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Frontiers in Polymeric Materials: 3rd Annual PMSE Joint Symposium with CCS-PD

The 3rd Joint Symposium between ACS-PMSE and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS)-Polymer Division (PD) will be held at the Biannual Meeting of the Chinese Chemical Society—Polymer Division on Oct. 15, 2013, in Shanghai, China.


Call for Papers - POLY/PMSE Symposium, 2014 ACS Spring National Meeting, Dallas


PMSE Graduate Research Award Nominations now open

Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM Session
Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM SessiNomination 

Nominations for the PMSE Graduate Student Research Award are being accepted until August 26th, 2013.


Chemical Abstracts Service - Announcement from the CCAS

Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM Session
Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM Session

The ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS (CCAS), an ACS governance committee charged with acting as an information conduit between the ACS membership and CAS management, continues to seek your input! The committee meets twice annually, in conjunction with the ACS National Meetings, and communicates via e-mail between meetings. CCAS will meet in closed session prior to the ACS National Meeting, on Friday, September 6, 2013. If you have any issues that you would like raised either at or after this meeting, please contact a member of the committee by phone or e-mail. A list of committee members appears at http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/about/governance/committees/cas/CNBP_030396

. Someone will respond to your query as soon as possible.

Issues raised will be brought to the attention of CAS management, and responses will be disseminated to the appropriate individuals or groups as quickly as possible. Please remember that you are encouraged to contact a member of CCAS with feedback at any time, regardless of whether or not a formal call has been posted. We have also established a group on the ACS Network, https://communities.acs.org/groups/chemical-abstracts-service-committee, where you can post questions and read answers. CCAS now has a page on Facebook too.

Thanks very much!

Chuck Huber, for CCAS



POLY/PMSE Plenary Lecture at the 246th National ACS Meeting

Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM Session
Roy W. Tess Award: Symposium in Honor of Gordon P. Bierwagen - AM Session
With only 45 days until the next ACS meeting, the PMSE website will be highlighting special presentations and events that will occur during the 246th National ACS Meeting held in Indianapolis, IN.
Polymer in aviation: Past, present, and future
Barry L. Farmer
Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
The historical applications of polymeric materials in aviation and aerospace applications have ranged from tires to lubricants to wiring insulation to canopies to matrix materials for composites. This presentation will provide a brief overview of on-going applications of polymeric materials in aviation and discuss polymer needs and opportunities for potential future applications/ A sampling of specific current polymer research projects in the Air Force Research Laboratory will be presented. Finally, the status, particulars, and opportunities presented by the President's Materials Genome Initiative as it relates to polymers for aviation will be discussed.
Wednesday, September 11th at 6:15 PM
Hyatt Regency, Cosmopolitan A  


2013 AzkoNobel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry Winner announced!

Congratulations to Dr. Hua Lu who was awarded the 2013 AzkoNobel Graduate Research Award


2013 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award Winner announced!

Congratulations to Ryan Hayward who was awarded the 2013 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award.


2013 AzkoNobel Student Award in Applied Polymer Science Winner announced!

Congratulations to Christopher M. Evans who was awarded the 2013 AzkoNobel Award in Applied Polymer Science


POLY/PMSE Poster Session & Hospitality Event

(Sponsored by the journals Green Materials and Surface Innovations)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 5:30-7:30 pm - Morial Convention Center, Hall E

ICE Science is a unique material science journal series from ICE Publishing.

At ACS Spring conference we are launching two new journals: Green Materials and Surface Innovations. All published papers are free to read for the duration of 2013.  Visit our stand to meet the journal Editors.


2013 Applied Polymer Science Award Winner announced!

Congratulations to Mitch Winnik who was awarded the 2013 Applied Polymer Science Award.


2012 Doolittle Award Winner announced!

Congratulations to Michael S. Arnold, Dominick J. Bindl, Matthew J. Shea, Meng-Yin Wu, and Takuzo Aida who were awarded the 2012 Doolittle Award.

2013 New Orleans Preprints now Available
Preprints of the 2013 Meeting in New Orleans are now available for viewing at http://submissions.miracd.com/acspmse.
Please note that your login will be your membership ID without the leading zeros and your password will be your last name.  HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE EVER CHANGED YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD FROM YOUR ACS MEMBERSHIP ID NUMBER, YOU MUST USE THAT LOGIN AND PASSWORD ON THIS SITE AS WELL.


2013/2014 Award Nominations are Open

Nominations for the 2014 Cooperative Research Award, 2014 Tess Award, and 2013 PMSE Graduate Student Research Award are currently open.  Please visit the award page for more details. 


2013 Distinguished Service Award Winner announced!

Congratulations to Dr. David Bauer who was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.


2013 Cooperative Research Award Winners announced!

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Bunning, Dr. Timothy White, and Dr. Nelson Tabiryan who were awarded the 2013 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering.



The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) would like announce its thirteenth class of PMSE fellows. The following distinguished members are selected as the 2013 PMSE Fellows.

