2019 Message

Matt Becker, Duke University

PMSE Colleagues and Friends,

It has been a privilege to serve as the 2019 Chair of the PMSE Division of the American Chemical Society.  The Division is committed to being inclusive and serving the needs of its diverse membership.  In 2024, the PMSE Division will celebrate our 100th anniversary!

I have recently joined Duke University as a Professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Orthopaedic Surgery.  Previously, I was the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Akron.  I began my career in the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  All experiences have been wildly different and this reflects and highlights the widespread interests and topics of research within the PMSE Division.  My own research is focused on developing bioactive polymers for regenerative medicine and drug delivery.

PMSE is committed to increasing the level of service that we provide our members and providing a welcoming and inclusive ecosystem for all of its members.  The PMSE leadership team is actively searching for ways to provide enhanced opportunities for our members to interact in a way that enhances the sharing of knowledge, highlights networking opportunities and provides career development programming and symposia for the next generation of scientists and engineers. If you have ideas on how PMSE can better serve you, please let us know. As your 2019 Chair, I welcome you to contact me directly (matthew.l.becker@duke.edu; 919-681-3812) if you have suggestions on how we can better achieve our mission.


To provide a polymer-based forum for the exchange of technical information and foster interactions in materials science and engineering.

We are always interested in cultivating the next generation of leadership to move our Division forward into the next century.  If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I have served PMSE is a range of capacities, including 5 years as a Technical Program Chair, 2 years as Treasurer, one year as Chair-Elect, one year as Vice Chair, and in 2019 the Division Chair.  PMSE service and membership has provided countless opportunities to meet new people and interact with scientists, engineers and students from around the world.  I encourage you to get involved.

One of the greatest benefits that we provide our members is up-to-date, dynamic, and flexible programming at the ACS National Meetings every Spring and Fall.  To see what PMSE symposia are currently on the docket, check out our future programming link.  This Fall in San Diego, PMSE is hosting 15 symposia with more than 530 abstracts submitted.  I hope you find the science you are looking for.

Matthew L Becker
Duke University
2019 PMSE Chair

Past Chairs

2018 Melissa Grunlan

2017 Christopher Soles

2016 Qinghuang Lin

2015 Sergio Granados-Focil

2014 Jamil Baghdachi

2013 David C. Martin

2012 David Schiraldi

2011 Todd Emrick

2010Julie L. P. Jessop

2009 E. Bryan Coughlin

2008 Dean Webster

2007 Elliott Douglas

2006 Ron DeMartino

2005 Benny Freeman

2004 Jay Dias

2003 Paul Valint

2002 Larry F. Charbonneau

2001 Peggy Cebe

2000 Christopher Ober

1999 David A. Cocuzzi

1998 David J. Lohse

1997 Frank Jones

1996 Donald Schulz

1995 Elsa Reichmanis

1994 David Bauer

1993 George Pilcher

1992 S. Richard Turner

1991 Michael Jaffe

1990 James Kinstle

1989 Theodore Davidson

1988 Ted Provder

1987 Ray A. Dickie

1986 John H. Lupinshki

1985 Ronald Bauer

1984 Murrae J. Bowden

1983 Richard H. Mumma

1982 Macro Wismer

1981 Sandy S. Labana

1980 John L. Gardon

1979 Larry F. Thompson

1978 Roy W. Tess

1977 Rufus F. Wint

1976 Lieng-Huang Lee

1975 Clara D. Craver

1974 George E.F. Brewer

1973 Lambertus H. Princen

1972 Louis J. Nowacki

1971 Carleton W. Roberts

1970 K.N. Edwards