Polymer Division

The origins of the Polymer Division date from the early 1960s, and arose from the activities of a number of members of the Victorian branch of the RACI. The Polymer Division is the largest organisation representing polymer scientists, engineers and technologists in Australasia. It was the first of the “modern” Divisions of the RACI.


Our Purpose


The aim of the Polymer Division is to promote the professional activities of our members, both within our borders and on the international stage. The services we offer include:

  • organisation of scientific and educational meetings
  • promotion of individual scientists
  • provision of expert consulting advice
  • publishing of proceedings, journals, books and other matter.


The Polymer Division is strongly committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.


Regular Events 


Our Polymer Division is very active in holding regular events. Highlights include:

  • Australian Polymer Symposium held every 12-18 months
  • Polymer Summer School
  • Solomon Lectures
  • State Polymer Group Events



Division Awards


Batteard Jordan Medal

  • The highest award offered by the Division awarded for outstanding achievement in polymer science in Australia.

Sangster Award

  • Offered to an outstanding Australian mid-career polymer scientist to encourage their work in polymer science or technology and to help them gain international recognition

Bruce Guise Award

  • Awarded to a distinguished Australasian who has made a contribution to industrial research in polymer science and/or technology.

Polymer Citations

  • Recognises contributions to polymer science and/or technology in Australia and New Zealand

CRC Prize

  • Award for students & young scientists.

Treloar Prize

  • Award for students & young scientists

O'Donnell Student Travel Bursaries

  • Awarded to an outstanding PhD student to visit an overseas institution for at least 3 weeks to perform research towards their PhD..


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Division Committee

Position Name
Chair - Georgina Such
Treasurer - Dr Nathan RB Boase
Past Chair - Killugudi L. Swaminatha Iyer


Become Involved


If you would like more information on our Division, or how to become involved, please contact us

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Chemistry in Australia Magazine

You will have online access to 4 quarterly issues of Chemistry in Australia, the RACI’s member magazine, per year.

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