Juan Hinestroza
Prof Asst

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities

Professor Hinestroza is an active member of The American Chemical Society. Professor Hinestroza is a member-at-large of the Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials and has been the organizer for the Cellulose-Based and Other Green Composites Symposium.   Professor Hinestroza is also a member of The Materials Research Society MRS,  The American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE,  The Society of Rheology, The Fiber Society  and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers SHPE

Current Research Activities


Our research group is focused on understanding complex phenomena at the nanoscale that are of fundamental relevance to fiber and polymer science.

Our work on textiles nanotechnology can be categorized into three main thrusts that are highly interdependant:

1. Modification of existing textile materials using electrostatic self-assembly and atomic layer deposition techniques to create novel and customizable surfaces on conventional textile substrates with emphasis on natural fibers.

2. Creation of novel nanofibers using directed and external fields to control self-assembly phenomena at the nanoscale. We use alternating magnetic fields to achieve precise position control of embedded nanoparticles inside polymeric fibers creating novel nanocomposite materials.

3. Development of metrology tools based on scanning probe microscopy customized to assess nanoscale phenomena on low energy surfaces with high radius of curvature such as those of textile fibers.


Biographical Statement

     Juan P. Hinestroza is Assistant Professor of Fiber Science and directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University. 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. 
      Professor Hinestroza works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science. Hinestroza has received over 4.2 MM USD in research funding ( Federal and State agencies as well as Industrial Consortiums) for his pioneering work in 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 J.D. Watson Young Investigator award from the NY State Foundation for Science Technology and Innovation and the Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers.

      In addition to his scientificc endeavors, Professor Hinestroza and his research group are actively involved in community outreach activities aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minority groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as engaging senior citizens in collaborative and inter-generational learning experiences.  Additional Information about Professor Hinestroza and his research work is available at http://people.cornell.edu/pages/jh433/


Research Website:    http://people.cornell.edu/pages/jh433/


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University 2002
B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander 1995

Administrative Responsibilities
Chairman of the Committee on Academic Status at the College of Human Ecology

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
FSAD 4660 : Textiles Apparel Innovation
FSAD 6160 : Rheology of Solids
FSAD 6390 : Mechanics of Fibrous Systems

Related Websites

Hinestroza Research Group  http://people.cornell.edu/pages/jh433/

Selected Publications

Avila, A.G., Hinestroza, J. Tough Cotton (2008), Nature Nanotechnology,3,458-459

Book Chapter: Li, Y., Hinestroza, J. (2008) Boundary lubrication phenomena in coated textile surfaces. In B.S. Gupta Ed, Friction in Textile Materials. CRC Press, LLC. ISBN: 978084934788

Dong, H., Wang, D., Sun, G., Hinestroza, J., Assembly of Metal Nanoparticles on Electrospun Nylon 6 Nanofibers by Control of Interfacial Hydrogen Bonding Interactions (2008), Chemistry of Materials 20, 21, 6627-6632.

Wu, H.,  Fan, J., Qin, X., Mo, S., Hinestroza, J., Fabrication and characterization of a novel PP/PVA/Al hybrid layered assembly for high performance fibrous insulations (2008), Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 110,4,2525-2530

Talwar, S., Hinestroza, J. Pourdeyhimi, B., Khan, S., Associative Polymer Facilitated Electrospinning of Nanofibers (2008) Macromolecules, 41,12,4275-4283

Wang, D., Sun, G., Chiou, B-S, Hinestroza, J., Controllable Fabrication and Properties of Polypropylene Nanofibers, Polymer Eng. & Sci., 47,11, 1865-1872 (2007)

Bellan, L., Craighead, H., Hinestroza, J., Direct measurement of fluid velocity in an electrospinning jet using particle image velocimetry J. Appl. Phys. 102, 094308 (2007)

Hyde, G. K.; Park, K. J.; Stewart, S. M.; Hinestroza, J..; Parsons, G. N., Atomic Layer Deposition of Conformal Inorganic Nanoscale Coatings on Three-Dimensional Natural Fiber Systems: Effect of Surface Topology on Film Growth Characteristics (2007) Langmuir, 23,19, 9844 - 9849

Book Chapter: Hyde, G.K., Hinestroza, J. (2007) Multilayered films via Electrostatic Self-Assembly: A novel approach to fiber functionalization. In P. Brown(Ed), Handbook of Nanofibers and Nanotechnology in textiles.  Woodhead Publishing Limited. ISBN: 9781420044492

Book Chapter: Barrera, C., Rinaldi, C., Satcher, M., Hinestroza, J. Electrospun Nanofibers with Magnetic Domains for Smart Tagging of Textile Products, Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, Second Edition (2007); Taylor and Francis Publishing, ISBN: 9780849375637

Jasper, W., Moran, A., Hinestroza, J. Barker, R., (2006) Degradation Processes in Corona-Charged Electret Filter-Media with Exposure to Ethyl Benzene. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, 2,4, 19-24

Hyde, K. Dong, H., Hinestroza, J. Effect of surface cationization on the conformal deposition of polyelectrolytes over cotton fibers, (2007), Cellulose, 14, 6, 615-623

Kim, J., Jasper, W., Hinestroza, J. (2007) Probing Solvent-Induced Charge Degradation in Electret Fibers via Electrostatic Force Microscopy, Journal of Microscopy,20,1-8

Kim, J., Jasper, W. Hinestroza, J. (2006) Charge Characterization Of An Electrically Charged Fiber Via Electrostatic Force Microscopy. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, 1,2, 30-46

Jasper, W., Hinestroza, J., Mohan, A., Kim, J., Shiels, B., Gunay, M., Thompson, D., Barker, R. (2006) Effect of xylene exposure on the performance of electret filter media. Journal of Aerosol science, 47, 7, 903-911

Book Chapter: De Kee, D., Hinestroza, J., Liu, Q. (2005). Non-Fickian diffusion in systems with complex interfaces. In P. Chen (Ed.), Molecular interfacial phenomena of polymers and biopolymers. (pp. 23-36). Abington Hall, Abington, Cambridge, CB1 6AH, England : Woodhead Publishing Limited.

Hyde, K., Rusa, M., Hinestroza, J. (2005). Layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolyte nanolayers on natural fibres: cotton. Nanotechnology , 16 ,S422-S427.

Hinestroza, J., De Kee, D. (2004). Barrier properties of LLDPE geomembranes under mechanical deformation. Journal of Environmental Engineering , 12 (130) ,1468.

Puri, P. Hinestroza, J. De Kee, D. (2005). Transport of Small Molecules Through Mechanically Elongated Polymeric Membranes. Journal of Applied Polymer Science , 96 ,1200-1203.

Qian, L., & Hinestroza, J. (2004). Application of Nanotechnology for high performance textiles. Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management , 4 (4) 

Hinestroza, J., & Papadopoulos, K. (2003). Using Spreadsheets and Visual Basic Applications as Teaching Aids for a Unit Operations Course. Chemical Engineering Education , 37 (4) 

Hinestroza, J., & De Kee, D., & Pintauro, P. (2001). Apparatus for studying the effect of mechanical deformation on the permeation of organics through polymeric films. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research , 40 

Lambert, C., & Vincent, M., & Hinestroza, J., & Gonzales, R. (2000). Activity and selectivity of a Pd/g-Al2O3 catalytic membrane in the partial hydrogenation of acetylene. Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis , 130C 

De Kee, D., & Cham Man Fong, C.F., & Pintauro, P., & Hinestroza, J. (2000). Effect of temperature and elongation on the liquid diffusion and permeation characteristics of natural rubber, nitrile rubber, and bromobutyl rubber. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 78, 1250-1255