Juan Hinestroza
Rebecca Q Morgan '60 Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Fiber Science & Apparel Design

135 Human Ecology Building (HEB)




Juan P. Hinestroza, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a PMP®, is the Rebecca Q. Morgan '60 Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, and directs The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University 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 31 granted international patents; an author of over 97 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters; and editor of a seminal 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.

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.

95   Gabardo,RS., De Carvalho, DS., Lis, MJ., Pereira, M., Martins, BT., Samulewski, RB., Hinestroza, JP., Maesta-Becerra, F,  Surface Modification of Polyester Fabrics by Ozone and Its Effect on Coloration Using Disperse Dyes, Materials,  (2021),14 (13) 3492 /doi.org/10.3390/ma14133492
94   Kim, ML, Barrera,D.,  Kimura, M., Hinestroza, JP., Sapag, K., Otal, E., Effect of the Ethanol/BTC ratio on the methane uptake of mechanochemically synthesized MOF?199, Chemistry-An Asian Journal (2021) doi.org/10.1002/asia.202001344
93   Otal, E., Tanaka, H.,  Kim, ML., Hinestroza, JP., Kimura, M., The long and bright path of a lanthanide MOF: from the basics towards the application., Chemistry-A European Journal (2021) doi.org/10.1002/chem.202005222
92   Geremias, T., Batistella, M., Magini,R., Guelli U, S., Franco,C., Barbosa, L.,Pereira, U.,  Hinestroza, JP., Pimenta, A., Ulson de Souza, A., Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, doi.org/10.1002/cjce.24115
91   Schelling M., Kim, M, Otal, E., Aguirre, M., Hinestroza, JP., Synthesis of a Zinc-Imidazole Metal-Organic Framework (ZIF-8) using ZnO rods grown on cotton fabrics as precursors: Arsenate absorption Studies, Cellulose (2020), 27, 6399-6410
90   Tokuda, T.; Tsuruda, R.; Hara, T.; Kobayashi, H.; Tanaka, K.; Takarada, W.; Kikutani, T.; Hinestroza, J.P.; Razal, J.M.; Takasaki, M. Structure and Properties of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Fiber Webs Prepared via Laser-Electrospinning and Subsequent Annealing processes. Materials (2020), 13, 5783. 
89   Ovalle-Serrano, S., Diaz-Serrano, L., Hong, C., Hinestroza, JP., Blanco-Tirado, C., Combariza, M., Synthesis of cellulose nanofiber hydrogels from fique tow and Ag nanoparticles, Cellulose (2020) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-020-03527-6 
88   Sierra, C. Perez, L. Garzon, A. Sinuco, D., Hinestroza, JP.,  Detection of Antipersonnel Landmines Containing ANFO-Based Explosive: A Review . Rev. Colomb. Quim. (2020) 49, 47-57.
87   Schelling, M., Otal, E..  Kim, M.,  Hinestroza, J.P. Conformal Functionalization of Cotton Fibers via Isoreticular Expansion of UiO-66 Metal-Organic Frameworks. Coatings (2020, 10, 1172)
86   Patiño-Ruiz, D., Sánchez-Botero, L., Tejeda-Benitez, L., Hinestroza, JP, Herrera, A., Green synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles using Cymbopogon citratus extract and sodium carbonate salt: Nanotoxicological considerations for potential environmental applications, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management (2020), 14, 100377
85   Promphet, N., Hinestroza, JP,  Rattanawaleedirojn, P., Soatthiyanon, N., Siralertmukul, K., , Potiyaraj, P.,Rodthongkum, N. Cotton thread-based wearable sensor for non-invasive simultaneous diagnosis of diabetes and kidney failure, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (2020), 321, 128549
84   Zhang, Y.,  Remadevi, R.,  Hinestroza, JP.,  Wang, X.,  Naebe, M. Transparent Ultraviolet (UV)-Shielding Films Made from Waste Hemp Hurd and Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA). Polymers (2020), 12, 1190
83   Chae, Y., Hinestroza, JP., Building Circular Economy for Smart Textiles, Smart Clothing, and Future Wearables, Materials Circular Economy (2020), 2, 2, DOI: 10.1007/s42824-020-00002-2
82   Heinzel, T., Hinestroza, JP,  Revolutionary textiles: a philosophical inquiry on electronic and reactive textiles, Design Issues (2020), 36.1, 45-58  
81   Kim. M., Otal, E., Hinestroza, JP., Cellulose meets reticular chemistry: interactions between cellulosic substrates and metal–organic frameworks, Cellulose (2019), 1-15
80   Promphet, N., Rattanawaleedirojn, P., Siralertmukul, K., Soatthiyanon, N., Potiyaraj, P., Thanawattano, C., Hinestroza, JP, Rodthongkum, N. Non-invasive textile based colorimetric sensor for the simultaneous detection of sweat pH and lactate, Talanta (2019), 15, 192, 424-430
