Juan Hinestroza


Juan Hinestroza

Associate Professor of Fiber Science & Director of Undergraduate Studies
135 Human Ecology Building (HEB)
Phone: 607-255-7600 Fax: 607-255-1093
Email: jh433
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

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

Juan P. Hinestroza, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, is a tenured Associate 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. 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 7.1 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 NYSTAR and the Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers as well as Humanitarian Award from the National Textile Center.  Professor Hinestroza has delivered invited lectures worldwide at Universities and Research Centers in Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, The Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina, Hungary, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, France, Singapore, Thailand, Chile, Portugal, Guatemala, Honduras, Morocco, Australia, Romania, Peru, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, India, United Kingdom, Turkey and Germany. In addition, Professor Hinestroza received visiting scientist fellowships from The Chubu Foundation for Science and Technology of Japan, The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development in Brazil and The Swiss National Science Foundation.

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, NYTimes, 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

Current Professional Activities:

Professor Hinestroza is a member of the Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials of the American Chemical Society. Hinestroza is also a member of the Society of Materials Research MRS, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers AICHE, The Fiber Society and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers SHPE.

Current Research Activities:

The main focus of the Hinestroza Research Group is to explore the interface between the technologically established and mature field of textile science with the emerging and revolutionary field of nanoscale science. The field of textiles was the first beneficiary of the scientific developments from the 18th century's industrial revolution while the nanotechnology revolution emerged the end of the 20th century. Our research group aims at merging two hundred years of innovation history.

We believe that this unusual combination, between an established and an emerging scientific field, can provide unique scientific platforms that take advantage of the ability of nanoscale science for controlling the synthesis of materials  with the time-tested capabilities of textile and fiber manufacturing.

In order to explore and understand nanoscale phenomena of relevance to fiber science we decided to pursue a three-pronged approach: The first branch is  aimed at modifying the properties of existing textile products, specifically natural fibers, using nanomaterials. The second approach is aimed at creating novel nanofiber based materials by taking advantage of unique self and directed assembly phenomena. The third effort is aimed at developing metrology and computer simulation tools to better understand traditional issues in textile processing such as friction and electrostatic charging whose influence is magnified at the nanoscale.

These three efforts are highly complementary and when combined they are expected to provide a more comprehensive understanding of nanoscale phenomena relevant fiber science.


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

Courses Taught:

FSAD 4660 : Textiles Apparel Innovation
FSAD 3000 : Introduction to Fiber Science & Apparel Design Research
FSAD 6160 : Rheology of Solids
FSAD 6390 : Mechanics of Fibrous Systems

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Administrative Responsibilities:

Professor Hinestroza serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design.  Hinestroza is also a Cornell University Faculty Senator and a member of the grievance committee of Cornell's College of Human Ecology. 

Selected Publications:


