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Joseph M. DeSimone, 2005/06 Lecturer

photo of Joseph M. DeSimoneJoseph M. DeSimone is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College in 1986 and then earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Ursinus College (1999).

Currently, Dr. DeSimone is Director of the NSF Science Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes, a collaborative endeavor connecting the research goals, resources, and expertise of five universities spanning the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, information and library sciences, psychology, and education. He is also Director of the new UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology (IAM). Dr. DeSimone was the Chairman (1996-2003) and co-founder of Micell Technologies, Inc, a company which pioneered the highly celebrated CO2 dry cleaning technology to replace the undesirable solvent perchloroethylene. In 2002, Dr. DeSimone co-founded BioStent with Richard Stack, William Starling, and Robert Langer to develop and commercialize polymeric drug eluting stents for cardiovascular applications. Dr. DeSimone has written more than 200 refereed articles and has issued over 100 patents.

Dr. DeSimone is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards. In addition to receiving the 2005 ACS Award for Creative Invention, he was most recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for the "development of environmentally friendly chemistries and processes for the synthesis of materials, especially new fluoropolymers". He was also selected to receive the 2002 John Scott Award and the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award from DuPont.

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