79   Sanchez-Botero, L,  Dimov, AV, Li, R., Smilgies, DM, Hinestroza, JP, In Situ and Real-Time Studies, via Synchrotron X-ray Scattering, of the Orientational Order of Cellulose Nanocrystals during Solution Shearing , Langmuir (2018) 34 (18), 5263-5272
78   Yu,Q.,  Kong, X., Ma, Y.,  Wang, R., Liu,Q., Hinestroza,JP, Wang, AX, Vuorinen, T. Multi-functional regenerated cellulose fibers decorated with plasmonic Au nanoparticles for colorimetry and SERS assays, Cellulose (2018).  25, 10, 6041-6053
77   Rojas, S., Duarte, D., Mosquera, S., Salcedo, F., Hinestroza, JP, Husserl, J., Enhanced biosorption of Cr(VI) using cotton fibers coated with chitosan – role of ester bonds, Water Science & Technology (2018), DOI: 10.2166/wst.2018.284
76   Patino-Ruiz, D., Sanchez-Botero, L., Hinestroza, JP., Herrera, A., Modification of Cotton Fibers with Magnetite and Magnetic Core?Shell Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles, Physica Status Solidi (a) (2018). DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201800266
75   Schelling, M., Otal. E., Kim, M., Hinestroza, JP., Decomposition of acetaminophen using a natural cellulosic substrate decorated with a water-stable metal-organic framework, Bioengineering (2018), 5,1,1-14
74   Morales-Luckie, R., Gama-Lara, SA., Garcia-Orozco, I., Hinestroza, JP., Argueta-Figueroa, L., Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Activity of Platinum Nanoparticles on Bovine Bone Powder - A novel support, Journal of Nanomaterials (2018) doi:10.1155/2018/6482186
73   Zhu, L., Wang, X., Hinestroza, JP, Naebe, M., Determination of the porosity in a bifacial fabric using micro-computed tomography and three-dimensional reconstruction, Textile Research Journal (2018) 88, 11,1263-1277  
72   Sanchez-Botero, L. Herrera, AP., Hinestroza, JP., Oriented Growth of α-MnO2 Nanorods Using Natural Extracts from Grape Stems and Apple Peels, Nanomaterials (2017), 7,5, 117
71   Cherukupally,P., Acosta,EJ., Hinestroza, JP., Bilton, AM., Park, CB., Acid–Base Polymeric Foams for the Adsorption of Micro-oil Droplets from Industrial Effluents, Environmental Science & Technology (2017), 51,15, 8552-8560
70   Carreño, A., Schott, E., Zarate, X., Manriquez, JM., Vega, JC., Mardones, M., Cowley, AH., Chavez,I., Hinestroza, JP., Arratia-Perez, R. DFT studies on coordination models for adsorption essays of Cu (II) and Ni (II) solutions in modified silica gel with iminodiacetic groups, Chemical Papers (2017), 6,1,1-12
69   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
68   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
67   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
66   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
65   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
64   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
63   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
62   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
61   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
60   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
59   Ozer, R., Hinestroza, JP., One-step growth of isoreticular luminescent metal-organic frameworks on cotton fibers,  RSC Advances (2015), 5 ,20, 15198-15204.
58   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
57   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
56   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
55   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
54   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. 
53   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
52   Song, J., Wang, C., Hinestroza,JP.,  Electrostatic assembly of core-corona silica nanoparticles onto cotton fibers, Cellulose (2013), 20,4, 1727-1736
51   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.
50   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

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 Project Management Institute, The Society of Materials Research MRS, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers AICHE, The Fiber Society and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers SHPE.

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

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

Professor Hinestroza is a Senator at the Cornell University's Faculty Senate, and the Chairman of the Academic Integrity Commmitee at Cornell's College of Human Ecology. 

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