Juan P. Hinestroza
Unraveling the Unlimited Potential of Cotton Fibers via Manipulation of Nanoscale Phenomena
Professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University, and director of The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory in Ithaca, NY
Juan P. Hinestroza, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a PMP®, is the Rebecca Q. Morgan Professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University, and director of The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory in Ithaca, NY. Professor Hinestroza works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science. Hinestroza, is an inventor of more than 27 granted international patents; an author of over 95 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters; and an editor of a book on cellulose-based green composites. Hinestroza’s pioneering work has enabled the creation of 3 start-up companies, and he has served as a consultant to major Fortune 50 corporations and investment banks in the field of smart and interactive textiles and fibers.
Professor Hinestroza obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Professor Hinestroza worked as a process control engineer for The Dow Chemical Company. Hinestroza has received over 8.8 MM USD in funding (Federal and State agencies as well as Industrial Consortiums) for his research in understanding and exploring new pathways for creating multifunctional fibers via manipulation of nanoscale phenomena.
Professor Hinestroza has been the recipient of a myriad of awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Young Investigator Award from NYSTAR and the Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers, The Humanitarian Award from the National Textile Center and the Academic Innovation Award from Cornell Class of 72. Professor Hinestroza has been invited to lecture worldwide at universities and research centers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. In addition, Professor Hinestroza has received visiting scientist fellowships from The Chubu Foundation for Science and Technology in Japan, The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development in Brazil, The Swiss National Science Foundation in Switzerland and the Tote Board in Singapore.
Professor Hinestroza’s scientific work has been featured in Nature Nanotechnology, MRS Bulletin, Materials Today, C&E News, National Geographic, ASEE Prism as well as mainstream media outlets such as CNN, Wired, TechReview, The Guardian, Popular Science, ABC News, NY Times, Reuters, PBS, NPR and BBC. In addition to his scientific endeavors, Professor Hinestroza and his research group are actively involved in community outreach activities aimed at increasing the number of members from underrepresented minority groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as engaging senior citizens in collaborative and inter-generational learning experiences.
In this talk we will discuss several strategies used by our research group to create new functionalities onto cotton fibers. These strategies are based on directed, convective, electrostatic and self-assembly of diverse moieties such as a nanolayers, nanoparticles, nanorods and nanoreticular structures. We will present several examples on how cotton can be used as a base for the manufacturing of basic electronic devices, as a platform for the controlled assembly of isoreticular structures such as metal-organic frameworks, as an active sensing platform for glucose and urea from sweat, and as an interactive interface that can change colors according to a myriad of stimuli. These discoveries find applications in several industries and unique applications such as high-performance sports apparel, truly wearable sensors, and biomedical devices. We will provide new insights into the unlimited potential of cotton and its synergies with nanoscale materials.