Cornell professor to talk on the fashionable side of nanotechnology

Published: Jan 26, 2011 10:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447


Juan P. Hinestroza, assistant professor of fiber science in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and director of the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory, will present, “Can Nanotechnology Be Fashionable?” on Tuesday, February 1, at 2 p.m. in 104 Textile Engineering building. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering as part of the Samuel Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series. 

While fiber scientists see textiles as workable media, with the potential to be more than just pleasing to the eye, fashion designers consider them works of art. Hinestroza will discuss how the manipulation of nanoscale phenomena to create synergies between natural fibers and nanomoieties could offer a solution by creating functionality while preserving appearance and comfort. Potential uses include clothing with improved water protection and breathability, as well as flexible electronics. 

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Hinestroza’s research has been featured in publications, such as Nature Nanotechnology, MRS Bulletin, Materials Today, C&E News, Natural Geographic, Wired and ASEE Prism, as well as in mainstream media outlets, such as CNN, Popular Science, ABC News, PBS, NPR and BBC. 

Hinestroza earned his bachelor's in chemical engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia, and doctorate degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Tulane University. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Hinestroza worked as a process control engineer for Dow Chemical Company. 

The Samuel Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series was founded in 2005 to bring distinguished leaders from academic and business communities to Auburn University's campus to interact with faculty and students. The lectures cover subjects such as engineering, education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, as well as engineering and business leadership. 

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