Anil Netravali

Anil Netravali has been a professor of Fiber Science at Cornell University since 1987, where he studies Fiber Reinforced Composites. Netravali’s research aims to develop fully sustainable and biodegradable, environment-friendly Green Polymers/resins and Composites that can be used in place of petroleum-based conventional ones. In the past few years, his research group has made significant strides in developing plant-based green resins and composites, such as soy protein and starch, with excellent mechanical and physical properties. Netravali also studies the fiber/resin interface, particularly in using various techniques to modify high-strength fiber surfaces to control their adhesion to resins and thus the properties of composites. He is working with Prof. Yong Joo at Cornell to develop nano-fiber based Green HEPA-air-filters that can be composted at the end of their life. He is also working with Prof. Juan Hinestroza and several universities across Latin America to explore the use of cellulosic and lignocellulosic substrates from the Amazon Basin. Previously, Netravali worked in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell, after obtaining a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 1984.

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PopTech Network and new Low-Impact Materials

PopTech Network and new Low-Impact Materials

Last week, PopTech convened a PopTech Lab at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in the New Research Building of Harvard Medical School in Boston. The three day PopTech Ecomaterials Innovation Lab kicked off our long-term commitment to fostering breakthroughs in next-generation, ‘ultra-green’ ecological materials and industrial processes, and discerning new pathways to

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