the balance between
surface functionality, polymer physics, and mechanics in adhesion". Prof. Shull is a Professor of Material
Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, where he has been a faculty
member since 1993.
The 39th Annual Meeting began with a special session honoring
Shull’s contributions with talks by Rong Long (University of Colorado Boulder)
on "Time Dependent Mechanics of Polymers with Dynamic Bonds",
followed by Diethelm Johannsmann
(Clausthal University of Technology) who discussed "Use
of the Second Generation QCM in the Life Sciences", Constantino
Creton (ESPCI Paristech-Paris)
on “Advances in Micromechanisms of Fracture of
Elastomers” and concluded with Michelle Seitz (DSM) on "Adhesion in overmolding Applications".
A few of Shull’s most impactful publications include: “Deformation
failure modes of adhesively bonded elastic layers,” “JKR studies of acryl
elastomer adhesion to glassy polymer substrates”, “Deformation behavior
thin, compliant layers under tensile loading conditions,” and “Fingering instabilities of confined elastic layers in tension.” Undoubtedly, Prof. Shull has been one of the
most productive and impactful adhesion scientists over the past two decades,
with significant contributions in the understanding of the Johnson, Kendall,
and Roberts (JKR) theory and contact mechanics of soft solids, the behavior of
block copolymers at interfaces, the mechanics and fracture of polymer gels, as
well as numerous other fundamental and applied topics.
Shull is one of the distinguished members of our adhesion community. He has served in several roles for the Adhesion Society. Most recently, a
President of the Society, he showed incredible leadership in rejuvenating the
Society and the Annual Meeting.