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

Membership Information

PMSE was founded in 1924 as the Paint and Varnish Division, and until 1983 was known as the Division of Organic Coatings and Plastics Chemistry.  Over the years, the interests of the Division’s members have come to include adhesives, biomedical polymers, composites, polymers for electronic applications, plastics, and many other areas of applied polymer science and technology in addition to traditional coatings-related topics.

The principal objective of the Division is to promote interest in, and the understanding of, applied polymer science.  This is achieved through regular meetings, publications, professional contacts, and discussions.  Since its founding, the Division has regularly participated in American Chemical Society National Meetings.  The Division frequently co-sponsors symposia with other ACS Divisions and is an active participant in the Macromolecular, Biotechnology, Catalysis & Surface Science, and Materials Science Secretariats.  PMSE also sponsors topical workshops in conjunction with its technical meetings to provide tutorial reviews of technologically significant fields.  Program planning and operations are carried out by member volunteers.  Your participation is encouraged and welcomed.

Proceedings in CD-ROM format of the Division’s meeting preprints are sent to members shortly before the Spring and Fall National ACS Meetings.  These CDs bring current technical information, as well as information regarding the Division (i.e. awards, Executive Committee roster, future PMSE symposia) to Division members.  Division members also receive a semiannual newsletter and significant discounts on ACS Symposium Series books developed from PMSE symposia.

You are cordially invited to join the Division as a full or Affiliate Member.  American Chemical Society members are entitled to full membership.  ACS non-members and Student Affiliates may join as Affiliates.  Affiliates receive the Proceedings and all other membership benefits, but may not vote or hold office in PMSE.

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  • International, national, regional, and local symposia on a wide variety of relevant topics
  • Specialty subject symposia
  • Workshops


Proceedings of Division Meetings in CD-ROM format distributed prior to National American Chemical Society meetings;

  • Proceedings of Division Meetings in CD-ROM format distributed prior to National American Chemical Society meetings
  • Newsletter published semiannually
  • PMSE symposia published periodically as ACS Symposium Series Books


Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the long-term welfare of the Division.

Arthur K. Doolittle Award for the best paper presented as part of PMSE’s program at National American Chemical Society meetings.

Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings to recognize outstanding contributions in coatings science, technology and engineering.

Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company, in recognition of sustained research between polymer scientists working on behalf of industry and those in either the academic community or at national laboratories.

Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science sponsored by Eastman Chemical to promote graduate research in polymer science. 

PMSE Graduate Student Research Award to help support the travel of worthy graduate students (women and under-represented minority men) in order to present their work at PMSE sessions of National American Chemical Society meetings.

PMSE Fellows to honor a small percentage of PMSE members who have made significant contributions to the science and engineering of polymeric materials.