Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division: Archival Website (through 2017)


Fall 2017 PMSE Best Poster Award

Posted on September 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) is pleased to announce the winners of the PMSE Best Poster Awards presented at the 2017 ACS Washington DC National Meeting. They are: 

PMSE 342: Fluorinated non-planer precursors for enhanced structural arrangement in two-dimensional (2D) azine-linked covalent organic frameworks. Sampath B. Alahakoon, G.T. McCandless, A. Karunathilake, C. Thompson, R. Smaldone, University of Texas at Dallas, United States

PMSE 397: Development of phosphate-presenting citrate-based polymer for orthopaedic applications. Qiyao Li, Jinshan Guo and Jian Yang, Pennsylvania State University, United States

PMSE 465: Shrink-wrapped encapsulation of proteins and triggered traceless release through reactive self-assembly approach. Kingshuk Dutta, D. Hu, B. Zhao, A. Ribbe, J. Zhuang, S. Thayumanavan, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States

2017 PMSE Best Poster Award

Posted on April 9, 2017 at 8:20 PM

The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) is pleased to announce the winners of the PMSE Best Poster Awards presented at the 2017 ACS San Francisco National Meeting. They are:

PMSE 385: Structural Characterization of Three-Helix Micelle Delivery Platform for Neurological Disease Treatment
Benson Jung, Joo Cuan Ang, and Ting Xu, UC Berkeley, United States

PMSE 419: Physical, thermal, electrochemical and fuel cell performance study of sulfonated poly(phenelyne)s /novel branched polysulfone-based polymer blends
Behrooz Motealleh, Timothy Largier, Fei Huang, and Chris Cornelius, University of Nebraska, United States

PMSE 515: Micellar thrombin-binding aptamers as reversible nanoscale anticoagulants
Alexander Roloff
, Andrea Carlini, and Nathan Gianneschi, UC San Diego, United States

CALL FOR PAPERS: Memorial Symposium in Honor of Les Sperling

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:10 AM


Memorial Symposium in Honor of Les Sperling
ACS Fall 2017 National Meeting
Washington, DC, August 20-24, 2017

Call For Papers

Dr. Leslie Howard Sperling was internationally known for his work with polymer materials and mentored many students and post-docs during his tenure at Lehigh University. He was a prolific author, with over 250 publications, 7 patents, and 15 books. The books include both edited works based on PMSE and POLY symposia and authored books, such as his widely used textbook Introduction to Physical Polymer Science. He was a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, as well as a PMSE Fellow and PMSE Distinguished Service Award Winner. It is with sadness we note his passing, but with pride we celebrate his impact on and advancement of people and polymers.

In addition to invited talks honoring his contributions to polymer science, technical papers are solicited on interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) and polymer blends. Other topics of interest include the mechanical and morphological aspects of polymers, especially failure mechanisms and sound and vibrational damping.

Abstracts and Preprints Due: On-line submission by April 7, 2017

Instructions for Authors at: https://callforpapers.acs.org/dc2017/PMSE

Please contact the following organizers for inquiries and submissions:

Julie Jessop
University of Iowa
Dept. of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
4133 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel: 319-335-0681
Fax: 319-335-1415

Ray Pearson
Lehigh University
Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
5 East Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Tel: 610-758-3857
Fax: 610-758-4244

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/

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.

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture - William Dichtel

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 6:55 AM


The Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering is proud to announce that Dr. William Dichtel will be presenting the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture on Monday, August 17, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Boston ACS Meeting. His talk is entitled, “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers,” and a brief summary of his lecture can be found at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/fall-2015/program-overview/kavli-lecture-series.html



William Dichtel is an associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University. He received his BS In Chemistry from MIT and his PhD from UC-Berkeley under the mentorship of Jean M. J. Fréchet. Before moving to Cornell he was a postdoctoral researcher working jointly in the groups of Fraser Stoddart (then at UCLA) and Jim Heath (Caltech). Dichtel has made seminal contributions to the development of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) over the past decade. Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are porous polymers with periodic bonding in two or three dimensions. They are unique materials because of their low density, permanent porosity, and the predictability of their monomers organization. Dichtel developed a simple and general method to grow COFs as thin films on conductive substrates by using single-layer graphene as a template. His group also reported the first redox-¬-active 2D polymer, which stores electrical charge rapidly and reversibly. These and related materials have also shown promise for catalysis, sensing, and water purification applications.


ACS National Meeting, Spring 2015

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 9:05 PM

ACS Vision - Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry

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PMSE Poster Award Winners

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Four posters were honored as PMSE Poster Award winners on Tuesday during the PMSE Poster Session at the Colorado Convention Center.  Congratulations to all awards winners and finalists. 

Interfacial profile control in cross-linkable block copolymers for improved pattern transfer
Garrett Chado, Chunlin He, Mark Stoykovich
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

pH-responsive polymeric microspheres for micronutrients fortification of salt
Xian Xu, Yingying Zeng, Evan Rosenberg, Robert Langer, Ana Jaklenec
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4D printing for spatially and temporally dynamic bioscaffolds
Joselle McCracken, Ralph Nuzzo
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Design, surface modification, and evaluation of cell-growth directive properties of 3D hydrogel scaffolds
Adina Badea, Joselle McCracken, Ralph Nuzzo
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Please come see the posters at the POLY/PMSE award ceremony tonight if you would like to see the posters again or missed them on Tuesday.

Welcome to the 249th National ACS Conference Meeting

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 5:55 PM
The Spring 2015 national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be held in Denver, Colorado from Sunday, March 22nd to Thursday, March 26th. The theme of the Denver ACS national meeting will be Chemistry and Natural Resources.  PMSE sessions are mostly held in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, but some sessionss are located at other sites during this confere.

You can find the message from our chair here.

PMSE sponsored symposia for this conference include three award symposia:
  • ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science Symposium in Honor of Geoffrey Coates
  • PMSE Cooperative Research Award Symposium in Honor of Andy Tsou and Benjamin Hsiao
  • Well-Defined Polymers: From Design to Applications – ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry Symposium in Honor of Nikos Hadjichristidis

Additional PMSE-sponsored symposia of note are: 

  • Advances in X-ray and Neutron Scattering Techniques for Elucidating Polymer Morphology
  • Drug Delivery and Drug Device Combination Products
  • Design Principles of Functional Macromolecular Materials
  • General Papers/New Concepts in Polymeric Materials.
  • Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Devices and Applications
  • Nanoscale Spectroscopic and Microscopic Characterization of Polymers
  • Nanostructured Porous Polymers: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
  • Polymeric Biomaterials
  • Polymer Modeling: Structure, Dynamics, and Function
  • Stimulus-Responsive Assemblies and Materials