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

Cooperative Research Award In Polymer Science And Engineering  Sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company

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.  The Division believes that this award is unique, relevant and timely to today’s research environment.  It is given to recognize and encourage sustained cooperative research between industrial and academic or industrial and national laboratory scientists.  The cooperative research must be of significant importance to polymer science and technology.

The award was established in the fall of 1992 and is supported by a generous gift from the Eastman Kodak Company.  It consists of $5,000, a plaque, and a $1,500.00 maximum travel allowance to attend the meeting at which the award is presented.  The awardee(s) is expected to give a lecture at the meeting.  The important points about the award are listed below:


  • The nominee(s) for this award must have a documented record (patents, publications, etc.) of sustained, intensive cooperative and collaborative research across the university/industry or national laboratory/industry interface.
  • This award can be an individual award or can be shared between an academic and an industrial scientist or between a scientist from national laboratory and an industrial scientist
  • If the research is carried out by a group of scientists from academia, national laboratory, or industry, the nomination should also highlight the contributions made by each researcher in the group.
  • The 2018 award will be presented at the Spring 2018 ACS Meeting, March 18-22, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana at the PMSE Awards Reception. 
  • Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted until August 15, 2017. Please send nomination materials in PDF format to Sadhan C. Jana, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, OH 44325-0301, janas@....

The nomination should include brief curriculum vitae of the candidate(s) and significant evidence of the collaborative research including supporting letter(s) explaining the significance of the research.


 2017 Awardees


The 2017 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering from American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering is given to Dr. Edmund Elce and Dr. Paul A. Kohl. The collaboration between the Kohl Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Promerus team lead to the development and commercialization of the polynorbornene-based Avatrel® polymer compositions and Unity® Sacrificial Materials.  Avatrel® photodefinable polymer compositions began commercial production at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. in Japan in 2005 and has been successfully employed in consumer electronics applications. The collaborative work has produced 12 joint publications, 19 Ph.D. and M.S. theses and 12 postdoctoral appointments.

Edmund Elce received a B.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry in 1988 from Concordia University Montreal, Canada, and his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from McGill University in 1995.  Dr. Elce’s research career was launched as a Post-Doctoral Associate with Professor James McGrath (Virginia Tech) working on nano-foamed dielectric resins at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He then joined the BFGoodrich Company as a research chemist (1997-2002), and transitioned to the position of senior scientist at Promerus LLC/Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. (2002-2016). Dr. Elce has co-authored 30 peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 21 granted US patents. In 2004 he was awarded the Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. President’s award for the commercialization of the polynorbornene-based Avatrel® photodefinable polymer compositions.

Paul A. Kohl received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas, in Chemistry in 1978. After graduation, Dr. Kohl was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ from 1978 to 1989. During that time, he was involved in new chemical processes for silicon and compound semiconductor devices and their packaging. In 1989, he joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where he is currently a Regents' Professor and holder of the Hercules Inc./Thomas L. Gossage Chair. He has 270 journal publication, 63 US patents, and more than 400 conference presentations. Dr. Kohl is the past Editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and Electrochemical and Solid-State Letter, past Director of the MARCO Interconnect Focus Center, and President of the Electrochemical Society.

An award symposium to honor the 2017 winners will be held at the national ACS meeting in San Francisco. The award will be presented at the joint Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and Division of Polymer Chemistry joint awards reception in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

For more information, contact Dr. Sadhan C. Jana, University of Akron, Akron, OH, Chairman, PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee, Telephone:  330-972-8293, E-mail: janas@....


Previous Awardees


Jean M. J. Fréchet, Cornell University
Hiroshi Ito, IBM
C. Grant Willson, University of Texas at Austin, previously IBM


Leo Mandelkern, Florida State University
C. Stanley Speed and Ferdinand C. Stehling, Exxon Corp.


