Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering


The Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering is given to recognize the cooperative research between industrial and academic or industrial and national laboratory scientists. The cooperative research must be of significant importance to polymer science and technology.


This award can be an individual award or can be shared by a team comprised of an academic and an industrial scientist or a scientist from national laboratory and an industrial scientist. (Teams of more than two people may be considered.) The awardee(s) is(are) expected to give a lecture at the Spring ACS National Meeting. The award is composed of a $5000 prize, which will be split equally if there are two (or more) awardees. There will also be a plaque, and up to a total of $3000 travel allowance (not to exceed $1500 per person), which can be split equally if there are two (or more) awardees, to attend the meeting, give the lecture, and to be presented with the award.


The award was originally established in the fall of 1992 and is supported by a generous gift from the Eastman Kodak Company.


The nominee(s) for this award must have a documented record (patents, publications, etc.) of sustained, intensive cooperative and collaborative research across the university/industry or national laboratory/industry interface.


Nominations are to be submitted by August 15 of each year to the Chair of the PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee.

The nomination should include brief curriculum vitae of the candidate(s) and significant evidence of the collaborative research including supporting letter(s) explaining the significance of the research. If the research is carried out by a group of scientists from academia, national laboratory, or industry, the nomination should also highlight the contributions made by each researcher in the group.

Nominations will be reviewed by the PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee.  The  2022 Cooperative Research Award deadline will be on August 15, 2021.  Please forward applications to Dr. Howard Creel, 3M [Email]

2021 Award Winners

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, and Donald Sjogren.

Over the past decade, this team has worked to transform the laboratory curiosity of gel point suppression in controlled radical polymerization into a new family of low-cost biobased branched thermoplastic copolymers. Poly(acrylated epoxidized high oleic soybean oil) (PAEHOSO) is a rubbery polymer that provides crack and rut resistance in pavements formulated with high recycled content and other low cost asphalt sources. PAEHOSO can be produced in soy-based rejuvenating oils that further aid in the rehabilitation of recycled pavements. The polymer/oil cement, known as “BioMAG”, is manufactured at nearly 100% atom efficiency without the need for organic solvent or polymer finishing steps. To date, 50 tons of BioMAG have been produced and used in demonstration paving projects in several states throughout the US. The first full-scale commercial batch is planned for Spring 2021 production. Poly(acrylated glycerol) (PAG) can be manufactured from crude glycerol as a water soluble adhesive that displaces PMDI in wood composite materials. The team has shown that PAG adhesives can be spray-applied in the same equipment currently used throughout the industry to yield formaldehyde-free fiberboards with reduced PMDI content. PAG-produced boards are compatible with a caol-free manufacturing process, exceed US and EU standards for strength and water resistance, and have superior machining characteristics.

The team continues to collaborate to scale PAG manufacturing to the multi-ton level to enable full production runs at commercial mills in 2021.

Eric W. Cochran, Iowa State University
Donald Sjogren, Seneca Petroleum
R. Christopher Williams, Iowa State University

Past Winners

From 1994


Jean M. J. Fréchet, Cornell University
Hiroshi Ito, IBM
C. Grant Willson, University of Texas at Austin, previously IBM


Leo Mandelkern, Florida State University
C. Stanley Speed and Ferdinand C. Stehling, Exxon Corp.


Ray H. Baughman, Allied-Signal


Henry K. Hall, Jr., University of Arizona


Lynda K. Johnson, DuPont
Maurice Brookhart, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Jose E. Valentini, Sterling Diagnostic Imaging
Yee C. Chiew, Leslie J. Fina, John Q. Jiang, Rutgers University


James A. Schwindeman, FMC Corporation
Roderic P. Quirk, University of Akron


P.S. Chum, Dow Chemical Company
Anne Hiltner, Case Western Reserve University


Benny Freeman, University of Texas at Austin
Ingo Pinnau, Membrane Technology and Research


Craig Hawker, IBM Almaden Research Center
Thomas Russell, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University


Frank W. Harris, University of Akron
Bruce K. Winker, Rockwell International
Stephen Z. D. Cheng, University of Akron


Steven D. Smith, Proctor and Gamble
Richard J. Spontak, North Carolina State University


Alec Scranton, University of Iowa
Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado at Boulder
Joe Oxman, 3M Corporation
Michael Idacavage, Cytec Industries
John Woods, Henkel Corporation
Donald Herr, National Starch and Chemical


Frank S. Bates, University of Minnesota
Glenn H. Fredrickson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dennis A. Hucul, Dow Chemical Company
Stephen F. Hahn, Dow Chemical Company


Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University
James Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center


Nikos Hadjichristidis, University of Athens
David J. Lohse, ExxonMobil Co.


Timothy E. Long, Virginia Tech
Carl L. Willis, Kraton Polymers, LLC


Timothy Bunning, Air Force Research Laboratory
Timothy White, Air Force Research Laboratory
Nelson Tabiryan, BEAM Engineering


Emanuel Gianneliskern, Cornell University
Clois Powell, Texas State University
Gary Beal, Texas State University


Benjamin S. Hsiao, Stony Brook University
Andy H. Tsou, ExxonMobil Chemical Company


Brian Benicewicz, University of South Carolina
Gordon Calundann, Celanese Corporation


Edmund Elce, Promerus LLC/Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.
Paul A. Kohl, Georgia Institute of Technology


Dr. John Rabolt, University of Delaware, Formerly IBM Almaden Research Center
Dr. D. Bruce Chase, DuPont


Dr. Christopher Stafford, NIST 
Dr. Edwin Chan, NIST
Professor Michael Hickner, Penn State
Professor Coray Colina, University of Florida
Dr. James Sturnfield, Dow Chemical
Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Dow Chemical
Dr. Abhishek Roy, Dow Chemical


Professor Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado
Professor Timothy Scott, University of Michigan
Dr. Ahmed Abuelyaman, 3M
Dr. Peter Bissinger, 3M
Dr. Bradley Craig, 3M
Karsten Dede, 3M
Dr. Timothy Dunbar, 3M
Dr. Adrian Eckert, 3M
Dr. Babu Gaddam, 3M retiree
Dr. Guy Joly, 3M
Dr. Larry Krepski, 3M retiree
Dr. Joe Oxman, 3M