Peer Reviewed Publications 

  1. Alzate-Sanchez, D.M., Smith, Brian J., Alsbaiee, A., Hinestroza, JP., Dichtel, W., Cotton Fabric Functionalized with a β-Cyclodextrin Polymer Captures Organic Pollutants from Contaminated Air and Water, Chemistry of Materials (2016) 28 (22), 8340-8346
  2. Otal, E., Kim, ML., Calvo, ME., Karvonen,L., Fabregas, IO., Sierra, CA., Hinestroza, JP., A panchromatic modification of Metal-Organic Frameworks’ light absorption spectra. Chemical Communications (2016) 52 (40), 6665-6668
  3. Ospina-Orejarena, A., Vera-Graziano, R., Castillo-Ortega, M, Hinestroza,JP.,  Rodriguez-Gonzalez, M., Palomares-Aguilera,L.,  Morales-Motezuma, M.,  Maciel-Cerda, A., Grafting Collagen on Poly (Lactic Acid) by a Simple Route to Produce Electrospun Scaffolds, and Their Cell Adhesion Evaluation  Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, (2016) 13 (4), 375-387
  4. Morales-Luckie, R., Lopezfuentes-Ruiz, AA., Olea-Mejía, O., Argueta-Figueroa,  L., Sanchez-Mendieta, V., Brostow, W., Hinestroza, JP. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using aqueous extracts of Heterotheca inuloides as reducing agent and natural fibers as templates: Agave lechuguilla and silk, Materials Science and Engineering: C (2016), 60, 429-436
  5. Yetisen, A., Qu, H., Manbachi, A., Butt, H., Dokmeci, M., Hinestroza, JP., Skorobogatiy, M., Khademhosseini, A., Yun, SH, ACS Nano (2016), 10,3, 3042-3068
  6. Agudelo, N., Hinestroza, JP., Husserl, J., Removal of sodium and chloride ions from aqueous solutions using fique fibers (Furcraea spp.), Water Science & Technology (2016), 73,5,1197-11201
  7. Casanas Pimentel, RG., Robles Botero, V., San Martin Martinez, E., Gomez Garcia, C., Hinestroza, JP., Soybean agglutinin-conjugated silver nanoparticles nanocarriers for the treatment of breast cancer cells Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition (2016), 27,3, 218-234
  8. Kimura, M., Shinohara, Y., Takizawa, J., Ren, S., Sagisaka, K., Lin, Y., Hattori, Y., Hinestroza, JP., Versatile Molding Process for Tough Cellulose Hydrogel Materials, Scientific Reports (2015), 5, 16266 1-8
  9. Kong, XM, Reza, M., Ma, Y., Hinestroza, JP, Ahvenniemi, E., Vuorinen, T., Assembly of metal nanoparticles on regenerated fibers from wood sawdust and de-inked pulp: flexible substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications., Cellulose (2015) , 22(6) 3645-3655
  10. Ovalle-Serrano, S., Carrillo, V., Blanco-Tirado, C., Hinestroza, JP., Combariza, M.Y., Controlled synthesis of ZnO particles on the surface of natural cellulosic fibers: effect of concentration, heating and sonication., Cellulose (2015), 19(6) 1933-1943
  11. Ozer, R., Hinestroza, JP., One-step growth of isoreticular luminescent metal-organic frameworks on cotton fibers,  RSC Advances (2015), 5 ,20, 15198-15204.
  12. Rodriguez, H., Hinestroza, JP., Ochoa-Puentes, C., Sierra, C. Soto, C. Antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli of Cu?BTC (MOF?199) metal?organic framework immobilized onto cellulosic fibers Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2014), 131,19, 40815-40820
  13. Zhukovskyi, M., Sanchez-Botero,LM,  McDonald, MP,  Hinestroza, JP.,  Kuno, M. Nanowire-functionalized cotton textiles, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2014), 6, 4, 2262-2269
  14. Lange,L., Ochanda, F., Obendorf, SK, Hinestroza, JP., CuBTC Metal-organic Frameworks Enmeshed in Polyacrylonitrile Fibrous Membrane Remove Methyl Parathion from Solutions Fibers and Polymers (2014), 15,2, 200-207
  15. Luz, Priscilla, Silva, M., Hinestroza, JP., Curcumin-Loaded Biodegradable Electrospun Fibers: Preparation, Characterization and Differences on the Fibers Morphology, International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization (2013), 18-7, 534-544
  16. Chacon-Patino, M., Blanco-Tirado, C., Hinestroza, JP., Combariza, MY., Biocomposite of  nanostructured MnO2 and Fique fibers for efficient dye degradation Green Chemistry (2013), 15, 2920-2928.
  17. Alzate-Sanchez, D., Hinestroza, JP., Rodríguez, R., Sierra-Avila, C., Synthesis of the novel (E,E)-2,5-dimethoxy-1,4-bis[2-(4-ethylcarboxilatestyril)] benzene by the Heck reaction, Synthetic Communications (2013), 43,17,2280-2285
  18. Song, J., Wang, C., Hinestroza,JP.,  Electrostatic assembly of core-corona silica nanoparticles onto cotton fibers, Cellulose (2013), 20,4, 1727-1736