Ray H. Baughman, Allied-Signal


Henry K. Hall, Jr., University of Arizona


Lynda K. Johnson, DuPont
Maurice Brookhart, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Jose E. Valentini, Sterling Diagnostic Imaging
Yee C. Chiew, Leslie J. Fina, John Q. Jiang, Rutgers University


James A. Schwindeman, FMC Corporation
Roderic P. Quirk, University of Akron


P.S. Chum, Dow Chemical Company
Anne Hiltner, Case Western Reserve University

"for collaborative research into understanding structure/property relationships of new polyolefin copolymers made possible by use of Dow metallocene catalysts"


Benny Freeman, University of Texas at Austin
Ingo Pinnau, Membrane Technology and Research

"for collaboration which resulted in sustained, significant contributions in the areas of gas, vapor, and liquid separations using polymer and polymer-based membranes"


Craig Hawker, IBM Almaden Research Center
Thomas Russell, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"for their highly productive and sustained collaborative endeavors in the area of functional polymers and nanostructured materials"


Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University

"for his highly productive and sustained collaborative endeavors with a number of leading researchers working at a spectrum of industrial organizations in the area of controlled/living radical polymerization (CRP)"


Frank W. Harris, University of Akron
Bruce K. Winker, Rockwell International
Stephen Z. D. Cheng, University of Akron

"for their highly productive and sustained collaboration in a range of areas, but especially for the development and large scale commercialization of negative birefringent polyimide compensator materials used in liquid crystalline displays"


Steven D. Smith, Proctor and Gamble
Richard J. Spontak, North Carolina State University

"for scientific breakthroughs that have led to technological advances in the areas of thermoplastic elastomers, hot-melt adhesives, physical gels, and nanostructured polymeric membranes"


Alec Scranton, University of Iowa
Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado at Boulder
Joe Oxman, 3M Corporation
Michael Idacavage, Cytec Industries
John Woods, Henkel Corporation
Donald Herr, National Starch and Chemical

"for their highly productive and sustained collaborative efforts in the area of photopolymerizations"


Frank S. Bates, University of Minnesota
Glenn H. Fredrickson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dennis A. Hucul, Dow Chemical Company
Stephen F. Hahn, Dow Chemical Company

"for their highly productive and sustained collaborative efforts in the area of poly(cyclohexylene) (PCHE) block copolymers, thermoplastic materials that exhibit excellent optical transparency, high modulus and toughness, high glass transition temperatures, low moisture uptake and low birefringence"


Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University
James Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center

"for their highly productive collaboration into new and novel organocatalytic synthesis routes for controlled polymerization reactions"


Nikos Hadjichristidis, University of Athens
David J. Lohse, ExxonMobil Co.

"for their decades long collaboration in research and discovery of polyolefin engineering by long chain branching, block copolymer morphology, and polymer blend dynamics"


Timothy E. Long, Virginia Tech 
Carl L. Willis, Kraton Polymers, LLC

"for collaborative research and foundational science in ABA triblock and sulfonated copolymers"


Timothy Bunning, Air Force Research Laboratory
Timothy White, Air Force Research Laboratory
Nelson Tabiryan, BEAM Engineering

"given in recognition of sustained, intensive, collaborative research spanning over last ten years on concept generation, material development, and commercialization of smart, photo-responsive materials"


Emanuel Gianneliskern, Cornell University
Clois Powell, Texas State University
Gary Beal, Texas State University

"given in recognition of  sustained, intensive, highly productive and sustained collaborative research on polymer-clay nanocomposites"


Benjamin S. Hsiao, Stony Brook University
Andy H. Tsou, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

"given in recognition of outstanding contributions in polymer science and engineering by gaining new insights into the structure, property, and processing relationships of polyefins."


Brian Benicewicz, University of South Carolina
Gordon Calundann, Celanese Corporation

"presented in recognition of outstanding contributions in polymer science and engineering by the above collaborators in the areas of liquid crystalline polymers, high temperature membrane electrode assembly, membrane synthesis and fabrication, and polybenzimidazole (PBI)-based membranes for fuel cells and for hydrogen purification"


Edmund Elce, Promerus LLC/Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.
Paul A. Kohl, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The collaboration between the Kohl Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Promerus team lead to the development and commercialization of the polynorbornene-based Avatrel® polymer compositions and Unity® Sacrificial Materials."