Educating, connecting and growing the evolving elastomer community


For over 100 years, the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has delivered exceptional value and service to industry professionals and become an indispensable resource through our mission of educating, connecting and growing the evolving elastomer community. Membership in our organization provides you with valuable benefits to help you achieve success in our industry. Individual membership, as well as corporate membership is available. Join our organization and receive:

Unparalleled Value

With low membership dues, joining Rubber Division, ACS is an investment that pays big dividends through exclusive members-only savings and benefits.

Online Subscription to the Industry’s Premier Journal

You’ll stay informed on the latest rubber industry issues, trends and events through your free online subscription to Rubber Chemistry and Technology, the leading industry journal on rubber science and technology research. Published four times a year, the journal covers current developments in rubber recycling, thermoplastic elastomers, tires, compounding and processing, testing and analysis, silicone elastomers and more, and offers access to articles dating as far back as 1928. Print subscriptions are also available at a discounted member rate.

Educational Opportunities to Advance Your Knowledge and Your Career

Members can choose from an extensive array of online and on-site educational programs, workshops and technical symposia to stay at the forefront of the industry and enhance your skills. Online courses such as our Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rubber Technology offer the convenience of learning from your home or office. Training is also offered through courses that take place at our Elastomer Training Center in Akron, OH and several other locations throughout the U.S. All of our Elastomer Training Center courses can also be taken remotely online as well. 

Authoritative Answers & Expert Research Assistance

As a member, you enjoy exclusive access to scientific, technical and management information at members‐only discounted rates from the Rubber Division’s Librarian. This indispensable, full‐service resource for all technical and business information on rubber and other polymer science information is located within the Science & Technology Library, Auburn Science & Engineering Center at The University of Akron. With one phone call, you’ll have rapid access to:

  • More than 115,000 volumes and serials
  • Over 1,100 subscriptions and 90 electronic databases
  • Professional researchers to help locate articles, conference papers, patents and book chapters
  • Free book loans
  • Document delivery within 24‐48 hours
  • Simple inquiries and referrals are free and Rubber Division, ACS members receive significant discounts on fee‐based library services

Substantial Savings on Professional Events, Services & Resources

Rubber Division, ACS membership entitles you to valuable discounts on technical publications, meeting registration fees, library and research services, courses, workshops and seminars. Your savings include:

  • $100 to $155 discount on registration or admission to our conferences, technical meetings, expositions and educational courses
  • 10% discount on all technical and business publications offered by Rubber Division, ACS
  • $100 discount on educational courses
  • Discounts on Library and Information Services
  • $45 discount on literature searches
  • Up to a $30 discount on individual meeting papers
  • $25 discount on article photocopies

Online Membership Directory

With our comprehensive, searchable online directory that is available only to members, you’ll find it quick and easy to locate and network with fellow scientists, engineers and professionals in academia, government and private industry, and keep your own contact information current.

Powerful Networking

Membership in Rubber Division, ACS aligns you with nearly 3,000 other rubber and affiliated industry professionals from over 1,200 organizations worldwide. You can expand your circle of contacts, customers and friends at international conferences/meetings and expositions and participate in Rubber Division, ACS committees. You’ll also enjoy networking opportunities at joint events with other industry organizations, such as the Society of Plastic Industries, Rubber Manufacturers Association, Asphalt Associations and more.

Increased Visibility in the Marketplace

Position your company as an industry leader by taking advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities offered to members of Rubber Division, ACS. Choose from four levels of annual sponsorships and student outreach program sponsorships, exclusive International Elastomer Conference sponsorships, specialty conference sponsorships and additional event opportunities. 

Professional Recognition and Scholarships

Rubber Division, ACS regularly presents prestigious, globally recognized awards to accomplished members who are leaders in the rubber industry and affiliated industries. Our awards include:

  • Charles Goodyear Medal
  • Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award
  • George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research
  • Fernley H. Banbury Award
  • Sparks-Thomas Award
  • Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award
  • Bioelastomer Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Arnold Smith Special Service Award
  • Certificate of Special Appreciation

In addition, Rubber Division, ACS offers undergraduate scholarships and rubber technology training awards each year. We also join with local Rubber Groups, the American Chemical Society and industry companies to provide many additional scholarships for students in the rubber industry.

Career & Workforce Development Support

As a member, you have unlimited access to the Rubber Division, ACS Career Center, the industry’s most highly regarded online recruitment resource. You can post your resume, search jobs and sign up to receive e‐mail notifications from interested employers. You also can bring new talent to your staff by accessing the most qualified and experienced pool of potential employees. Division‐sponsored initiatives to attract, educate, train and recruit talented and qualified students into the rubber industry and affiliated industries and connect employers with the next generation of employees include student guides, student chapters, student colloquia, career assistance, scholarships and internship/co‐op program information.

Interested in Rubber Division, ACS membership, but have more questions? Contact our Training & Membership Director, Heather Maimone, at or 330-595-5546.