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PMSE Distinguished Service Award

Started in 1993, the PMSE Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize extensive, sustained contributions and service to the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division.

2022 Award Winner

Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, AFRL

Dr. Timothy J. Bunning  is the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), serving as the corporate-level science and technology interface for a government workforce of ~6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine technology directorates and 711th Human Performance Wing. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, is active in numerous technical communities and is a Fellow of AFRL, the Optical Society of America, the Society of Optical Engineering, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Materials Research Society and the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division of ACS. His research interests center on responsive optical, electro- optical and photo-optical structured organic and hybrid materials and approaches for utility in optical sensing, laser beam control and filtering (modulation) applications. He has co-authored more than 300 refereed papers and more than 130 proceedings and holds 18 patents. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tim has served PMSE through a variety of roles during his career including serving on the technical programming committee back in the day, as a long-time Member-at-Large, organizing numerous symposia, and most recently rotating through the PMSE Executive Committee serving as the Treasurer for two years (2017-2018), Program Chair (2019), Chair Elect (2020), Chair (2021), and Past Chair (2022).  Tim states “It has been a pleasure to build a network of close colleagues and friends, and I would recommend early volunteerism into the division and the larger technical community as a whole. Those connects made through these interactions have legs and will serve young S&E’s into the future”.  He is humbled to receive the award  and happy that things are getting back to normal with regard to national meetings and face-to-face contact within the community.  The last 24 months has been a challenge regarding the ‘PMSE division norms’ with the constantly changing national and ACS rules due to the COVID situation.

Award Details

The awardee will receive a $1500 prize, plaque, and a maximum of $1500 travel allowance to attend the Spring ACS National Meeting where the award is presented.


Nominations for the next calendar year on August 30. Nomination packages are considered active for 4 years and should follow package submission guidelines.

Award Selection

Nominations will be reviewed by the members of the PMSE Distinguished Award Committee and any additional reviewers selected by the committee.

Past Recipients

Nominations and Award Process

Rules of Eligibility

The award is granted to an individual who is a current PMSE member. Nominees must be a long-standing PMSE member and have had on the order of 20+ years of engagement with PMSE, with substantial active involvement in the division. Activities could include serving as a leader on the Division’s Executive Committee, organizing many large symposia, serving as a PMSE representative on the ACS Council, or leading other important committee activities.

Nominations Package

Nominations are to be submitted by August 30 for consideration as an awardee for the next year. Nomination packages will be considered active for a term of four nomination years.

The nomination must include: (1) curriculum vitae and (2) supporting letter(s) describing the significance of the service to the PMSE division. All files should be sent in a single email to the Chair of the PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee at .

Award Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by the members of the PMSE Distinguished Award Committee and any additional reviewers selected by the committee. Awardees are announced in the first half of the calendar year.

Conference Award Ceremony

Awards are presented at the Spring National ACS Conference.

Full List of PMSE Distinguished Service Award Winners

2020 – Present

2020 Qinghuang Lin

2010 – 2019

2019 Ray Fernando

2018 Christopher N. Bowman

2017 Stuart Croll 

2016 Mark Soucek

2015 Jamil Baghdachi

2014 James V. Crivello

2013 Gordon P. Bierwagen

2012 Benny D. Freeman

2011 Dean C. Webster

2010 Charles R. Hegedus

2000 – 2009

2009 Christian Decker

2008 Clifford K. Schoff 

2007 L. E. (Skip) Scriven

2006 Jonathan W. Martin

2005 J. Edward Glass

2004 Omkaram Nalamasu

2003 Rose Ryntz

2002 Mohamed El-Aasser

2001 Frank N. Jones

2000 David R. Bauer

1990 – 1999

1999 Mitchell A. Winnik

1998 Loren W. Hill

1997 Werner J. Blank

1996 John K. Gillham

1995 John L. Gardon

1994 Werner Funke

1993 Larry F. Thompson

1992 Ray A. Dickie

1991 Kenneth L. Hoy

1990 Walter K. Asbeck

1986 – 1989

1989 Theodore Provder

1988 Zeno W. Wicks, Jr.

1987 Marco Wismer

1986 Williams D. Emmons