ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

Purpose: This award recognizes outstanding fundamental contributions and achievements in the field of Polymer Chemistry.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: The nominees for this award are expected to have demonstrated pioneering research accomplishments in synthetic methods of unique polymeric materials and/or achieved profound discoveries in polymer physical chemistry leading to recognized advancements in our understanding of complex macromolecular behavior. This award is specifically intended to acknowledge the impact in basic science of a researcher’s body of work in the broad field of polymer chemistry on our global needs for advanced polymeric systems and materials. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: ExxonMobil Chemical Company assumed sponsorship of the award in 1981. Witco Chemical Corp. Foundation established the award in 1962.

Contact Information

Awards Office

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: (202) 872-4575
Fax: (202) 776-8008


2017 Murugappan Muthukumar

2016 Edmund M. Carnahan

2015 Nikos Hadjichristidis

2014 Karen L. Wooley

2013 Craig J. Hawker

2012 Edwin L. (Ned) Thomas

2011 Klaus MÜllen

2010 Timothy P. Lodge

2009 Takuzo Aida

2008 James E. McGrath

2007 Ludwik Leibler

2006 Egbert W. Meijer

2005 Samuel I. Stupp

2004 Virgil Percec

2003 Maurice S. Brookhart

2002 Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski

2001 David A. Tirrell

2000 Jean M. J. FrÉchet

1999 Robert S. Langer

1998 Gerhard Wegner

1997 William J. MacKnight

1996 Henry K. Hall, Jr.

1995 Robert H. Grubbs

1994 Helmut Ringsdorf

1993 Takeo Saegusa

1992 Robert W. Lenz

1991 Marshall Fixman

1990 Harold A. Scheraga

1989 William R. Krigbaum

1988 Pierre deGennes

1987 Vivian T. Stannett

1986 Herbert Morawetz

1985 Joseph P. Kennedy

1984 Harry R. Allcock

1983 Richard S. Stein

1982 John K. Stille

1981 E. J. Vandenberg

1980 George B. Butler

1979 Henri Benoit

1978 Junji Furukawa

1977 William J. Bailey

1976 Paul W. Morgan

1975 Leo Mandelkern

1974 John D. Ferry

1973 Turner Alfrey, Jr.

1972 Arthur V. Tobolsky

1971 Georges J. Smets

1970 Michael M. Szwarc

1969 Frank A. Bovey

1968 Charles G. Overberger

1967 Frank R. Mayo

1966 Walter H. Stockmayer

1965 Herman F. Mark

1964 Carl S. Marvel

2016 recipient Edmund M. Carnahan (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative, Jay Dias (right), and Donna J. Nelson, ACS President (left).