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

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News and Updates

2021 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award to Dr. Chunying Chen
Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering are proud to announce that Dr. Chunying Chen is the winner of the 2021 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award. This award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has made a major impact working at the interface between the biological and human-made worlds. Dr. Chunying Chen will join a …
2021 Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science & Engineering: Dr. Austin M. Evans
Austin M. Evans received his Ph.D. in Chemistry as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Northwestern University with Prof. William R. Dichtel in 2020. During his graduate studies, he developed an innovative colloidal synthesis approach to 2D covalent organic framework polymers, which enabled detailed studies of their nucleation, growth, and error correction modes toward large, defect-free macromolecular sheets with tailored …
2021 ACS Awards in Polymer Science
Professor Craig Hawker is the recipient of the 2021 American Chemical Society Katheryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success. The award recognizes "outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise. Starting with a good idea, sustained by passion, fueled by persistence and hard work, the award recipient created something where nothing existed before. The awardee is recognized …
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 …

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