UNC Chemist Joseph DeSimone Recipient of 2014 IRI Medal

UNC Chemist Joseph DeSimone Recipient of 2014 IRI Medal

DeSimone recognized for outstanding commitment to commercializing scientific innovations

Arlington, VA (February 5, 2014)—In an effort to acknowledge great scientific achievements each year, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)—an association that brings together leading practitioners in technological innovation and R&D management to seek, share, learn and create best practices—recognizes the invaluable contribution of individual innovators to the advancement of science, industry and society with its presentation of the IRI Medal.

For the commercialization of scientific innovations in areas ranging from plastics manufacturing to nanomedicine which demonstrate significant economic, environmental, and societal impact, IRI is awarding this year’s medal to Dr. Joseph DeSimone, the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at UNC.

“A prolific inventor and innovator, Dr. DeSimone’s work sets a high standard for scientific excellence,” said IRI President Ed Bernstein, “We are proud to honor him for his many achievements and ongoing contributions to industry.”

Dr. DeSimone is a polymer chemist who has aided breakthroughs in fluoropolymer synthesis, colloid science, nano-biomaterials, green chemistry and most recently 3D printing. He holds 140 patents, with over 80 patents pending, and has published over 300 scientific articles. He received a BS in Chemistry from Ursinus College in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 1990.

“Recognizing the hard work of innovative scientists like Dr. DeSimone is a great privilege for me, as a fellow chemist,” said Dr. Martha Collins, Director of Global Technology Centers at Air Products and IRI Board Chair, “his research and contributions to the field have been of great value to industries like ours, which constantly search for ways of improving the lives of everyday people.”

The award ceremony for Dr. DeSimone is on the evening of May 21, 2014, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel during IRI’s Annual Meeting.

About the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies span diverse industries and represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703-647-2580 or visit www.iriweb.org.