May 11, 2010

Midwest Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop


Anil N.Netravali

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Keynote Address - Green Composites: Where Are We Now and Where We Are Headed


Professor Anil N. Netravali received his Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University in 1984. Following his Ph.D. he came to Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In 1985 he became a Research Associate in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. In 1987 he joined the Dept. of Fiber Science and Apparel Design as an Assistant Professor of Fiber Science and was promoted to Professor in 1999. He is also a faculty member at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM) in Manaus, Brazil and a Visiting Professor at Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan. He is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of four international research journals. In 2006 his research was nominated for the “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.”
Professor Netravali’s research focuses on the development of Green Composites and other green materials that are fully sustainable and environment-friendly. Green composites are made using yearly renewable plant-based resins such as soy protein and starches and fibers such as jute, kenaf, and ramie. At the end of their life, instead of ending up in the landfills like most conventional petroleum-based composites, green composites can be easily composted. His research group has developed Advanced Green Composites that may be used in structural and ballistic applications. His current research areas include bacterial cellulose-based composites, plant-based resins and fibers for soil stabilization, plant protection and erosion control and green nanofibers for ultrafiltration. He has published and lectured extensively.


Anil Neravali

Anil Netravali

Professor, Fiber Science Program

Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design

Cornell University

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