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

"SPEAR, the Macro Graduate Student - Led Sustainability Initiative"

Sustainability in Polymers Education and Research is a group dedicated to teaching educators and students alike the importance of sustainability in polymers. This website is a portal linking teachers to educational tools such as outreach activities and presentations highlighting specific areas in the field of sustainable polymers.


Case Western Reserve University’s Eric Baer, PhD, and his colleagues have created an artificial lens that mimics a healthy 5-yearold’s eye.

The Gradient Refractive Index lens, or GRIN lens, gradually bends light as it passes through layers of two kinds of polymers, each just nanometers thick. Every one of the polymers has a different refractive index, which means light travels through them at different speeds.

Unlike eyeglasses, the lens can maintain focus across its surface—in practice, to the corners of the eye—and also can focus near and far.

In principle, squid should be a flop

In principle, squid should be a flop.

With no bones, the sea creatures' bodies are soft and squishy. But their beaks – yes, squid have beaks – are rock-hard and knife-edged, like an eagle's, the better to rip apart their prey. A squid's beak, made of one of nature's toughest materials, easily slices through a fish's spine.

Professors' "Ken" Ishida and Zehra Meral Ozsoyoglu receive university Distinguished Research Awards

Two Case School of Engineering faculty members are among the first professors to receive the university's newest recognition of faculty achievement: the Distinguished Research Awards. 
Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, and Zehra Meral Ozsoyoglu, the Andrew R. Jennings Professor of Computing, were presented Distinguished Research Awards this spring by President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III.

Case researchers developing self-healing polymers

CINCINNATI — Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed materials that can heal themselves.

A team, led by Case Western professor Stuart Rowan, is working on structurally dynamic polymers that respond to stimuli like ultraviolet light.

Rowan also is director of the university's Institute for Advanced Materials.

‘Just One Word Plastics’

Readers of a certain age may remember this line from one of the biggest movies of 1967: “There’s a great future in plastics.” In the movie “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman, plastics was a metaphor for what was superficial in American life in the 1960s. Literally, though, the statement was prescient.

Prof. Ken Ishida awarded CWRU's Distinguished Research Award

Prof. Ken Ishida has been awarded CWRU's Distinguished Research Award.  The President and Provost dropped in on EMAC 270 Monday, April 22, 2013 to present the award to Ken in front of our students.  This award recognizes Ken's many achievements over his career at CWRU, and his transformative effects upon our field.

Please join Macro in congratulating Ken!

Professor Rigoberto Advincula Win's 2013 Herman Mark Scholar Award

CONGRATULATIONS MARK AWARDEES.  A symposia in their honor will be held at the Fall ACS National Meeting 2013.


Student researcher Kevin Chiou studies nanoemulsions in Germany

Michael McKenna, Research and Innovations Reporter
September 19, 2012
Filed under News, Spotlight On: Research

Despite traveling halfway across the world, last summer was not exactly a vacation for Case Western Reserve University junior Kevin Chiou.

Chiou, a polymer science and engineering major, spent three months of his summer vacation working 60 hours a week researching nanoemulsions at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. read more.


Students Invent a Better Pothole Patch

A group of Case Western Reserve University students have created an innovative solution for filling potholes. Watch this video to see how their clever invention works—and is attracting attention from around the world!