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2017 Young Investigator's Symposium

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:10 AM

The 2017 PMSE Young Investigator’s Symposium has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s PMSE Division 2016 Innovative Project Grant (IPG). This symposium will be held at the 253rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition in April 2017. The objective of the Symposium is to create a signature event highlighting Young Investigators who have excelled in Materials Research within the first few years of their careers. The 2017 Symposium is co-organized by Luis Campos (Columbia University) and Jeannette Garcia (IBM Research—Almaden) and will feature 24 international young scientists from academia, industry, and National Labs. The 2017 class of Young Investigators represent a group of talented teachers, researchers, mentors, and future role models and, for the first time in the history of the Symposium, each section will also feature a Special Lecture by an established pioneer in Materials. A dinner and awards reception for the Young Investigators will serve as networking events and provide a platform for scientific discourse between a diverse assembly of scientists. Due to the high quality of research presented from all speakers in academia, national labs, and industry, this event will draw a large group of students, increasing engagement and serving to grow the polymer and materials communities.

IUPAC International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Material

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:05 AM

The 2016 IUPAC International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Material is being held in Jeju, Korea on Oct 4-7.   The conference is also an international event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Polymer Society of Korea. 

For more information, please visit http://www.psk40.org/

Congratulations to the 2016 ACS Fellows

Posted on August 14, 2016 at 8:55 PM



Please join PMSE in congratulating the well deserved recognition of our friends and colleagues.


2017 Distinguished Award Winner Announced

Posted on August 14, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Congratulations to Charles E. Carraher, who was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

2016 Eastman Chemical Student Award Competition for Best Polymer Ph.D

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 12:45 AM

The PMSE division is excited to be conducting the final competition for the 2016 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science. In this technical session, at the fall 2016 national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia (Tuesday, August 23, 1:30 - 4:50pm, Independence Ballroom B, Sheraton Downtown), each finalist will deliver a technical presentation on their doctoral research. This award was initiated by the PMSE division in 1985 to honor the best paper and presentation by a student at or near the completion of their Ph.D. in a polymer related field. This prestigious award has been sponsored by the Sherwin Williams Company (1985-96), ICI (1997-2008 ), AkzoNobel (2009-2013), and the Eastman Chemical Company (since 2014).

The following applicants have been selected as this year’s finalists:

In the final competition, the awardee will be selected based on the quality of his/her oral presentation. A special thanks to the Ph. D. advisors for each of these contestants and to all those who assisted in the selection of the 2016 finalists. The winner of this award, selected by the judges following the final competition, will be announced following the conclusion of the national meeting.

The PMSE division greatly appreciates Eastman’s sponsorship and involvement in the management of this prestigious award. A special thanks to Jason Jenkins, who serves as rotating chair of the award committee and key technical representative at the Eastman Chemical Company.

Call for Nominations: Cooperative Research Award

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Nominations are invited for the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering’s Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering Sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company.  

Nominations for the 2017 award will be accepted until August 15, 2016.  Visit the award page for more information.  

Call for Applications: 2016 PMSE Graduate Student Research Award

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:10 PM

PMSE is pleased to announce a biannual award which provides $500.00 of to graduate student women or under-represented minority men (Black, Hispanic or Native American) to attend and present their research at the National ACS Meetings.

Deadline for receipt of application materials is July 15, 2016 for the 2016 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia. Please find more information on the award page.

Mark Soucek Named Winner of Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2016. The announcement was made by the Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society.

2016 Journal of Polymer Science Award

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Congratulations to Cyrille Boyer, who was awarded the 2016 Journal of Polymer Science Award

In Remembrance of Dr. Leslie Sperling

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Dr. Leslie Howard Sperling, one of the founding members of the Polymer Science & Engineering program at Lehigh University, died at his home on February 1, 2016. Les will perhaps be most remembered for his pioneering work on polymer blends and specifically interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). Later in life, he focused on polymer nomenclature and the addition of polymer science to traditional chemistry courses. Les was very active in ACS and belonged to the POLY/PMSE Polymer Education Committee and the ACS Nomenclature Committee. He also served PMSE as a Member at Large. Les was selected as a PMSE Fellow in 2002 and as an ACS Fellow in 2010. In 2012, PMSE honored Les with their Distinguished Service Award.




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