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


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.


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.


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


Polymer Science Conference Lists

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

A focus of the PMSE Division has been to develop avenues for the exchange of technical information and fosters interactions in materials science and engineering for the global chemistry community. With this goal in mind, PMSE has developed a database of polymeric science conferences from around the world.


This list can be found here, or through in the Meetings sub-menu under Other Conferences. Titles, date, location, and web links are provided for all meetings. On that page, links are provided to Google Docs and Online Office versions, submission deadlines are posted when available. The list was recently updated beyond an America-based focus to include all conferences from around the world.


Any organization which promotes the sharing of knowledge in the science or engineering of polymer materials is welcome to add additional conferences. Please send new conferences or any corrections to acspmse@outlook.com. Conference listings will be updated near the 15th of each month.

San Franscisco ACS Meeting Registration Open

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Registration for the 248th National Meeting is now on-line.  To register, you will need to sign up for an ACS ID, which will consolidate the multiple ACS accounts that were previously available. When you create your profile you are able to link your membership to your profile. This enables you to save time on registration and provides access to member only content. It is FREE and you are not required to be an ACS member to gain an ACS ID.


Spring 2014 ACS Meeting

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

With Spring 2014 National Meeting only three weeks away, details on PMSE sessions can be found on the Dallas ACS Meeting page. 

Highlighs include a plenary leacture from Joseph DeSimone and sessions covering electrospinning, supramolecular assembly, conjugated polymers, dynamic/responsive polymers, and the rational design of functional polymeric materials.  Awards will be presented for the 2014 ACS Applied Polymer Science Award and the 2014 Cooperative Research Award. The 2013 class of PMSE Fellows will speak in a symposia held in their honor.

And as a reminder, the sumbission deadline for the Fall 2014 ACS Meeting, held in San Fransciso, is March 10th for PMSE abstracts.