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To promote interactions among the members of the Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY) in the American Physical Society (APS), an annual DPOLY special issue has been published since 1992, as an exciting and up-to-date collection of the research topics presented at the APS March Meeting. It is highlighted on the Journal web page and, as a result, is a prominent issue with a higher citation record than regular issues.

We have continued featuring VIEWPOINT articles this year, in hopes to continue this effort as a “tradition” for the DPOLY special issue for years to come. Featuring VIEWPOINT articles was originally initiated by Professor Kari Dalnoki-Veress at McMaster when he served as the guest editor of DPOLY special issue in 2005. The featured VIEWPOINT articles in DPOLY special issue represent a series of short opinion pieces from well-respected researchers discussing the big questions or intriguing puzzles in Polymer Science.1 We sincerely thank Professors Nitash Balsara, Dennis Disher, Steve Granick, Ken Shull, Kenji Urayama (2006 Dillon Medal Winner), and Zhen-Gang Wang for accepting our difficult request to write VIEWPOINT articles and to share their opinions of future challenges in polymer physics fields.

The last section of the special issue is a collection of contributed articles presented at the APS March meeting in 2006. We sincerely thank all the authors for contributing to another exciting DPOLY special issue.

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CHANG Y. RYU

Professor Ryu is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Upon earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with Tim Lodge at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ryu served as a postdoctoral researcher with Ed Kramer and Glenn Fredrickson at the University of California, Santa Barbara for two years. He joined Rensselaer in November, 2000, and has won the NSF CAREER Award (2005), Mettler-Toledo Thermal Analysis Education Grant (2001), and the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the ACS PMSE Division (1998). His research interest includes HPLC analysis and large scale separation of polymers.

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RAHMI OZISIK

Professor Ozisik is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. After receiving his Ph.D. in Polymer Science with Wayne Mattice in 1999 from The University of Akron and working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Ulrich W. Suter, Dr. Ozisik joined the Rensselaer faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2002. His research interests include supercritical fluid assisted processing of nanocomposites, control of interfaces in polymeric nancomposites, and modeling of polymeric systems using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods.