PMSE is pleased to sponsor 15 oral symposia, Sci-Mix, and the Joint PMSE-POLY Poster Session for the Fall 2018 National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.

Abstracts Open

January 2018

Technical Program Available

May 2018

Attend the Conference

August 19-23, 2018



Industry Support

Kaneka Corporation
Southwestern Petroleum University
Formosa Plastics Co., USA
Akron Ascent Innovations, LLC
Solvay Specialty Polymers
Micrometrics Instrument Corp.
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
PPG Industries, Inc.
IKA Works, Inc.
Pure Process Technology
LC Technology Solutions, Inc.
Kurt J. Lesker Compnay
Chemglass Life Sciences
Tosoh Bioscience
Strem Chemicals, Inc.
Agilent Technologies
1-Material Inc
Argonne National Laboratory
Dow Chemical
Chemglass Life Sciences

Partner Society

Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) -Polymer Division

Journals and Publishers

ACS Applied Material and Interfaces
ACS Applied Engery Materials
ACS Central Science
ACS Macro Letters

Royal Society of Chemistry

Joule (Cell Press)

PMSE Sponsored Symposium

Award Symposia

Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship and Award: Symposium in Honor of Wolfgang Parak  [Primary sponsors of COLL and Bioconjugate Chemistry]

Organizers [Email]
Vincent M. Rotello, University of Massachusetts
Christopher G. England, ACS
Erin Lavik, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Bradley Smith, University of Notre Dame
Jan van Hest, Radboud University Nijmegen
Gang Zheng, University of Toronto
Dwight Seferos, University of Toronto
Deirdre McDaniel, University of Massachusetts

Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award in Honor of Darren I. Lipomi, Mohammad A. Alkhadra & Samuel E. Root [Co-sponsored with INOR; PMSE is primary]

Organizers [Email]
Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta
Carlos Toro, ACS
Christopher Soles, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Organizers [Email]
Mahesk K Manhanthappa, University of Minnesota

Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering: Symposium in Honor of Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy [PMSE primary, co-sponsored with POLY]

Organizers [Email]
Mahesh K. Mahanthappa, University of Minnesota

Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award Symposium in Honor of Rachel O'Reilly

Organizers [Email]
Craig Hawker, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jenny Mahoney, Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics, John Wiley and Sons

Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Christopher Bowman

Organizers [Email]
Alec Scranton, University of Iowa
C. Allan Guymon, University of Iowa

Open Symposia

Advances in Bioconjugate Materials for Biomedical Applications

Organizers [Email]
Vincent M. Rotello, University of Massachusetts
Christopher England, ACS
Erin Lavik, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Bradley Smith, Brett Helms, University of Notre Dame
Jan van Hest, Radboud University Nijmengen
Gang Zheng, University of Toronto
Deirdre McDaniel, University of Massachusetts

Advances in Space Exploration: Second ACS NASA Symposium

Organizers [Email]
George Rodriguez
Charles Brumlik, Nano-Biz LLC
Qinghuang Lin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Designing Polymers for Function in Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices [Co-sponsored with ENFL]

Organizers [Email]
Brett Helms, The Molecular Foundry
Dwight Seferos, University of Toronto

Dynamic Bonds for Structurally Precise Polymeric Materials

Organizers [Email]
Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli, Georgetown University
S. Thai Thayumanavan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Developing polymers with precise control over its structure in higher dimensions generates materials with unique properties that are useful for many applications including electronics, sensors, energy storage, drug delivery, gas storage, and separation.  However, synthesizing polymeric materials with precise structure is a daunting task for polymer scientists as it necessitates controlling both structure (in higher dimensions) and bond forming events simultaneously. Nature uses dynamic bonds, including hydrogen bonding and disulfide chemistry to control protein structure and folding events. Inspired from Nature, dynamic covalent and non-covalent bonds have been used to generate polymeric materials with precise two- and three-dimensional structures, including macrocycles, covalent organic frameworks, and ordered polymeric networks. The goal of this forum is to bring the scientists working on different aspects of this problem together to identify the gaps, discuss novel strategies to address these gaps and current problems, and identify the systems to which the existing strategies can be applied.

