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

World’s First Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyurethane Wind Blades

Marcio R. Loos, Cristimari R. O. Loos, Donald L. Feke, Ica Manas-Zloczower

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106

Usama Younes, Serkan Unal

Bayer MaterialScience Pittsburgh, Pa 15205-9741

Peter Emrich, Frank Bradish, Richard Sesco

Molded Fiber Glass Company Ashtabula, OH 44005-0675


Since its early development in the 1980s, the global market for wind energy has expanded exponentially. In the period between 1990-2007 the world’s total wind electricity capacity has grown 50 times and is predicted to increase over the 2008 level by ten-fold by 2030, and twenty-fold by 2050, [1]. In order to achieve the expansion expected in this area, there is a need for the development of stronger and lighter materials which will enable manufacturing of blades for larger rotors. The larger the area through which the turbine can extract the wind energy, the more power that can be captured (See Figure 1). Advanced materials with higher strength to mass ratios could enable larger area rotors to be cost-effective. Carbon nanotube based composites could enable larger rotor blades.

Figure 1. Growth in size of the rotor diameter of wind turbines since 1980. Adapted from [1].

Spartan Senior Erin Hollinger Named First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VII

CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the third-consecutive season, Case Western Reserve University senior two-sport standout Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Women's Basketball First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Read More at the Daily

Korley Named Glennan Fellow

The 2010-11 Glennan Fellows are Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery; Francesca Brittan, assistant professor of music; Xuan Gao, assistant professor of physics; LaShanda KorleyRead More

Go Erin! Student-Athlete Hits the Books While Racking Up Honors

It’s been a hectic week for junior Erin Hollinger. On Tuesday, she was one of 11 Division III female basketball players in the country to be named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, which honors basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. Last week, the College Sports Information Directors of America named the basketball forward to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-American team. And until last weekend, the macromolecular science and engineering major’s two sports overlapped, with Hollinger contributing 14 points and six rebounds in the Spartan women’s basketball team’s victory over Carnegie Mellon on Saturday before hopping on a plane to Chicago for the University Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championship. At the meet, the women’s team earned fourth place, and Hollinger won the high jump with a mark of 1.63 meters. Oh, and don’t forget those midterm exams.                                                                   Read About It