Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Dr. DeSimone is also Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NCSU.
Dr. DeSimone has published over 290 scientific articles and has over 130 issued patents in his name with over 80 patents pending. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his notable inventions is an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that relies on supercritical carbon dioxide. His research group is focused on learning how to bring the precision, uniformity and mass production techniques associated with the fabrication of nanoscale features found in the microelectronics industry to the nanomedicine field for the fabrication and delivery of vaccines and therapeutics for the treatment and prevention of diseases.