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2018 Fall ACS Meeting – Message from the Vice-Chair

256th ACS National Meeting
August 19-23, 2018
Boston, MA

Location & Theme: The 256td National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will run from Sunday, August 19nd to Thursday, August 23rd in Boston, MA. The theme of this meeting is “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond.” PMSE will hold all PMSE symposia at the Westin Boston Waterfront and the joint PMSE/POLY Poster Session and Reception at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center – Hall B2/C.

PMSE Desk and Lounge – At Westin Boston Waterfront –Grand Ballroom Foyer: Please stop by the PMSE desk and lounge area located at the Grand Ballroom Foyer. This is conveniently located near many PMSE symposia. This is a great place to meet up with colleagues and renew your PMSE membership!

Programming: The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) expresses our thanks to your Technical Program Co-chairs (Chad R. Snyder – NIST, Alexander Norman – Exxon Mobil, Brad Olsen – MIT, and Xinqiao Jia – U Del) for putting together an exciting set of technical symposia. These symposia span the range of innovative and interdisciplinary topics at the forefront of polymer science and engineering. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the symposium organizers for their time and dedication in putting together individual sessions. Finally, we must give a big “thank you” to the organizations which generously supported individual symposia.

The PMSE program at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston features 22 symposia, and over 800 papers. This is a notably high number of papers and reflects the excitement for the symposia topics and the vibrancy of our discipline. PMSE is proud to serve as a home for this technical programming.

Kavli Foundation Lecture Series: Once again, this series will feature two exciting lectures starting at 4:00 pm on Monday August 20 (Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Ballroom West):

  • The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture given by Harry Altwater (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA) on “Light as Fuel”.
  • The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture by Jill Millstone (University of Pittsburgh) on “Metal-ligand chemistry in nanoparticle synthesis and performance”.

PMSE Symposia and Events: The PMSE Technical Program Co-chairs and symposia organizers have assembled a diverse set of symposia, including several award symposia that include:

  • Dynamic Bonds for Structurally Precise Polymeric Materials
  • Stereochemical Enhancement of Materials Properties
  • Designing Polymers for Function in Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices
  • Porous Polymers
  • Advances in Bioconjugate Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science: Symposium in Honor of Paula T. Hammond
  • ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials in Honor of Elsa Reichmanis
  • Polymer Nanoscience and Technology
  • Young Investigator’s Symposium
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship and Award Symposium
  • Probing Structure and Morphology of Polymers and Polymer Composites in Real and Reciprocal Space
  • Tough and Toughened Polymers
  • Journal of Polymer Science Award Symposium in Honor of Rachel O’Reilly
  • Stereotypical Enhancement of Materials Properties
  • Advances in Space Exploration: Second ACS NASA Symposium
  • Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Award Symposium in Honor of Wolfgang J. Parak
  • PMSE Future Faculty Symposium
  • Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Surface Damage Phenomena in Polymers
  • Surface, Interface, and Coating Materials
  • Synthesis, Processing, and Device Engineering of Polymeric Electronic Materials
  • General Papers/New Concepts in Polymeric Materials
  • Joint PMSE/POLY Poster Session
  • PMSE/POLY complementary graduate student/post-doctoral Happy Hour

PMSE is also pleased to co-sponsor these symposia:

  • Block Polymer Synthesis & Nanoscale Self Assembly (POLY)
  • Polymer History (POLY)
  • TOSOH Lectures : Interface of Polymer Science & Biology (POLY)
  • TOSOH Lectures: Nanocomposites & Nanostructured Materials (POLY)

Poster Session: On Tuesday (August 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Boston Convention &Exhibit Center – Hall B2/C), we will continue to sponsor a joint poster session between the PMSE and POLY divisions. PMSE will recognize outstanding research presented at the poster sessions with Outstanding Poster Awards which will be on display at the Wednesday evening awards reception.


PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture & Award Reception: On Wednesday (August 22nd, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, Grand Ballroom A, Westin Boston Waterfront), we will hold the plenary lecture and award reception. The lecture will be provided by:

  • Timothy Bunning from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) speaking on “Translating polymer science and engineering into practice: Air Force Materials Science and Technology”. He is a Fellow of ACS and serves currently as PMSE’s Treasurer.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this reception to hear Dr. Bunning’s talk as well as to recognize the many PMSE and POLY award recipients. The PMSE awardees include:

  • Chemistry of Materials Award – Darren Lipomi, Mohammad Alkhadra, Samuel Root
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award – Wolfgang Parak
  • Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award – Rachl O’Reilly
  • Roy W. Tess Award – Christopher Bowman
  • Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science & Engineering – Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy

For PMSE members who are unable to attend the ACS national meeting, selected presentations are available at the ACS website after each meeting at


PMSE will continue to develop meeting programming on emerging fields of polymeric materials including biomaterials, coatings & composites, polymer physics, smart polymers, advanced functional polymeric materials, etc. Please contact Eva Harth or the Programming Committee if you are interested in organizing a PMSE symposium.

As always, we thank you for your continued PMSE membership and for your contributions to PMSE programming. I hope to see you in Boston!


Eva Harth

Outgoing Vice Chair, PMSE

Chair-Elect, PMSE

University of Houston

Dept. of Chemistry

Center for Excellence in Polymer Chemistry

Houston, TX