Milner named Radcliffe Institute Fellow


Scott Milner, William H. Joyce Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2015-16 academic year.

Fellows are selected annually and represent some of the most influential scientists, scholars and artists in their field. Only 3 percent of all applicants are accepted.

In accordance to the appointment guidelines, each fellow must pursue an ambitious individual project within the institute’s multidisciplinary community during his or her appointment. In his project, Milner has chosen to focus on harvesting sunlight with novel polymer photocells in an effort to enhance the production of sustainable “green” energy.

As a Radcliffe Fellow, Milner will take residence at the institute with the other selected fellows. The aim of the institute is to provide “a generative and interdisciplinary work dynamic where innovators are afforded the time, space and intellectual stimulation necessary to do their best work in ways that defy expectations and disciplinary boundaries.”

A Penn State faculty member since 2008, Milner has focused his research on microscopic understanding of the unique material properties of polymers and complex fluids. 

His research laboratory focuses on polymer dynamics, glassy systems, ordering and crystallization and polymer entanglement.

Milner’s awards and honors include the John H. Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society (APS). He is also an APS Fellow, having served on the executive committee of the APS Division of Polymer Physics from 1999 to 2003, and as division councilor from 2006 to 2012.

Milner earned his doctorate degree in theoretical condensed-matter physics from Harvard University. He held postdoctoral positions at both Exxon and AT&T Bell Labs before joining Exxon Corporate Research as a principal investigator in 1989.

Founded in 1999, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars.


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