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Due to the unfolding situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), ACS made the decision to terminate the 2020 Spring ACS National Meeting. POLY continues to strive to provide leading benefits for its members, in doing so, the creation of this website has made it possible to present research in an alternative way.  You can navigate different submissions below, submit materials, and, if needed, update your mailing address.

POLY 2020 Spring

Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research

Address Submission

Certificates will be sent to each presentation and poster participant.  Please enter your preferred mailing address.

How to Participate:

A web page including presentations and posters will be made available to watch on-demand.  This site will be publicized to 4,000 POLY Division members. Wiley will provide a 1st and 2nd place award for the best presentation and poster.

  1.  Share your submitted abstract  

  2. Presenters or Poster participants can provide a pdf poster-like file in place of their submitted abstract (optionally) including a voice recording

  3. ​Oral presenter can submit a recorded ppt presentation (optionally) including voice recording (10-minute or less) 

  4. Poster presenters can send in a digital poster and (optionally) enhance it with a recording or video.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2020.

You may upload your video to YouTube and share your link, email the file, or choose to post to a drop-box or google share folder.  Send your submissions to Carlee Linkous (CARLEEL@VT.EDU) 540-231-3029.


Ask a Professional



As the in-person panel discussion was canceled between industry representatives and students, we welcome student's questions.  Representatives from our sponsors will answer these questions and will be posted on the website.


The Chemistry of Innovations


Student Submissions

  • Amal Abdulrahman, Clark Atlanta University

"Exploring Hydrothermal and Chemical Synthesis for Novel High Performance Linear and Hyperbranched Conjugated Perylene Polyimides and their Nanocomposites Preparation" (Abstract)

  • Eric Bailey, University of Pennsylvania

"Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposite Melts with Small, Attractive Nanoparticles" (Poster)

  • Reuben Bosire, University of Connecticut

"Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystalline Macromolecules Derived from Small Molecules as Functional Materials in Opto-Electronic Applications" (Abstract) and (Poster)

  • Eugene Caldona, Mississippi State University

"Anti-Corrosion Properties of Semi-Fluorinated Perfluorocyclobutyl Polymer Coatings" (Presentation)

  • Tamuka Chidanguro, The University of Southern Mississippi

"Shape-Transformation of Crosslinkable Glassy Polymersomes from Amphiphilic ABA Triblock Copolymers" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • Abhishek Dhyani, University of Michigan

"Low Interfacial Toughness (LIT) Materials for Effective Large-Scale Deicing" (Poster) and (Presentation)

  • Vivian Feig, Stanford University

"Design and Patterning of Stretchable Conductors with Tissue-Like Mechanical Properties for Long-Term Bio-Electronic Interfaces" (Presentation)​

  • Alfred Fung, Australian National University

"Exploring the Frontiers of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Catalysts" (Poster)

  • Prabhath Gamage, The University of Texas at Dallas

"Incorporation of Pyrrole Fused Ring Systems in Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers for Organic Electronics" (Poster)

  • Jitendra Gurjar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

"SuFEx Click Chemistry: Catalytic Synthesis of High Molecular Weight Polysulfates" (Poster)

  • Nicholas Hampu, University of Minnesota

"Scalable Fabrication of Highly Selective Membranes from Disordered Block Polymers" (Presentation)

  • Amber Hancock, University of Dayton

"A Comparison of the Degradation of Mold and Mold-Like Fungi on Defined Synthetic Thermoset Polyadipate Polyurethane Coatings" (Presentation)

  • Justin Harris, University of Michigan

"Designing Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Water Purification" (Presentation)

  • Will Henderson, University of Florida

"Structure-Property Studies of Self-Assembling [n.n]Paracyclophanes" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • Haley Jones, Clemson University

"Radioluminescent Collodial Crystalline Arrays" (Abstract)

  • M.H. Jayan Karunarathna, Bowling Green State University

"Iron (lll)-Carboxylate Photochemistry in Polysaccharide Hydrogels for a Green Chemistry Approach to Nutrient Recycling" (Poster)

  • Susan Kozawa, Case Western Reserve University

"Unusual Hyperpolarization Observations in Polyacrylate Gels with Monovalent Salts" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • An Le, Yale University

"Architecture-Enabled Control of Polymer Properties and Self-Assembly in Janus and Ternary Graft Block Copolymers" (Abstract)​​ and (Presentation)

  • Jaeho Lee, Seoul National University

"Precision Synthesis of Poly(3-alkylthiophene)s by Suzuki-Miyaura Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Using RuPhos Pd Precatalyst and MIDA Boronate" (Presentation)

  • Huina Lin, Rutgers University-Newark

"Changing up BN-Styrenes: Effect of Substitution Pattern on the Free Radical Polymerization and Polymer Properties" (Abstract) and (Poster)

  • Anna Luke, University of Minnesota

"Catalyst Structural Effects on the Ring-Opening Transesterification Polymerization of Cyclic Esters" (Presentation)

  • Douglas Montjoy, University of Michigan

"Stimuli-Responsive Spiky Tendril Particles" (Abstract)

  • Amal Narayanan, The University of Akron

"Bioinspired Tricks and Consequences in Adhering Underwater: From Hydrophobicity to Non-Ionic Coacervation" (Abstract)

"Mimicking Nature's Strategy for Creating Strong Underwater Adhesives" (Presentation)

  • Kathryn O'Harra, The University of Alabama

"Investigation of High Performance Ionenes and Ionic Composites for Gas Separations" (Presentation)

  • Liyang Shen, Iowa State University

"All-Polymer-Based Anti-Aging, Lightweight Block Copolymer Modified Polysiloxane Composites" (Poster)

  • Spyridon Varlas, University of Birmingham

"Tuning the Membrane Permeability of Polymersome Nanoreactors Developed by Aqueous Emulsion Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly" (Abstract)​ and (Presentation)

  • Haonan Wang, University of Pennsylvania

"Thermal Degradation of Polystyrene Under Extreme Nanoconfinement" (Poster)

  • Jill Williamson, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"C-H Functionalization of Commodity Polyolefins" (Presentation)

  • Mo Yang, Florida State University

"Relaxation Times in Polyelectrolyte Complexes and the "Sticky" Association Theory" (Poster)

  • Daryl Yee, California Institute of Technology

"Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials via Photopolymer Complex Synthesis" (Abstract)

  • Qi Zhang, East China University of Science and Technology

"Versatile Dynamic Polymer from Thioctic Acid" (Presentation)

"Easy-To-Make Multi-Function Supramolecular Polymers Enabled by a Naturally Tailored Small Molecule" (Poster)

  • Tianqi Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Application of Functional Enyne Reagents in Metathesis Polymerization" (Presentation)

  • Tianyu Zhu, University of South Carolina

"Redox-and Alkaline-Stable Metallo-Polyelectrolytes for Energy Storage Applications" (Presentation)