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Convergent Research to Address Societal Needs (General Lecture)

Thursday, February 15, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Joseph M. DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State and of Chemistry at UNC

This presentation will focus on connections that link polymer synthesis in supercritical CO2 to cancer treatment and vaccines, non-flammable polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, and 3D printing. I will attempt to show the value of versatility in applying one's primary area of expertise to address pertinent questions in science and in society. I will discuss key factors that enable a research effort to take shape with an intention to influence diverse fields and have a tangible impact in the private sector, emphasizing the translation of discoveries into the marketplace for the purpose of improving the health and well-being of society.

Series: W. N. Lacey Lectureship in Chemical Engineering
For more information, please phone (626) 395-4115 or email

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