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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The American Chemical Society recently bestowed one of its top honors on UNC-CH and N.C. State chemistry professor

The group picked DeSimone, an inventor and entrepreneur, for the Harrison Howe Award. It is named after one of the society’s founders. He also was the founding editor of Chemical and Engineering news.

DeSimone has won numerous awards in recent years. Among Howe Award recipients, 40 percent later won Nobel prizes.

In 2009, DeSimone received the National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award.

Last October, DeSimone, the founder of such firms as Micell and Liquidia, was picked for the North Carolina science award. He is a chemistry professor at UNC and a professor in chemical engineering at NCSU.

In 2008, he received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize – the so-called "Oscar for inventors" – for his inventions in green manufacturing, nanomedicine and medical devices as well as lab-to-market entrepreneurship. He also recently received a $2.5 million research award from the National Institutes of Health.