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 between an academic and an industrial scientist or between a scientist from national laboratory and an industrial scientist. The awardee(s) is expected to give a lecture at the Spring ACS National Meeting. Each awardee will receive a $5000 prize (or $2500 per person if there are two awardees), plaque and a $1500 maximum travel (per awardee) allowance to attend the meeting to 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  2020 Cooperative Research Award deadline will be on August 15, 2019.  Please forward applications to Professor Sadhan C. Jana [Email]

2018 Award Winner: Dr. John Rabolt and Dr. D. Bruce Chase

University of Delaware, Formerly IBM Almaden Research Center and DuPont

The 2018 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering from American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering is given to Dr. John Rabolt and Dr. D. Bruce Chase. The extended collaboration between Rabolt and Chase has involved industry-academic interactions and the transition of scientific advances from the laboratory to commercially technologies, particularly in the development and subsequent widespread use of FT-Raman Spectroscopy. The two began interacting in the early 1980’s while Rabolt was at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, and Chase at DuPont Central Research at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE. In 1996 Rabolt then moved to become the founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware. He is currently Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Chase has since retired from DuPont and now holds a position as Research Professor at the University of Delaware.

The ongoing, more than 30-year collaboration between Rabolt and Chase has yielded more than 69 joint publications, several patents, co-founding of a startup company (PAIR Technologies LLC), and the co-mentoring of 15 students (and counting). Their work has integrated polymer materials science, engineering, and education, and continues to have impact across many venues.

John Rabolt received the Bachelor of Science in Physics degree from the State University of New York in Oneonta in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1974. He has more than 227 publications.

D. Bruce Chase received a B.A. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Williams College in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University in 1975. Along with Prof. Rabolt, he was the recipient of the 2013 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award from the Materials Research Society.

An award symposium to honor the 2018 winners will be held at the national ACS meeting in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, March 20th. The award will be presented at the joint Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and Division of Polymer Chemistry joint awards reception on Wednesday, March 21st.

For more information, contact Dr. Sadhan C. Jana, University of Akron, Akron, OH, Chairman, PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee, Telephone: 330-972-8293, janas@uakron.edu.

Dr. Chase

Dr. Kohl

Dr. Rabolt

Dr. Rabolt

Past Winners



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