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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Meeting
Julius Stieglitz Award Lecture
Joint with the University of Chicago, Dept. of Chemistry


Joseph DeSimone
Prof. Joseph DeSimone
Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Director, Frank Hawkings Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC-Charlotte

“Translating Basic Science into Products and the Role of Diversity in Making that Happen”

Date:  Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Holiday Inn
1000 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members, and $20 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Monday, November 5.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:30 PM - PreDinner talk
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour
6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
7:45  PM · General Meeting

Topic: “Translating Basic Science into Products and the Role of Diversity in Making that Happen”


In 1965, Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, described the trend that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since 1958. This trend has continued to today, enabled by advances in photolithography which has taken the minimum feature size of transistors down from about 10 microns in 1970 to 0.045 microns (45 nm) today. In biological terms, this corresponds to going from the size of a red blood cell to the size of a single virus particle! As such, this top-down nano-fabrication technology from the semiconductor industry is, for the first time, in the size range to be relevant for the design of medicines, vaccines and interfacially active Janus particles.

This lecture will describe the insights, the team and the strategies behind translating the basic science and engineering from one industry (microelectronics) into products useful in other fields (medicine and vaccines) to improve the health and well-being of society.


We are pleased to welcome Dr. DeSimone as our Stieglitz Lecturer for 2012. We are fortunate to have a chemist of such honor and achievement as our speaker for this evening.  If you view his resumé, it is easy to see why the honors have come. First, his work has taken place in those areas which are at the forefront of our society’s technical needs and interests: computers, nanotechnology, and medical technology, to name several prominent areas. Second, his work has been successful in serving as a bridge at a time when there is a need to merge the research and development findings from science and engineering to create new and more efficient techniques and products. Dr. DeSimone has certainly been prominent as a leader in this regard.

Joe received his B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, near Philadelphia, in 1986, followed by his Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blackburg, VA in 1990 with Dr. James E. McGrath as his advisor.   We can see how successful he has been in carrying out this work by the manner and number of his awards and recognitions. They have come equally from the technical as well as the social sides of our society.

Dr. DeSimone has been very active and creative in the various areas of his work and in areas of leadership for his university. This is reflected by his appointments in the many leadership roles for his University. This is also reflected by his achievements in being recognized as a Named Professor of Chemistry at UNC and as a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State. Just recently he was appointed Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, a business institute for the UNC campus.

He has published nearly three hundred papers in various intellectual and scholarly areas of his work and has received 135 domestic and foreign patents. He has received awards and recognitions from many different donors honoring his work. A few of them are listed below as representative of his works. He is a great teacher and has been responsible for many students as postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates who have worked in his labs.

Pre-Dinner Talk Topic: “Cholesterol Ester Transfer Proteins”

Speaker:  Dr. Anita Mehta

Abstract:  “Cholesterol Ester Transfer Proteins”  their roles in lipid metabolism, heart disease, and the drugs targeting them.  

Biography:  Chicago Discovery Solutions


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Parking:   Free parking.


Fresh Fruit Cup
Soup Du Jour
Tossed Salad with Choice of Dressing


Vegetable and Starch





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