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Deadline for applications: January 15th of every year

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


The 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. Nomination packages should be sent by email as a single PDF file to the POLY division business office at and should include (in order):

  • A single page containing: name and affiliation of nominee, date of birth, and date of completion of most recent degree, and brief statement describing the nominee’s primary accomplishments (<100 words)
  • List of up to 10 publications most relevant to the award, including DOI numbers (1 page maximum)
  • Letter of nomination (2 page maximum)
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (2 page maximum)
  • Nominee’s complete publication list

Previous Awardees

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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