(December 12, 2018) Alumnus Joseph DeSimone (McGrath Ph.D. '90) has received the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Award for Convergent Science for 2018, per the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's University Gazette. The prize recognizes significant advances in convergence research—defined as the integration of two or more of the following disciplines: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biomedicine, biology, astronomy, earth sciences, engineering and computation science—that were only possible through this type of collaboration.

While Prof. DeSimone is the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is currently on sabbatical to serve as the president of Carbon, a technology company and manufacturer based in Silicon Valley, California. The company, founded by DeSimone in 2013, is working to reinvent how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured and delivered, toward a digital and sustainable future.

To read more about Prof. DeSimone's research and accomplishments, read the article here.