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Meeting Preface


253rd ACS National Meeting
April 2-6, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Location & Theme: The 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will run from Sunday, April 2nd to Thursday, April 6th in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center. The theme of this meeting is “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes.” Given the materials-focused theme, this is a particularly great meeting for polymeric materials. PMSE will hold all PMSE symposia at the convention center, rather than at a separate hotel location, to improve member access to a variety of thematic programming & events.

PMSE Desk and Lounge – At Moscone Center: Please stop by the PMSE desk and lounge area located at the Esplanade Ballroom Foyer. This is conveniently located near many PMSE symposia. We will be periodically providing hot beverages. This is a great place to meet up with colleagues and renew your PMSE membership!

Programming: The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) expresses our thanks to your Technical Program Co-chairs (Chad R. Snyder - NIST, Andy Tsou – Exxon Mobil, Brad Olsen - MIT, and Xinqiao Jia – U Del) for putting together an exciting set of technical symposia. These symposia span the range of innovative and interdisciplinary topics at the forefront of polymer science and engineering. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the symposium organizers for their time and dedication in putting together individual sessions. Finally, we must give a big “thank you” to the organizations which generously supported individual symposia.

The PMSE program at the ACS Spring National Meeting in San Francisco features 15 symposia, 67 sessions and over 700 papers. This is a notably high number of papers and reflects the excitement for the symposia topics and the vibrancy of our discipline. PMSE is proud to serve as a home for this technical programming. 

Kavli Foundation Lecture Series: Once again, this series will feature two exciting lectures starting at 4:00 pm on Monday April 3 (Gateway Ballroom 103-4, Moscone Center):

  • The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture given by Prof. Jennifer A. Doudna (University of California, Berkley) on “CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Engineering”.
  • The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture by Prof. Bradley D. Olsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on “Classical Challenges in the Physical Chemistry of Polymer Networks”.

PMSE Symposia and Events: The PMSE Technical Program Co-chairs and symposia organizers have assembled a diverse set of symposia, including several award symposia that include:

  • 1D Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Assembly, Properties, & Applications
  • ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science:  Symposium in Honor Zhenan Bao
  • Biomaterials for Immunotherapy
  • Cooperative Research Award Symposium in Honor of Paul A. Kohl and Edmund Elce
  • General Papers/New Concepts in Polymeric Materials
  • Janus Particles:  Synthesis, Characterization, & Applications
  • Innovations in Drug Delivery Systems & Combination Products
  • Molecular Engineering of Peptide Assembly
  • Nanoscale Spectroscopic Characterization of Catalysts and Polymers
  • Polymers Under Deformation
  • Recent Advances in Multiblock Copolymers
  • Support & Activator Effects on Metal Mediated Polymerization
  • Synthesis, Processing & Device Engineering of Polymeric Electronic Materials
  • Young Investigator’s Symposium
  • Joint PMSE/POLY Poster Session


PMSE is also pleased to co-sponsor these symposia:

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of Macromolecules (POLY)
  • ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry:  Symposium in Honor of Murugappan Muthukumar (POLY)
  • Advanced Materials & Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage (ENFL)
  • Advances in Polysaccharides: Practice & Applications (CELL)
  • Biobased Gels & Porous Polymers (CELL)
  • Contributions of IBM Almaden to Polymer Science (POLY)
  • Incorporating Polymers into the Classroom (POLY)
  • Innovative Chemistry & Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage (ENFL)
  • Industrial Innovations in Polymer Science:  Advanced Materials Technologies (POLY)
  • LGBT Graduate & Postdoctoral Student Chemistry Research Symposium (PROF)
  • Polymer Chemistry (RSC) Young Investigator Award Symposium (POLY)
  • Priestley Medal Symposium in Honor of Tobin J. Marks (INOR)
  • Separation of Macromolecules & Particulates (POLY)
  • Smart Polymers & Materials from Cyclodextrins:  Novel Designs and Applications (POLY)

Poster Session: On Tuesday (April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Moscone Center, Hall A), we will continue to sponsor a joint poster session between the PMSE and POLY divisions. PMSE will recognize outstanding research presented at the poster sessions with Outstanding Poster Awards which will be on display at the Wednesday evening awards reception.

PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture & Award Reception: On Wednesday (April 5, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, Moscone Center 134), we will hold the plenary lecture and award reception. The lecture will be provided by:

  • Prof. Juan De Pablo (University of Chicago) speaking on “Directed Assembly of Hierarchical Polymeric Materials”.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this reception to hear Prof. de Pablo’s talk as well as to recognize the many PMSE and POLY award recipients. The PMSE awardees include:  

  • PMSE Fellows  - Matthew Becker, Heather Maynard, Marek Urban
  • ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science - Zhenan Bao
  • Cooperative Research Award - Paul A. Kohl & Edmund Elce
  • Doolittle Award -  Ulrich Wiesner & Wiliam Dichtel
  • Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science - Kenneth P. Mineart
  • Team Innovation Award - Robert A. DeVries, Philip Garou, Carol Mohler, Eric S. Moyer, Theodore M. Stokich, Jr. 

For PMSE members who are unable to attend the ACS national meeting, selected presentations are available at the ACS website after each meeting at http://presentations.acs.org.

PMSE will continue to develop meeting programming on emerging fields of polymeric materials including biomaterials, coatings & composites, polymer physics, smart polymers, advanced functional polymeric materials, etc. Please contact Matt Becker or the Programming Committee if you are interested in organizing a PMSE symposium.

As always, we thank you for your continued PMSE membership and for your contributions to PMSE programming. I hope to see you in San Francisco!


Melissa Grunlan


Outgoing Vice Chair, PMSE
Chair-Elect, PMSE
Texas A&M University
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
College Station, TX

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