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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

Connecting Our Community

Join PMSE and become a member of a supportive professional network of active and diverse members

News and Updates

Fall 2022 Best Poster Award
A distinguished group of Judges from industry, academia, and government laboratories had the task of determining the winners of the PMSE Best Poster Competition at the Fall ACS meeting in Chicago. Congratulations to our winners, who were also recognized at the POLY/PMSE Awards Reception. HANNAH DEDMONNorth Carolina State University Antiplasticizing Interactions Between Biobased Small Molecules and Polyvinyl Alcohol: A Molecular …
Fall 2022 ACS Meeting Doolittle Award Awarded to Prof. Shana Olwyn Kelley
The Arthur K Doolittle Award recognizes an outstanding talk presented during a PMSE symposium at each of the Fall and Spring ACS National Meetings.  The award has two awardees, one per meeting.  Originally established by the Union Carbide Corporation as the Carbide Award, its name was later changed due to Arthur K. Dootlittle’s contribution to the ACS Division of PMSE, the field of polymeric …
2023 PMSE Distinguished Award to Peter Johnson
The PMSE Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize extensive, sustained contributions and service to the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division.  The first awardee was recognized in 1993, and it has continued as a yearly award.  This year we are proud to announce the 2023 PMSE Distinguished Service Award Winner, Dr. Peter Johnson. Peter Johnson received a B.S. from …
Open Abstract Submission for the Spring 2023 ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis
There are 17 open symposium sponsored or co-sponsored by PMSE for the spring ACS National Meeting. It will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 26 to March 30, 2023. These symposium are listed here, and more details are provided on the Future Programming page. Submissions can be made through the MAPS system at acs.org. Abstracts are due by Monday, …
Spring 2022 PMSE Best Poster Award Winners
The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) is pleased to announce the winners of the PMSE Best Poster Awards. Eight undergraduate and graduate students were selected from the PMSE/POLY Joint Poster session at the Spring 2022 ACS NAtional Meeting. Claire DingwellUniversity of Minnesota Regiospecific and linear poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) via the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 3-acetoxy cyclooctene …
2022 ACS Global Outstanding Student and Mentor Awards in Polymer Science and Engineering Award Winners
The 2022 award winners for the ACS Global Outstanding Student and Mentor Awards in Polymer Science and Engineering are Dr. Vivian Feig, advised by Prof. Zhenan Bao, of Standford University, and Dr. Spyridon Varlas, advised by Prof Rachel O'Reilly, of the University of Birmingham, U.K. Dr. Feig's research work on conductive hydrogels and Dr. Varlas's research work on tuning the …
Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award Winners Announced
The 2022 award winners Meng Li and Dr. Baolin Guo from Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) and the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST). The award article is "Two-Pronged Strategy of Biomechanically Active and Biochemically Multifunctional Hydrogel Wound Dressing To Accelerate Wound Closure and Wound Healing", which describes hydrogels which can assist wound closure and also incorporate biochemical functions, creating a …
Prof. Devaraj is the Recipient of the 2021 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award
Dr. Neal K. DevarajUniversity of California, San Diego This year’s recipient is Dr. Neal K. Devaraj at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Devaraj is recognized for groundbreaking contributions to the field of bioorthogonal chemistry and advances in understanding the origins of cellular life. Neal K. Devaraj is a Professor and Murray Goodman Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry …

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