Prizes & Awards

Polymer Physics Prize

To recognize outstanding accomplishment and excellence of contributions in polymer physics research. The prize consists of $10,000, up to $1,500 in travel reimbusement, and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It is presented annually.

Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020

Establishment & Support
This prize was established in 1960 with The Dow Chemical Company now serving as chief supporter.

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2021 Recipient

Samson Jenekhe

Samson A. Jenekhe
University of Washington

For pioneering and sustained outstanding contributions to the synthesis, photophysics, and structure-morphology-performance relationships in semiconducting polymers for electronic and photovoltaic applications.

Past Recipients

  • 2020: Kurt Binder, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 2019: Ronald G. Larson
  • 2018: Juan J. de Pablo
  • 2017: Monica Olvera de la Cruz
  • 2016: Anna C. Balazs
  • 2015: Mark D. Ediger
  • 2014: Karl Freed
  • 2013: Stephen Z.D. Cheng
  • 2012: Matthew Tirrell
  • 2011: Gary Grest, Kurt Kremer
  • 2010: Michael Rubinstein
  • 2009: Steve Granick
  • 2008: Kenneth S. Schweizer
  • 2007: Glenn Fredrickson
  • 2006: Ludwik Leibler
  • 2005: Thomas Paul Russell
  • 2004: Timothy Lodge
  • 2003: Andrew J. Lovinger
  • 2002: Tom Witten
  • 2001: Masao Doi
  • 2000: Lewis John Fetters
  • 1999: Charles C. Han
  • 1998: Murugappan Muthukumar
  • 1997: Frank Steven Bates
  • 1996: Alan Neville Gent
  • 1995: Jacob Klein
  • 1994: Hyuk Yu
  • 1993: Benjamin Chu
  • 1992: Philip A. Pincus
  • 1991: Edwin L. Thomas
  • 1990: William W. Graessley
  • 1989: Eugene Helfand
  • 1988: Richard H. Boyd
  • 1987: Hiromichi Kawai, Takeji Hashimoto
  • 1986: Andre J. Kovacs
  • 1985: Edward J. Kramer, Roger P. Kambour
  • 1984: William J. MacKnight, Frank E. Karasz
  • 1983: Motowo Takayanagi, Hiroyuki Tadokoro
  • 1982: Sir Samuel Edwards, Pierre-Gilles deGennes
  • 1981: Robert Simha
  • 1980: Marshall Fixman
  • 1979: E. W. Fischer
  • 1978: Henri Benoit
  • 1977: S. Krim
  • 1976: Richard S. Stein
  • 1975: Walter H. Stockmayer
  • 1974: Frank A. Bovey
  • 1973: H. Douglas Keith, Frank J. Padden, Jr.
  • 1972: Anton Peterlin
  • 1971: John D. Hoffman, John I. Lauritzen
  • 1970: William P. Slichter
  • 1969: Charles W. Bunn
  • 1968: Arthur V. Tobolsky
  • 1967: Julian H. Gibbs, Edmund A. DiMarzio
  • 1966: John D. Ferry
  • 1965: Peter J. W. Debye
  • 1964: Andrew Keller
  • 1963: Bruno H. Zimm
  • 1962: Paul J. Flory