The advent of controlled polymerization, advanced electronics, biomimetic materials, nanostructured systems, and a range of other new avenues for polymeric materials has raised the bar for measurements and standards research. This report of the 2002 activities and accomplishments describes many of the projects designed by the scientists in the Polymers Division at NIST of creatively meet this ongoing challenge. As usual, our research encompasses a range of topics and only a selection can be presented in this summary, and we are also able to discuss only a fraction of the many interactions with complementary teams throughout NIST, with our industrial partners, and with the larger scientific community. I encourage you to consult our website at www.nist.gov/polymers
for more information.