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Deadline for applications: January 17th, 2020

The 2019 Awardees are Dr. Julien Nicolas, CNRS, University Paris-Sud/Paris-Saclay and Prof. Ilja K. Voets, Eindhoven University of Technology!


The ACS Macro Lett./Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award recognizes two individuals, early in their careers, who have made a major impact on the field of polymer science. This award was established in 2013 and is administered and supported by the POLY division of the ACS, Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters. The award is presented annually at the fall at the national ACS meeting during the POLY/PMSE award program.

Award: Awardees receive a plaque, an honorarium of $3,000, and travel expenses up to $1,500 to attend the National ACS Meeting at which the award is presented. The recipient is expected to present at a symposium in his/her honor at the National ACS Meeting. The award shall be granted to an individual without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility: A nominee must be a member or affiliate of the POLY division of ACS, cannot be an Editor-in-chief, Deputy Editor, or Associate Editor of the sponsoring journals, nor a member of the selection committee in the year the awardee is selected. Self nominations are not allowed. Nominees must be of age 40 years or below on January 1, of the award year. The awardee candidates should have published at least one article in either Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, or ACS Macro Letters in the previous 2 years. Nominees from academia, industry, and national laboratories are encouraged.

Nomination: Nominators must be a member or affiliate of the POLY division. (Before making a nomination, you must get the nominee’s consent to share information about them as a part of the nomination process. This is necessary for the American Chemical Society, ACS Publications, and the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry to comply with laws and rules around the processing of personal data.) Nomination packages should be sent by email as a single PDF file to and should include (in order):

  • A nomination letter describing the nominee’s specific accomplishments as related to the nomination (2 page maximum).
  • One letter of support (required)
  • A 100-word statement describing the nominee’s primary accomplishments.
  • List of the nominee’s 10 most-relevant publications, including DOI numbers (1 page maximum

Previous Awardees

Ilja K. Voets Julien Nicolas
2018 Jeremiah Johnson Matt Gibson
2017 Rachel O’Reilly  Richard Hoogenboom
2016 Cyrille Boyer Andrew Dove
2015 Matt Becker Brent Sumerlin
2014 Sebastien Perrier Zhiyuan Zhong
2013 Raffaele Mezzenga David Michael Lynn

For more information about previous awardees:

Biomacromolecules- Macromacromolecules YI Previous Awardees 2013-2022

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