Joseph M. DeSimone, PhD

CEO & Co-founder

Joe co-founded Carbon in 2013. Under his direction, Carbon is marrying the intricacies of molecular science with hardware and software technologies to advance the 3D printing industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. Throughout his time in academia, Joe has published over 300 scientific articles and has over 150 issued patents in his name-with over 80 patents pending. Joe also previously co-founded several companies including Micell Technologies, Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions, and Liquidia Technologies.

As CEO of Carbon, Joe is currently on leave from his role as Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina. He received his BS in Chemistry from Ursinus College, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

Joe is one of less than twenty individuals who have been elected to all three branches of the National Academies: Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. During his career he has received over 50 major awards and recognitions including the 2015 Dickson Prize from Carnegie Mellon University; 2014 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the ACS; the 2010 AAAS Mentor Award in recognition of his efforts to advance diversity in the chemistry PhD workforce; the 2007 Collaboration Success Award from the Council for Chemical Research; and the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award by DuPont.