Global Outstanding Student and Mentor Award in Polymer Science and Engineering


Sponsored by the Chemical Marketing & Economics Topical Group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section (CME), the Award recognizes two USA or international graduate students within one year to graduation or a recent graduate who has completed an outstanding thesis in polymer research accepted by a university during the three-year period prior to January 1 of the award year. The purpose of the award is to disseminate globally the knowledge of polymer research. A unique concept of the Award is to bring to the ACS convention not just the winning student but the related role model such as the thesis advisor.


The award winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque to be presented at the PMSE Division Awards Reception in the Spring ACS meeting of the Award year. This Award also covers expenses for the student and one guest to attend the ACS National Meeting (the total cost is up to $3,500 for international winners or $2,500 for domestic winners). Eligible guests are the thesis advisor, the department chair, the university president, or an officer of the country’s chemical society. The research advisor will also be recognized in publications about the award and during the award presentation.


The inaugural Award was be distributed in 2019.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made by the university thesis supervisor or by others familiar with the nominee’s work. Nominating documents must be in English and include the nominee’s biography, a synopsis of the work, a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor, thesis-relevant publications, supporting documents of any type (e.g. additional letters of recommendation from collaborators), and a passport valid for two years and USA visa eligibility in countries without travel bans or alerts by the US Department of State.  Nominees will be judged by a selection committee for their contribution to the thesis research, the quality and level of innovation, and the impact of the research on the field of polymer science and engineering. 

A PDF file of the nomination package should be sent via email by October 31 prior to the award year to Honggang Cui (email).

For more information, please contact: Honggang Cui, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 221 Maryland Hall, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States. Phone: +001-(410)-516-6878

Deadline for Application

October 1, 2018 – for consideration of the 2019 Award to be presented in the 257th ACS National Meeting (Orlando, FL)

October 1, 2019 – for consideration of the 2020 Award to be presented in the 259th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA) – CANCELLED. We hope to resume this award in 2020.

October 1, 2020 – for consideration of the 2021 Award to be presented in the 261st ACS National Meeting (San Antonio, TX)

2018 Award Winner

The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and the Chemical Marketing & Economics Topical Group of the American Chemical Society (CME), are proud to announce the winners of the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Polymer Science and Engineering and the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in Polymer Science and Engineering.  The winners and their mentors will present their work at the “Third ACS NASA Symposium:  Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” and will be acknowledged at the PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture and Awards Reception scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Seunghyun Sim

Dr. Seunghyun Sim graduated from Seoul National University with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biological Sciences in 2012.  She conducted her doctoral research with professor Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo and received her M.Eng. and Ph.D. in 2017.  Her thesis work focused on engineering protein-based supramolecular nanostructures and functions.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professir David A. Tirrell.  Her current research interests include engineering composite biomaterial with supramolecular protein polymers produced by living bacterial cells. In 2018, Dr. Sim was selected as the inaugeral class of “PMSE Future Faculty Scholars” and presented her work at the Boston ACS meeting.

Dr. Sim will present her work, “Engineering self-assembly of protein polymers for functional materials” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Sim’s mentor is Professor Takuzo Aida.

Dr. Seunghyun Sim

Prof. Takuzo Aida

Prof. Takuzo Aida received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1984, afterwords beginning his  academic career there.  In 1996, he was promoted to full professor and currently serves as Deputy Director for Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science at the University of Tokyo. He has received numerous awards for his work in polymer chemistry, including the “ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry” (2009), the “Purple Ribbon” (2010), the “Fujiwara Prize” (2011), the “Alexander von Humboldt Research Award” (2011), the “Leo Esaki Prize” (2015), the “Chirality Medal” (2017) and the “Japan Academy Prize” (2018).

Prof. Aida will present his work, “Particular noncovalent bondings for self-healable materials” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Prof. Takuzo Aida

Bas van Genabeek

Bas van Genabeek obtained his M. Sc. degree (cum laude) in Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2014. During his studies, he was awarded the “Young Talent Award” by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities and the “Unilever Research Prize” for the best master thesis. In 2018, he finished his Ph.D. research on the synthesis and study of the phase behavior of block co-oligomers with no chain length distribution in the laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry at the TU/e, under supervision of Prof. Egbert (Bert) Willem Meijer and Prof. Anja Palmans. During his Ph.D. research, Bas was awarded the “Dutch Polymer Days Plenary Lecture Award”, the “Best Oral Presentation” at the Emerging Polymer Technologies Summit in Melbourne (2nd place) and the “LANXESS Talent Award” (DWI / RWTH Aachen). Currently, he is employed as a synthetic organic chemist for contract research organization SyMO-Chem in Eindhoven.

Dr. van Genabeek will present his work, “Dispersity under scrutiny: Exploring limits in block copolymer self-assembly” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. van Genabeek’s mentor is Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer.

Bas van Genabeek

Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer

Prof. Meijer is a Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and co-director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Groningen with Hans Wynberg, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991, he was appointed as full professor of Organic Chemistry at TU/e and in 1999 in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Prof. Meijer is adjunct professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen (since 1994) and distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2008. Prof. Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the “Spinoza Award” (2001), the “ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry” (2006), the “AkzoNobel Science Award” (2010), the “International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan” (2011), the “Cope Scholar Award of the ACS” (2012), the “Prelog Medal” (2014), the “Nagoya Gold Medal” (2017) and the “Chirality Medal” (2018). He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he was appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.

Prof. Meijer will present his work, “Supramolecular polymerizations:  Chirality as a muse” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer