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Atlanta – Fall 2021

ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting will be held virtually and in person in Atlanta, CA from August 22 to August 26, 2021. PMSE is pleased to sponsor 13 symposia along with co-sponsored symposia with the Division of Polymer Chemistry.

Awards and invited symposium for the meeting include:

  • ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science to Dirk J. Broer
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship to Chunying Chen
  • Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success to Craig J. Hawker
  • Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Garret M. Miyake
  • Roy W. Tess Award to Shanti Swarup

Attend the Virtual Conference

Live technical sessions will be held weekdays August 22 – 26. On-demand content will be available starting August 22 until September 30.

The full preface for Atlanta is available for view as a PDF.

Chair’s Message

To the PMSE family, I hope everyone is safe, healthy, and have adjusted to a continually changing new normal.

We are a go for the upcoming fall meeting although it will be different yet again. ACS has continued its stance re the virtual platform and will now enable ‘live’ presentations, the type that we have all become so used to in our daily work and personal lives. Several months ago, each division was allowed to select whether it wanted to be in-person or virtual in Atlanta as the pandemic situation appeared to be headed in a favorable direction. PMSE chose virtual out of precaution back then; POLY chose in-person and so it will be a fractured meeting from my perspective. The random meetings of colleagues in the hallways and meeting rooms will be greatly diminished. Up until a month ago, some of us were wondering if in-person might have been the best way to go but as the rapidly changing COVID numbers driven by the highly contagious delta variant recently indicate, PMSE’s caution now seems prescient.

As I write this, I am currently sitting at my first ‘in-person’ technical meeting since the pandemic started. It is small, people are cautious, but most importantly, the ‘interaction’ dynamic is a real thing. Hopefully we will be back to ‘normal’ – full in-person at next Spring’s meeting, but until then, we will endeavor to have a technically vibrant, interactive, and fulfilling meeting. For those of you who might be in Atlanta, I hope to see you in person. Finally, a special thank you to all the volunteers of PMSE who spend so much of their time making the division top-notch.

Your chair,

Tim Bunning


Travel Support

For PMSE members, please see the following graduate student awards to help fund travel to ACS National meetings. Please visit these links for further information on eligibility and requirements.

Additional resources are available from the American Chemical Society