Juan Hinestroza
Assistant Professor

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities

Professor Hinestroza is an active member of The American Chemical Society. Professor Hinestroza is currently a member-at-large of the Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials and he has been the organizer for the Cellulose-Based and Other Green Composites Symposium since 2006.  

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 is divided into three main thrusts: 

1. Modification of existing textile materials using self-assembly and self-limiting deposition techniques to create novel and customizable surfaces on conventional textile substrates.

2. Creation of fibers from polymers that do not usually make fibers using directed and external electrical and magnetic fields

3. Development of mathematical models and metrology tools based on scanning probe microscopy to assess nanoscale phenomena on low energy surfaces and high radius of curvature.

Current Extension Activities


Biographical Statement
Detailed information about Professor Hinestroza and his research group is available at: http://nanotextiles.human.cornell.edu/

Juan P. Hinestroza is an Assistant Professor of Fiber Science and directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
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 in his native Colombia. 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 5.3 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 also 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.

Professor Hinestroza’s scientific work has been featured in Nature Nanotechnology, MRS Bulletin , Materials Today, C&E News, Natural Geographic, Wired, ASEE Prism as well as in mainstream media outlets such as CNN, Popular Science, ABC News, 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.

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University 2002
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander 1995

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

Nanotextiles, nanoparticles, nanofibers, textiles nanotechnology

Courses, Websites, Pubs

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

Related Websites

Selected Publications
A. Gomez, A. Avila, Hinestroza, J.,  Surface charge estimation on hemispherical dielectric samples from EFM force gradient measurements, Journal of Electrostatics (2010), 68,1, 79-84

Zhang, X., Zheng N., Zou, P., Zhu, H., Hinestroza, J., Rosania, G., Cells on Pores: A Simulation-Driven Analysis of Transcellular Small Molecule Transport, Molecular Pharmaceutics (2009) ASAP DOI: 10.1021/mp9001969

Book Chapter: Song,J., Li, Y., Hinestroza, J., Rojas, O., (2009) Tools to Probe Nanoscale Surface Phenomena in Cellulose Thin Films: Applications in the Area of Adsorption and Friction. In Lucia, L. and Rojas, O.  Eds, The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, LLC. 978-1-4051-6786-4

Kim, J.,  Montero, G., Habibi, Y., Hinestroza, J., Genzer, J.,  Argyropoulos, D.,Rojas, O.,  Dispersion of cellulose crystallites by nonionic surfactants in a hydrophobic polymer matrix. Polymer Engineering & Science (2009), 49(10), 2054-2061.

Dong, H., Hinestroza, J., Metal Nanoparticles on Natural Cellulose Fibers: Electrostatic Assembly and In Situ Synthesis, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, (2009), 1 (4), pp 797–803

Song, J., Li., Y., Hinestroza, J., Rojas, O., (2009) Tools to Probe Nanoscale Surface Phenomena in Cellulose Thin Films: Applications in the Area of Adsorption and Friction. In O. Rojas and L. Lucia Eds., The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Company, ISBN: 978-1405167864

Song, J., Liang, J., Liu, X., Krause, W., Hinestroza, J., Rojas, O., Development and Characterization of Thin Polymer Films Relevant to Fiber Processing, Thin Solid Films (2009) , 517, 4348–4354

Zhu, H., Hinestroza, J., Collection Efficiency for Filters with Staggered Parallel Y and Triple Y Fibers: A Numerical Study (2009), Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, 4,1,16-25

Kim, J., Hinestroza, J., Jasper, W., Barker, R., Effect of Solvent Exposure on the Filtration Performance of Electrostatically Charged Polypropylene Filter Media (2009), Textile Research Journal, 79, 4, 343-350

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