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

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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” …
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 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 …
2022 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science: Mohammed Bin Rusayyis of Northwestern University
2022 Award Winner Mohammed Bin RusayyisNorthwestern University The PMSE Division is pleased to announce that Mohammed Bin Rusayyis is the winner of the 2022 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science.  This award, sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company and administered by the PMSE Division, is given for the best paper presented at the Eastman Chemical Student Award Symposium as part of the PMSE …
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 …