CEMS alumnus Jian Qin wins 2022 John H. Dillon Medal

Jian Qin (PhD MSE ’09) is the recipient of the 2022 John H. Dillon Medal in Polymer Physics from the American Physical Society “for the advancement of analytical and computational tools in the thermodynamics and morphology of ionic or ion-containing polymeric materials."

The award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers. It was established in honor of John H. Dillon, who was a rheologist in the rubber industry and received his Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the early 1930s. Recognition consists of $2,000, up to $1,000 allowance for travel to the meeting of the Society at which the award is being presented, a bronze medallion, and a certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient.

Qin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota under the supervision of Profs. David Morse and Frank Bates. Following postdoctoral fellowships at Pennsylvania State University, with Prof. Scott Milner, and The University of Chicago, with Prof. Juan de Pablo, he joined Stanford University as a Terman Faculty Fellow in 2016. His research focuses on theoretical study of morphological and rheological behavior of polymeric fluids, electrostatic interactions in structured electrolytes, and surface charge polarization. He has held the Kadanoff-Rice Fellowship and has been recognized by the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the Hellman Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the ACS PMSE Arthur Doolittle Award, the ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, and the Tau Beta Pi (Stanford) Teaching Honor Roll. He is a member of APS, ACS, and AIChE.

Previous recipients of the John H. Dillon Medal with connections to CEMS include: Bryan Boudouris (PhD ChE ’09) in 2021, Thomas H. Epps, III (PhD ChE '04) in 2016, CEMS Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa (CEMS post-doctoral fellow) in 2013, Nitash Pervez Balsara (CEMS post-doctoral fellow) in 1997, UMN Regents Professor Frank S. Bates in 1989, and former CEMS faculty member and department head Matthew Tirrell in 1987.