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Advancing Macromolecular Materials


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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.

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News and Updates

Message from Lisa Baugh on the PMSE Programming for the 261st ACS National Meeting
Welcome, attendees, to the 261st ACS National Meeting! PMSE was hoping to greet visitors in Texas (my home state) this Spring. San Antonio is beautiful this time of year, and the food alone is worth the trip. But we are happy to have your participation in our second virtual National Meeting. Its format has been enhanced significantly from Fall 2020 …
2021 PMSE Distinguished Service Award to Melissa Grunlan
Melissa Grunlan is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Holder of the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship in Engineering, TAMU Presidential Impact Fellow, and TAMU Chancellor EDGES Fellow. She holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Department of Chemistry. Prof. Grunlan obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. …
2021 Message From the Chair
To the extended PMSE community, it is an honor to serve as your 2021 Division Chair in these unique and sometimes trying times. I hope everyone is safe, has adapted to a different normal, and are finding the ‘good’ within these times that have forced us to think and act differently. PMSE has a robust extended executive committee and to …
2021 Cooperative Research Award to Eric W. Cochran, R. Christopher Williams, and Donald Sjogren
Eric W. Cochran¹, R. Christopher Williams¹, and Donald Sjogren² ¹Iowa State University, ²Seneca Petroleum The 2021 Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science & Engineering recognizes the team of researchers from Iowa State University and Seneca Petroleum in their research efforts into biobased thermplastic polymers. . The collaborative research team is represented by Professor Eric W. Cochran, Professor R. Christopher Williams, …
2021 Roy W. Tess Award to Shanti Swarup
Dr. Swarup, Life-long PPG Collegium Member, has been a highly valued contributor to PPG’s success for 32 years, with his entire career focused on developing and commercializing novel polymer architectures for the coatings industry. He and his team have developed 220 unique polymers of which 55 are used in commercial coatings. He is named inventor and author on over 600 …
2021 PMSE Fellows Announced
The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) has selected a new class of PMSE Fellows for 2020.  The following distinguished PMSE members have been chosen: Gregory Beaucage, Bhristian U. Thomas, and Bryan D. Vogt. They will be inducted as the twenty first class of PMSE Fellows. PMSE is pleased to welcome this distinguished group of polymer scientists and engineers …
Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Dr. Brett P. Fors
Professor Brett P. ForsCornell University 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 2020 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Dr. Brett P. Fors. In the 9 years since its inception, the Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award honors …
Global Outstanding Scientist Award Deadline Extended
Sponsored by the Chemical Marketing & Economics Topical Group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section (CME), the Award recognizes two USA or international graduate students within one year to graduation or a recent graduate who has completed an outstanding thesis in polymer research accepted by a university during the three-year period prior to January 1 of the award …

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