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Next Meeting

Orlando, FL
March 31 – April 4, 2019
Theme: Chemistry for New Frontiers

HOUSING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. The POLY Sessions will be held in the Rosen Center Hotel

Deadline for abstract submission has closed

Lead Program Chair: Brett Helms, Molecular Foundry (

Symposia (257 POLY Draft Program_1-17-2019):

  • ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry in Honor of Richard Gross
  • ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry in Honor of Tim Swager
  • ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials in Honor of Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
  • Carl S. Marvel Award for Creative Polymer Chemistry Award in Honor of Matt Becker
  • Antimicrobial & Cell-Penetrating Peptides
  • Dispersity in Block Copolymers: Synthesis, Characterization, Modeling & the Effects on Self-Assembly
  • Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research
  • General Topics: New Synthesis & Characterization of Polymers
  • Industrial Innovations in Polymer Science (Oral)
  • New Frontiers in Aerospace Polymers: Advances & Challenges in Experiments & Simulations
  • Poly(2-oxazoline)s & Polypeptoids
  • Polymer Bioconjugates for a Changing World
  • Polymer-Based Gene & Drug Delivery Systems
  • Polymers & Biomimicry
  • Synthesis & Properties of Densely Grafted Polymers
  • The Fate of Plastics in Water
  • Transport in Polymer Membranes
  • Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science

For symposia organizers and chairs:

Guidelines for symposia organizers and chairs (pdf document)

Next Upcoming Meetings

San Diego, CA
August 25 – 29, 2019
Theme: Chemistry of Water

Abstract submission is now open (deadline is March 18, 2019) click here to submit your abstract

Lead Programming Chair: Thomas Epps, III

Symposia: (Organizers can be contacted through the abstract website (here)

  • Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award (invited – co-sponsored with PMSE)
    • organizer – Paulomi Majumdar
  • Characterization of Plastics in Aquatic Environments (co-sponsored by PMSE, I&EC, CEI, ANYL, ENVR, BIOL)
    • organizers – Robert Mathers , Sara Orski , Melissa Pasquinelli
  • DSM Graduate Student Award (invited)
    • organizer – Judith Van Gorp
  • Eco-Friendly Polymerization
    • organizers – Cyrille Boyer, Dominik Konkolewicz
  • Future of Biomacromolecules at a Crossroads of Polymer Science & Biology (invited – co-sponsored by PMSE, PHYS, COLL, CARB, MEDI, ENVR, CELL, BIOL)
    • organizers – Ann-Christine Albertsson, Simona Percec
  • General Topics: New Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers
    • organizer – Dana Garcia
  • Henkel Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry (invited)
    • organizer – Mahesh Mahanthappa
  • Herman F. Mark Award (invited)
    • organizer – Melissa Grunlan
  • Industrial Innovations in Polymer Science (invited)
    • organizers – Sean Ramirez , Laura Stratton
  • Industrial Polymer Young Scientist Award (invited)
    • organizers – Joseph DeSimone, Crista Farrell
  • Overberger International Prize (invited)
    • organizers – Richard Laine , Julie Pollak
  • Paul Flory’s “Statistical Mechanics of Chain Molecules: The 50th Anniversary of Polymer Chemistry”
    • organizers – Gary Patterson , Alan Tonelli
  • Polymeric Materials for Water Purification (co-sponsored with PMSE)
    • organizers – Benny Freeman, Lynn Katz, Nathaniel Lynd, Rachel Segalman
  • Polymerization-Induced Nanostructural Transitions
    • organizers – Steven Armes, Robert Hickey, Andrew Magenau
  • Polymers for Defense Applications
    • organizers – Robert Lambeth, Dawanne Poree, Timothy Pruyn, Alice Savage, Peter Zarras

Philadelphia, PA
March 22 – 26, 2020
Theme: Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century (mark your calendars for this one)

San Francisco, CA
August 16-20, 2020
Theme: Chemistry from Bench to Market

San Antonio, TX
March 21-25, 2021

Atlanta, GA
August 22-26, 2021

San Diego, CA
March 20-24, 2022

Chicago, IL
August 21-25, 2022

Graphical Abstracts from POLY at Previous National ACS Meetings 

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