Tim Bunning, Todd Emrick, Andy Lovinger, Darrin Pochan, John Reynolds, Michael Rubner, Kenneth J Shea, James Wang

They will be inducted at the Spring 2013 ACS Meeting in New Orleans during the PMSE/POLY Awards reception on Wednesday April 10 2013. PMSE is pleased to welcome this distinguished group of colleagues and eminent scientists/engineers to its ranks of fellows.



Congratulations to Prof. C. Grant Willson!


PMSE Fellows Prof. C. Grant Willson and Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet won 2013 Japan Prize for development of chemically amplified resist polymer materials for innovative semiconductor manufacturing process. Congratulations!






PMSE Election Results


Thanks to those who ran in the 2012 PMSE election and congratulations to those who were elected!


Councilor: Julie Jessop
Michael Jaffe

Melissa Grunlan
Robert B. Grubbs
Ryan Hayward
William Dichtel
Bradley Olsen
Shu Yang



Cebe receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
Peggy Cebe, Professor of Physics at Tufts University and 2001 Chair of PMSE and member since 1986, was one of the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, according to the White House Press release in Nov. 2011. 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States. 

Over her 24-year career in academia Peggy has mentored 103 undergraduates, most of them from underrepresented groups. Since 2003, Peggy has instructed and mentored 34 deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) interns who have conducted research leading to co-authorship of scientific publications and presentations at national scientific meetings.  

The Awards Ceremony was held in Washington on December 12, 2011.  Awards certificates, signed by President Obama, were presented by Dr. Subra Suresh (left), director of the National Science Foundation, and Dr. John Holdren (right), Science Advisor to the President.

Professor Cebe will be honored at the Philadelphia PMSE Award Ceremony to be held in August, 2012.  Additionally “Providing Opportunities for Under-represented Students in Polymer Science:  A Symposium in Honor of Professor Peggy Cebe,” will be held at the New Orleans ACS Meeting, April 7-11, 2013. 

Peggy Cebe is shown with Dr. Subra Suresh (left) and Dr. John Holdren (right). 
Picture credit: National Science Foundation.
Peggy Cebe, second from left, with other 2010 PAESMEM winners, in the Oval Office.
Picture Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Call for Abstracts!

American Chemical Society National Meeting
“Chemistry in Motion”
Sensing and Controlling Motion with Polymeric Materials
September 8-12, 2013


Call for Abstracts!!

Understanding the motion of fluids and objects is important for a variety of research fields.  In biological systems, artificial navigable devices can be utilized for controlled drug delivery, mimicking biological processes and locomotion, among other applications.  In microfluidic devices, being able to controllably alter the flow rate and direction of nanoliter volumes of material enables a myriad of functions to be performed.  For aeronautics, wind tunnel testing is utilized to study the influence of aircraft architectures and environmental factors on vehicle control, noise generation, and visibility.  This symposium will focus on polymeric materials designed to sense, generate, or control motion, including: shear sensing materials, pressure sensitive coatings, shape responsive polymers, artificial cilia & flagella, micro- and nano-robotics, and flow-control microfluidic channels and devices.


Session Organizers:
Chris Wohl, NASA Langley Research Center, Advanced Materials and Processing Branch, christopher.j.wohl@nasa.gov
Michael Dickey, North Carolina State University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, mddickey@ncsu.edu




Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award - call for nominations


The Journal of Polymer Science is delighted to be awarding its international prize recognizing significant research innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under the age of forty for the second year. The award consists of a symposium in association with the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the ACS, as well as a dinner in honor of the recipient at the ACS Fall meeting, a $5000 prize, and a contribution to travel expenses up to $1000 to the ACS Fall meeting for the award year. Nominations are invited from all research areas across the physics and chemistry of polymers and should consist of a one-page document from the nominator in support of the nominee, explaining why the innovative nature of their research deserves recognition, and an up-to-date CV from the nominee. Please send nominations to jpschem@wiley.com or jpsphys@wiley.com by January 18th, 2013.




PMSE Lecture Awards from IUPAC Macro2012 World Polymer Congress at Virginia Tech


PMSE is proud to present a Macro 2012 Lecture Award to the following presenters at the 2012 IUPAC Conference:

Yongfang Li at the Chinese Academy of Science for his lecture titled "Two-dimension-conjugated polymers with conjugated side chain for high efficiency polymer solar cells"

Tony Neely at the University of South Carolina for his poster titled "Synthesis of bimodal brushes on nanoparticles for designed interfaces"

Theresa M. Reineke at the University of Minnesota for her lecture titled "Core-shell carbohydrate-based block copolymers designed for the delivery of drugs and nucleic acids"

William G. Skene at the Universite de Montreal for his lecture titled "Conjugated dynamers: Conjugated materials capable of component exchange in thin films resulting in opto-electronic property tailoring"

Takeo Suga at Waseda University for his lecture titled "Radical/Ionic domain doemation in self-assemble block copolymer platform for morphology-driven modulation of change transport"

Benzhong Tang at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for his lecture titled "New polymerization route to conjugated polymers: Regio-and stereoselective synthesis of poly(arylene chlorovinylene)s by decarbonylative polyaddition of aroyl chlorides and alkynes"

Amanda E. Way at Case Western Reserve University for her lecture titled "Stimuli-responsive mechanically dynamic cellulose whisker nanocomposites"


Patrick Wilke at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for his lecture titled "Enzymatic transformation of polymers as precise tool for post-synthetic manipulation"




Call for Student Chapter Activity Proposals


This is to announce the first annual call for proposals from POLY/PMSE student chapters, which are jointly funded by the PMSE and POLY divisions to support student chapter activities. You may propose up to $1,000 to help defray the costs for an event to be hosted by your chapter.


