Ryan C. Hayward, associate professor of polymer science and engineering, has been named the winner of the John H. Dillon Medal, which recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers.
According to the American Physical Society (APS), Hayward is being recognized “For remarkably innovative and creative approaches to the design, realization, and analysis of responsive polymer gels and self-assembled systems.”
The award was established in 1983 by the APS and the Division of Polymer Physics. Beginning in 1997, sponsorship of the medal was assumed by Elsevier, publishers of the journal Polymer. The 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.
Hayward’s research covers a variety of topics in polymers and soft materials, with a particular focus on thin films and interfaces. Recent areas of interest include swelling-induced deformation of constrained and micro-patterned stimuli-responsive gels, and solution state self-assembly of polymer and particle-based nanostructures.
Ryan previously received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, the 2011 ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Unilever Award, and the 2013 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award.
He earned his B.S.E. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a postdoctoral fellow in engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University from 2004-05.