  19. Nolasco-Arizmendi, V., Morales-Luckie,R., Sánchez-Mendieta, V., Hinestroza, JP., Castro-Longoria, E., Vilchis-Nestor, AR, Formation of silk-gold nanocomposite fabric using grapefruit aqueous extract,  Textile Research Journal (2013), 83, 12, 1229-1235.
  20. Xiang, C., Taylor, A., Hinestroza, JP, Frey MW., Controlled release of nonionic compounds from poly(lactic acid)/cellulose nanocrystal  nanocomposite fibers, Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2013), 127,1, 79-86
  21. Jiri, C. , Hinestroza JP., Lukas, D., Production of Poly(vinylalcohol) Nanoyarns Using a Special Saw-like Collector, Fibers & Textiles of Eastern Europe (2013), 2,98,28-31
  22. Bonilla, R., Montenegro,C.,  Ávila, A., Hinestroza,JP., Direct observation of spatial distribution of charge of an electret polypropylene fiber using Electrostatic Force Microscopy, Journal of Microscopy (2012), 248, 3, 266-270
  23. Mendoza-Bello, S., Morales-Luckie, RA., Flores-Santos, L., Hinestroza, JP., Sanchez-Mendieta, V., Size-controlled synthesis of Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto zeolite by means of a modified activated-coprecipitation method: effect of theHCl concentration during the activation, Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2012),14,11, 1242-1251
  24. Park, G., Jung, YL, Lee, GW, Hinestroza, JP., Jeong, Y., Carbon Nanotube/Poly(vinyl alcohol) Fibers with a Sheath-core Structure Prepared by Wet Spinning, Fibers and Polymers (2012), 13,7,874-879
  25. Castellanos, L., Blanco-Tirado C., Hinestroza, JP., Combariza, M.Y., In-situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles using Fique natural fibers as template, Cellulose (2012), 19,6,1933-1943
  26. Becerril-Juárez, I., Morales-Luckie, R., Ureña-Nuñez, F., Arenas-Alatorre, J., Hinestroza, JP., Sánchez-Mendieta, V., Silver micro-, submicro- and nano-crystals using bovine bone as template. Formation of a silver/bovine bone composite (2012), Materials Letters, 85, 157-160
  27. Silva da Pinto, M., Sierra-Avila, C., Hinestroza, JP., In situ synthesis of a Cu-BTC metal–organic framework (MOF 199) onto cellulosic fibrous substrates: cotton, (2012), Cellulose, 19,5, 1771-1779
  28. Gangadharan, S., Kuznetsov, A., Zhu, H., Hinestroza, JP., Jasper, W.,  Modeling of Cross-Flow Across an Electrostatically Charged Monolith Filter, Particulate Science and Technology, (2012), 30, 5, 461-473
  29. Barrera C, Herrera AP, Bezares N, Fachini E, Olayo-Valles R, Hinestroza JP, Rinaldi C., Effect of poly(ethylene oxide)-silane graft molecular weight on the colloidal properties of iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications, J Colloid Interface Science (2012), 377, 40-50
  30. Dabirian, F.,  Hosseini, S.A., Hinestroza, JP,  Abuzade, RA.,  Conformal coating of yarns and wires with electrospun Nanofibers, Polymer Engineering and Science (2012), 52,8, 1724-1732
  31. Y. Li, Rojas, OJ, Hinestroza, JP., Boundary Lubrication of PEO-PPO-PEO Triblock Copolymer Physisorbed on Polypropylene, Polyethylene, and Cellulose Surfaces, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (2012), 51 ,7, 2931–2940
  32. Song, J., Birbach, N., Hinestroza, JP., Deposition of silver nanoparticles on cellulosic fibers via stabilization of carboxymethyl groups, Cellulose, (2012), 19, 2, 411-424
  33. Yu J-Y, Zheng N, Mane G, Min KA, Hinestroza JP, Zhu, H., Stringer, K., Rosania, G.,  A Cell-based Computational Modeling Approach for Developing Site-Directed Molecular Probes. PLoS Comput Biol (2012), 8,2: e1002378.



  1. US 9,494,865 B2 Microscopically structured polymer monoliths and fabrication methods, Hinestroza, J., Zhu Huaning (Issued Nov 15, 2016)
  2. CN 103338858 B  Metal organic framework modified materials, methods of making and methods of using same, Da Silva Pinto, M., Sierra, C., Hinestroza, J. (Issued Feb 10, 2016)
  3. US 9,186,651 B2  Metal organic framework modified materials, methods of making and methods of using same, Da Silva Pinto, M., Sierra, C., Hinestroza, J. (Issued Nov 17, 2015)
  4. US 8,491,668 B2 Conformal Particle Coatings on Fibrous Materials, Hinestroza, J., Dong, H. (Issued: March 25, 2014)
  5. US 8,679,197 B2 - Conformal Particle Coatings on Fibrous Materials, Hinestroza, J., Dong, H. (Issued: July 23, 2013)


Books edited

  1.  Hinestroza, J., Netravali, A., (2014) Cellulose Based Composites, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co ISBN 978-3-527-32719-5

Selected Keywords:
Nanotextiles, nanoparticles, nanofibers, textiles nanotechnology, metal organic frameworks, filtration, bicomponent fibers, smart textiles

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