The Next 100 Years of Polymer Science

Abd-El-Aziz AS, Antonietti M, Barner-Kowollik C, Binder WH, Boeker A, Boyer C, Buchmeiser MR, Cheng SZD, D'Agosto F, Floudas G, Frey H, Galli G, Genzer J, Hartmann L, Hoogenboom R, Ishizone T, Kaplan DL, Leclerc M, Lendlein A, Liu B, Long TE, Ludwigs S, Lutz JF, Matyjaszewski K, Meier MAR, Muellen K, Muellner M, Rieger B, Russell TP, Savin DA, Schlueter AD, Schubert US, Seiffert S, Severing K, Soares JBP, Staffilani M, Sumerlin BS, Sun Y, Tang BZ, Tang C, Theato P, Tirelli N, Tsui OKC, Unterlass MM, Vana P, Voit B, Vyazovkin S, Weder C, Wiesner U, Wong WY, Wu C, Yagci Y, Yuan J, Zhang G (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article, Review article

Publication year: 2020


Book Volume: 221

Article Number: 2000216

Journal Issue: 16

DOI: 10.1002/macp.202000216


The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first article on polymerization, published by Hermann Staudinger. It is Staudinger who realized that polymers consist of long chains of covalently linked building blocks. Polymers have had a tremendous impact on the society ever since this initial publication. People live in a world that is almost impossible to imagine without synthetic polymers. But what does the future hold for polymer science? In this article, the editors and advisory board of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics reflect on this question.

Involved external institutions

University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) CA Canada (CA) Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung / Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces DE Germany (DE) Queensland University of Technology (QUT) AU Australia (AU) Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) DE Germany (DE) Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung (IAP) / Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research DE Germany (DE) University of Florida US United States (USA) (US) Beihang University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) / 北京航空航天大学 CN China (CN) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) / 香港科技大學 CN China (CN) University of South Carolina US United States (USA) (US) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) DE Germany (DE) Italian Institute of Technology / Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) IT Italy (IT) Technische Universität Wien / Vienna University of Technology AT Austria (AT) Georg-August-Universität Göttingen DE Germany (DE) University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) US United States (USA) (US) University of Fribourg / Universitè de Fribourg CH Switzerland (CH) Cornell University US United States (USA) (US) Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) CN China (CN) The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) CN China (CN) Istanbul Technical University / İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (İTÜ) TR Turkey (TR) Stockholm University / Stockholms universitet SE Sweden (SE) South China University of Technology (SCUT) / 华南理工大学 CN China (CN) University of New South Wales (UNSW) AU Australia (AU) Universität Stuttgart DE Germany (DE) University of Akron US United States (USA) (US) University of Ioannina / Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων GR Greece (GR) Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU) DE Germany (DE) University of Pisa / Università di Pisa (UniPi) IT Italy (IT) North Carolina State University US United States (USA) (US) Universiteit Gent (UGent) / Ghent University BE Belgium (BE) Tokyo Institute of Technology JP Japan (JP) Tufts University US United States (USA) (US) Université Laval (UL) CA Canada (CA) Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG) DE Germany (DE) National University of Singapore (NUS) SG Singapore (SG) Arizona State University (ASU) US United States (USA) (US) Carnegie Mellon University US United States (USA) (US) Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung (MPI-P) / Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research DE Germany (DE) Technische Universität München (TUM) DE Germany (DE) University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) US United States (USA) (US) Wiley-VCH Verlag DE Germany (DE) University of Alberta CA Canada (CA) Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCB) FR France (FR) Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf DE Germany (DE) Université de Strasbourg (UDS) FR France (FR) University of Sydney (USYD) AU Australia (AU) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) / Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich CH Switzerland (CH) Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena DE Germany (DE) Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. DE Germany (DE)

How to cite


Abd-El-Aziz, A.S., Antonietti, M., Barner-Kowollik, C., Binder, W.H., Boeker, A., Boyer, C.,... Zhang, G. (2020). The Next 100 Years of Polymer Science. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 221(16).


Abd-El-Aziz, Alaa S., et al. "The Next 100 Years of Polymer Science." Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 221.16 (2020).

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