Topics of special interest to this symposium include

  • Strategies to synthesize structurally precise macrocycles, COFs, and polymer networks
  • Structural parameters that control the dynamicity of dynamic bonds
  • Impact of dynamic bond kinetics and structural parameters on synthesis of complex polymers and materials
  • Developing novel dynamic chemistries
General Papers/New Concepts in Polymeric Materials

This scope of this symposium is to cover general submissions of high impact in fields outside of the current symposium topics. This can include, but is not limited to, submissions covering polymeric materials, material science, polymer engineering, and coating technology.

Joint PMSE/POLY Poster Session

The poster session symposium covers all submissions within both the symposium topics and general submissions on polymeric materials, material science, polymer engineering, and coating technology.

Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Surface Damage Phenomena in Polymers

Organizers [Email]
Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut
Masaya Kotaki, Kaneka Americas Holding
Yuntao Li, Southwest Petroleum University, China
Daniel Liu, Apple Inc.
Dazhi Sun, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Kevin White

PMSE Future Faculty Symposium

Organizers [Email]
Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University
Julie L.P. Jessop, University of Iowa
Luis Campos, Columbia University

PMSE Young Investigator Symposium

Organizers [Email]
Emily Pentzer, Case Western Reserve University
Cole DeForest, University of Washington

Polymer Nanoscience and Nanotechnology [Co-sponsored with Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) - Polymer Division (PD)]

Organizers [Email]
Qinghuang Lin
Zi-Chen Li
Dujin Wang

Porous Polymers [Co-sponsored with POLY]

Organizers [Email]
Michael S. Silverstein, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Neil R. Cameron, Monash University
Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell University
William Dichtel, Northwestern University

Probing Structure and Morphology of Polymers and Polymer Composites in Real and Reciprocal Space.  

Organizers [Email]
Ellen Heeley, The Open University
Dalia Yablon 

Stereochemical Enhancement of Materials Properties

Organizers [Email]
Matthew Becker, University of Akron
Andrew Dove, University of Warwick

Surface, Interface, and Coating Materials [Co-sponsored with POLY, COLL]

Organizers [Email]
Shan Jiang, Iowa State University
Xin Yong, Binghamton University
Zhiqiang Cao, Wayne State University

Synthesis, Processing, and Device Engineering of Polymeric Electronic Materials

Organizers [Email]
Lei Fang
Jianguo Mei
Chong-An Di
Alexander Dudnik

Tough and Toughened Polymers

Organizers [Email]
Kohzo Ito, University of Tokyo
Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University
Atsushi Takahara, Kyushu University
Arimitsu Usuki, Toyota R&D
Albert Yee, University of California, Irvine
Nikhil Verghese, SABIC

Please download the full PDF for more details.

Plastics, rubber and composites that are strong and tough are essential for accelerated implementation of autonomous, pollution-free electrical vehicles. These materials will also impact all industries that use polymeric materials to achieve societal needs for safety, security and low environmental impact while raising quality of life.  This symposium intends to draw researchers across the boundaries of material science, chemistry, physics, mechanics, and rheology to disseminate knowledge on recent breakthroughs in fundamental understanding and preparation of tough and toughened polymers for structural applications. We solicit researchers from related scientific disciplines to present theoretical, experimental, and computational studies in the following topics:

  • New chemistry to prepare tough and toughenable polymers
  • Physics of fracture and toughening
  • Advances in fracture mechanics
  • Novel toughening concepts
  • Advanced characterization techniques

The confirmed invited speakers include (in alphabetical order):

Costantino Creton (ESPCI), Kohzo Ito (Univ Tokyo), Jimmy Kishi (Hyogo Univ), Jumpei Kawada (Toyota Central R&D), Sadayuki Kobayashi (Toray), Ludwik LeiBler (CNRS), Ray Pearson (Lehigh Univ), H.-J. Sue (Texas A&M), Atsushi Takahara (Kyushu Univ), Katsuhiko Tsunoda (Bridgestone), Shi-Qing Wang (Univ Akron)

Synthesis, Processing, and Device Engineering of Polymeric Electronic Materials

Organizers [Email]
Lei Fang, Texas A&M University
Jianguo Mei, Purdue University
Chong-An Di, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Alexander Dudnik, University of California Davis

Travel Support

For PMSE members, please see the following graduate student awards to help fund travel to ACS National meetings.

Additional resources are available from the American Chemical Society 

Please visit these links for further information on eligibility and requirements.

Conference Details

Conference details will be included once available.