Types of events eligible for funding may be - hosting speakers for a special symposium, holding a poster session with students from your chapter and other chapters in the same region, community outreach events to teach elementary or high school students about polymers, job fairs and other events which add value to your members or which help your chapter grow.


Obtaining matching funds from your school or local industries is highly encouraged and will enhance the likelihood of your proposal being funded.


Proposals should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2012 using the Chapter Enrollment template to be eligible for funding. Selections will be announced at the end of January. For Additional Information: Contact Kevin Cavicchi  or Matt Miri, or click here.


If you are a student interested in starting a student chapter at your school, please contact Dr. Kevin Cavicchi.


AkzoNobel Award Symposium

Speakers at the 2012 AkzoNobel Award Symposium for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering honoring Garret Miyake, ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia: left to right Eugene Chen, Tobin Marks, Robert Grubbs, Garret Miyake, Robert Waymouth, Eiji Yashima, Amy Prieto.


Sustainable Polymers Conference

Visit the Sustainable Polymers Website


Important Announcement Concerning PMSE Preprints
ACS PMSE Preprints have a long and important history within the PMSE Division and have served the Division well over the years.  However, like many things, the methods by which scientific research is published have changed dramatically over the last decade.  Due to the advent of electronic publication, “Preprints” are often published more slowly than peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Publication in certain journals (including ACS’ flagship journal, J. Am. Chem. Soc.) has also been disallowed due to the prepublication of data in PMSE Preprints.  In addition, it takes much effort for symposium participants to write the preprints and for symposium organizers to edit them.  For these and many other reasons, the PMSE Executive Committee has been reviewing the value of PMSE Preprints to the Division, and serious consideration is being given to the replacement of the preprint format with a graphical abstract (a traditional abstract with one “TOC-like” figure).  Because PMSE Preprints have been an important PMSE service/benefit, the PMSE Executive Committee wishes to make our members aware of the possible change and potential elimination of the preprint format.  PMSE members can send their comments to: pmsepreprint@yahoo.com.  During the Fall ACS meeting in Philadelphia, this item will be discussed at the PMSE Executive Committee (Sunday afternoon), where will hold a vote on the issue.   We thank PMSE members in advance for their thoughtful consideration of this item. 

The Division of Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering Executive Committee.

Fluoropolymer 2012 (POLY Workshop)
PMSE Membes may be interested in the Fluoropolymer 2012 Workshop hosted by the ACS Polymer Division.  Visit the POLY Workshops page for more information. 
2012 ACS Applied Polymer Science Award Winner Announced!
Congratulations to John R. Reynolds, the awardee for the 2012 ACS Applied Polymer Science Award.  Please go to ACS Applied Polymer Science Award page for details on Reynolds' contributions to PMSE and the polymer science field.
Membership Drive Letter
Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to join the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) for free for the first year to receive the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all PMSE preprint papers free of charge.  These papers provide the most up-to-date progress in cutting-edge research and development in polymeric materials and other related fields, including coatings, electronics, biotechnology and healthcare, clean energy, and sustainability etc.
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues in industry, academia and national labs, including PMSE award receptions, social hours at the ACS national meetings
  • 2-4 issues of electronic PMSE Newsletters on the latest developments in the PMSE Division and the polymer field in general
  • Greater involvement with PMSE, including voting rights in PMSE elections, legibility for nomination for many of the PMSE recognition programs

You receive this special invitation because you are already an ACS member.  PMSE is pleased to offer this one-time opportunity to become a regular PMSE member for FREE for the first year.

For more information about PMSE membership, please visit


To become a PMSE member, please have your ACS number ready and call ACS member services or send your completed PMSE membership application form (available on the PMSE website) to the PMSE membership chairs.

American Chemical Society
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This special offer expires on May 31, 2012. So join PMSE NOW!


2011/12 Award Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Benny D. Freeman, the awardee for the 2012 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings.  Please go to Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings page for details on Freeman's contributions to PMSE and the polymer science field.

Congratulations to Christopher Bielawski, the awardee for the 2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award.  Please go to Journal of Polymer Science Award page for details on Bielawski's contributions to PMSE and the polymer science field.
Congratulations to the awardees of the Arthur K. Doolittle Award for 2011:
Ting Xu (University of California - Berkeley), Andrew Presley (University of California - Berkeley) and Joseph Chang (University of California – Berkeley), “Nanostructured Block Copolymer Thin Films Contianing Enzymatically Active Heme Proteins.” 
 Xuelian Zhu, Rong Dong, Gaoxiang Wu, Shu Yang, (University of Pennsylvania), “Understanding pattern transformation mechanisms in different responsive hydrogel membranes.”

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