2008 Lemelson-MIT Prize
Winner Presents Chemistry Seminar at
February 18, 2009. Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent
Professor of Chemistry at the
This past June, Dr. DeSimone was
selected as the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize winner
In December, Dr Desimone was selected by the News and Observer as the “2008 Tar Heel of the Year.”
Dubbed the "Oscar for Inventors," the Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. The prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions and innovations that improve the world in which we live.
A prolific inventor, DeSimone holds more than 115 issued patents with more than 70 new patent applications pending, and he has published more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. DeSimone's inventions have led to the formation of several licensed processes or startup companies that involve the use of supercritical carbon dioxide to replace dry cleaning solvents, supercritical carbon dioxide for teflon production, bioabsorbable drug-eluting stents, and nanoparticle printing for nanocarriers of medicine to target organs.
Dr. DeSimone's research interests outlined on his research group page include "New strategies for the delivery of detection, imaging and therapeutic agents for the battle against human disease; Nanomedicine; Fluoropolymers: photolithography, fuel cells, microfluidics, minimally adhesive surfaces; Medical devices; Colloid, surfactant and surface chemistry; Particle Jamming and un-jamming; Polymer synthesis and processing in carbon dioxide: new polymers, interfacial science and colloids, reaction kinetics and engineering, green chemistry."
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Dr. DeSimone is a tremendous advocate for diversity in science. In his own words: "There is no more fertile ground for innovation than a diversity of experience. And that diversity of experience arises from a difference of cultures, ethnicities, and life backgrounds. A successful scientific endeavor is one that attracts a diversity of experience, draws upon the breadth and depth of that experience, and cultivates those differences, acknowledging the creativity they spark."