Welcome to Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Macromolecular science is the study of the synthesis, structure, processing, properties and use of polymers. These giant molecules are the basis of synthetic materials including plastics, fibers, rubber, films, paints, membranes, and adhesives.

Founded in 1963 as the first department for education and research in polymers in the nation, and recognized around the world as one of the best polymer programs in existence, the  Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is a world leader in all areas of polymer science and engineering.  As the first accredited undergraduate program in the United States in this field, the department continues to provide cutting-edge education in this exciting field.

We look forward to meeting you in person to discuss how we can assist you achieve your goals and dreams in your engineering education.

David Schiraldi
Chair, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering


Information on applying to our graduate program can be found here

Recent News

Professor Michael Hore named UKPPG/DPOLY lecturer by American Physical Society

The UKPPG/DPOLY Lecture Exchange was established in 2009 recognize research excellence and promise by polymer physicists just beginning their independent careers, and to strengthen ties between DPOLY and the Polymer Physics Group (PPG) of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Ica Manas-Zloczower wins 2017 SPE Education Award

Professor Ica Manas-Zloczower has won the 2017 Education Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The SPE Education Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of plastics education, through teaching, mentoring, and outreach.

Vahab Solouki Bonab wins scholarship from the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE)

Vahab Solouki Bonab, a Ph.D. candidate working in Prof. Ica Manas-Zloczower's group, has been selected for a 2016 SPE Thermoplastic Elastomers Special Interest Group scholarship. This scholarship for $1,000 is awarded to graduate or undergraduate students working in the field of thermoplastic elastomers. Congratulations, Vahab!


Macro Ph.D. Candidate Jaqueline Wallat Wins Baxter Young Investigator Award.

Jaqueline Wallat, a Ph.D. candidate in the Pokorski Lab, was recently awarded the Baxter Young Investigator Award for her work on healthcare related issues. The competitive award was given to a total of 17 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Congratulations, Jacky!

The full press release can be viewed here.


Open Faculty Position in Polymer Science/Engineering (tenured or tenure-track)

The Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is soliciting applications for a full time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position. This position is open to candidates at all ranks, but preference will be given to experienced faculty who would start at the Associate Professor or Professor level.

First and #1: CWRU Macromolecular Science and Engineering ranked #1

The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has been ranked as the #1 polymers/plastic engineering program in the United States. The department also has the distinction of being the first such department in the United States, having been founded in 1963.

Professor Liming Dai discusses smart windows on Science News

Professor Dai was recently featured on the Science/AAAS News website discussing recent research that demonstrates "smart glass" which can harvest energy from wind or precipitation to cause changes in transparency or color. This technology could be used in the future for more eco-friendly, responsive windows in structures.

Liming Dai: Integrating nanochemistry into the macroscopic world

Liming Dai is a professor in the department of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), US. He is also director of the Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon (Case4Carbon). Dai’s expertise lies across the synthesis, chemical modification and device fabrication of conjugated polymers and carbon nanomaterials for energy-related and biomedical applications.

Case Western Receives $540,000 Grant for Nanostructure Research

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $540,000 federal grant to work on ways of building nanostructures, tiny objects that can precisely deliver medicines to tumors, carry dyes that may help detect diseases, or serve as wires in electronics or computers.

Graduate Application Deadlines


Early Fall Consideration: October 1

Fall Semester Enrollment: January 31

Spring Semester Enrollment: October 1


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