Polymer Division


Click here to view the slides from the 2019 Polymer Division Meeting in Paris
Click here to view the slides from the workshop  on Wikipedia

The Polymer Division is concerned with the science and technology of macromolecules and polymers. Its aims are:

  • – To facilitate international scientific exchange
  • – To cooperate with other international organizations
  • – To promote macromolecular and polymer science and technology at the international level, including education, conferences and the assessment of societal impact
  • – To define terminology and standards in macromolecular and polymer science and technology.

The means by which the Division achieves these aims include:

  • – Developing position papers on issues of importance to the international community
  • – Organizing studies of polymer-related industrial technologies to define critical issues
  • – Promoting scientific and technological education and exchange of ideas
  • – Actively sponsoring international conferences
  • – Providing financial support for approved projects in terminology, in polymer, molecular and process characterization, in special topics and in education.

In addition to the Subcommittees below, the Polymer Division is involved in the Interdivisional Subcommittee on Materials Chemistry (ISMC), together with the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division and the Inorganic Chemistry Division and and in the Interdivisional Subcommittee on Critical Evaluation of Data (ISCED), together with the Analytical Chemistry Division and the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division.

In 2017, the IUPAC Polymer Division turns 50 and to celebrate the occasion we compiled a short and special issue of Chemistry International with a review of who we are, what we do, how we do it, and what the future might hold… See CI Oct-Dec 2017 issue

Subcommittees and Commissions

Current Projects

Meeting Minutes

2020 meeting, ZOOM, 3 July 2020 (PDF)
2019 meeting, Paris, France, 6-7 July 2019 (PDF)
2018 meeting, Cairns, Australia, 30/June-1/July 2018 (PDF)
2017 meeting, São Paulo, Brazil, 8-9 July 2017 (PDF)
2016 meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 July 2016 (PDF)
2015 meeting, Busan, South Korea, 8-9 August 2015 (PDF)
2014 meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 4-5 July 2014 (PDF)
2013 meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 9-10 August 2013 (PDF)
2012 meeting, Roanoke, Virginia, USA, 22-23 June 2012 (PDF)
2011 meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 29-30 July 2011 (PDF)
2010 meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, 10-11 July 2010 (PDF)
2009 meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, 31 July – 1 August 2009 (PDF)
2008 meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, 28-29 July 2008 (PDF)
2007 meeting, Torino, Italy, 4-5 August 2007 (PDF)
2006 meeting, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 15-16 July 2006 (PDF)
2005 meeting, Beijing, China, 13-14 August 2005 (PDF)
2004 meeting, Paris, France, 2-3 July 2004 (PDF)
2003 meeting, Ottawa, Canada, 9-10 August 2003 (PDF)
2002 meeting, Beijing, China, 6-7 July 2002 (PDF)

Activity Reports

Report 2020-2021 (prepared for Council virtual meeting August 2021) by Prof. Christine Luscombe (pdf 1MB)
Report 2020 (prepared for Bureau) by Prof. Christine Luscombe (pdf 231 KB)
Report 2016 (prepared for Bureau in Montreal) by Prof. Greg Russell (pdf 514 KB)
Report 2014-2015 (prepared for Council in Busan) by Prof. Michael Buback (pdf 201 KB)
Biennium 2010-2011, by Prof. Christopher K. Ober (PDF)
Annual 2010, by Prof. Christopher K. Ober (PDF) + Roundups from Glasgow (Chem Int, Vol. 32, No. 1, Jan 2010).  

LINKs to
Google Scholar page for the Division
Purple Book, i.e. Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature
A Brief guide to Polymer Nomenclature 
Polymer Education Website