Juan Hinestroza
Juan Hinestroza
Rebecca Q Morgan '60 Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Human Centered 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 inventor of more than 33 granted international patents; author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters; and co-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 Fortune50 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.

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

100 Tokuda, T.; Tsuruda, R.; Hara, T.; Kobayashi, H.; Tanaka, K.; Takarada, W.; Kikutani, T.; Hinestroza, J.P.; Razal, J.M.; Takasaki, M. Planar or Biaxial Stretching of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Fiber Webs Prepared by Laser-Electrospinning. Materials (2022), 15, 6, 2209.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15062209

99 Promphet, N., Thanawattano, C., Buekban, C., Laochai, T., Rattanawaleedirojn, P., Siralertmukul, K., Potiyaraj, P., Hinestroza, J. P., Rodthongkum, N., Thread-Based Wristwatch Sensing Device for Noninvasive and Simultaneous Detection of Glucose and Lactate. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2022, 2101684. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202101684

98 Otal, EH, Kim, ML., Hattori, Y., Kitazawa, Y., Hinestroza, JP.,Kimura, M.., Versatile Covalent Postsynthetic Modification of Metal Organic Frameworks via Thermal Condensation for Fluoride Sensing in Waters, Bioengineering  (2021) 8912), 196 doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering8120196

97 Liu, S., Guo, J., Hinestroza, JP., Kong, X., Yu, Q., Fabrication of plasmonic absorbent cotton as a SERS substrate for adsorption and detection of harmful ingredients in food, Microchemical Journal (2021) 170, doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2021.106662

96 Otal, E., Kim, M., Hinestroza, JP., Kimura, M., A Solid-State Pathway towards the Tunable Carboxylation of Cellulosic Fabrics: Controlling the Surface’s Acidity, Membranes 2021, 11(7), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes11070514

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 (2021), 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

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.

Senator, Cornell University's Faculty Senate

Chairman of the Academic Integrity Committee , Cornell's College of Human Ecology

2002, Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University

1995, B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander

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