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At the forefront of polymeric design and applications

The Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division helps connect scientists seeking to leverage the unique design, functionality, engineering, and properties of macromolecules in challenging applications

Who We Are

The Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, a division of the American Chemical Society, was founded in 1924 as an association of scientists with an interest in understanding how to improve and understand paints and other polymeric coatings. The complex interactions and optimization between the polymeric material, solvents, substrates, and end use required a collaborative effort to understand fundamental property interactions. PMSE build and maintain relationships, arrange polymeric programs at professional meetings, and promotes the teaching of macromolecular chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Advancing Polymer Research

Focused on scientific discovery and research across macromolecular disciplines and their interaction with other scientific and engineering fields

Developing New Members

Developmental symposium and awards help promote new researchers and expose new ideas to the broader community

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Spring 2023 ACS Conference Preface
265th ACS National Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana Crossroads of Chemistry March 26-30, 2023 Dear Attendees:On behalf of the ACS PMSE Division, I would like to welcome you to the 265th ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis! This meeting will be held in hybrid format with in-person, hybrid, and virtual programming. PMSE has an exciting and timely program with symposia covering a wide range …
2023 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Emily Pentzer
The editors of the Journal of Polymer Science and the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are delighted to present the 2023 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Dr. Emily Pentzer. Emily Pentzer is an Associate Professor in the department of chemistry and the department of materials science and engineering at Texas …
2023 Roy Tess Award to Peter Zarras
Dr. Peter Zarras received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Adelphi University (1984) (Garden City, N.Y.), M.S. degree in Chemistry from the Polytechnic University (1989) (Brooklyn, N.Y., now referred to as New York University Tandon School of Engineering), and Ph.D. degree in Polymer Chemistry (1996) from the Polytechnic University. For his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Zarras investigated ionene-based polymers as bile-acid …
2023 Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering to Christopher DelRe
Chris received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley under the advisement of Professor Ting Xu in January 2021. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in Professor Jarad Mason’s laboratory, in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, in January 2023. Chris is currently an assistant professor in the Nanoscience Initiative at …
Award Deadlines for 2023
Nominations for PMSE managed awards are shown below for the 2023 calendar year. Please see the PMSE Awards pages for the relevant award nomination package definitions and requirements. Award NameOpen for NominationsDeadline for NominationsHenkel Graduate Outstanding Student AwardJanuary 25Journal of Polymer Science Innovation AwardOctober 1, 2022January 31Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper AwardJanuary 31Early Investigator SymposiumJanuary 1February 1Future Faculty …
2023 PMSE Fellows Announced
The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) have selected a new class of PMSE Fellows for 2023.  The following distinguished PMSE members have been chosen: Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, Thomas Epps III, Chuanbin Mao, and Michael Rubinstein Professor Elizabeth M. Cosgriff-HernándezUniversity of Texas at Austin Citation: “For outstanding contributions to polymeric biomaterial and tissue engineering research in …
Nominations for the 2023 Future Faculty Symposium and Early Investigator Symposium are now open
Nominations for both symposium held at the Fall National Meeting will be open until February 1, 2023. PMSE Future Faculty Symposium Honorees are chosen from postdocs who have made significant contributions to their respective fields within polymer materials science and engineering and are applying to academic positions during that year. The invited honorees speak at a two-day “PMSE Future Faculty” …
2023 Cooperative Research Award to Tyler Culp, Enrique Gomez, Manish Kumar, Mou Paul, Abhishek Roy, Jeffrey Wilbur
The collaborative research team is represented by DuPont, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Penn State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Tyler Culp, Penn State University Enrique Gomez, Penn State University Manish Kumar, University of Texas at Austin Mou Paul, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Abhishek Roy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Jeffrey Wilbur, DuPont This research team represents a successful collaboration between academia …