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PAL Group

PAL Group collaborates across disciplines to tackle grand challenges at the intersection of Sustainability, Human Health, Smart Manufacturing and AI.


Dr. Lokendra Pal is an EJ Woody Rice Professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pal has over 23 years of global experience in the research and technological advancement of bio-based materials and professional experience in managing and collaborating with industrial partners worldwide. Before joining NC State University, he spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard Company. Pal received a Ph.D. in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt and Quality System Assessment (QSA) Auditor.

Future Biomaterials graphic - Lokendra Pal - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Dr. Pal has filed 48 patent applications and been granted 24 patents. He was named NC State Faculty Scholar in 2021 for his outstanding contribution to research, excellence in teaching and student mentoring, and leadership in professional societies. He received the University Outstanding Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022.

He teaches two courses on advanced process tools for manufacturing and a hands-on course on paper process analysis utilizing the paper pilot plant. He is the director of NCSU’s Paper Pilot Plant-Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (P3-SMIC), which is supported by the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). His team leverages a pilot paper machine and a high-speed creping simulator at NCSU. He is the co-founder of Tissue Pack Innovation Lab (TPIL).

PAL research group is focused on sustainable materials research and advanced manufacturing innovation by employing green and sustainable chemistry and engineering and artificial intelligence/machine learning to deliver top-class hygiene, smart packaging, and flexible electronics/3D printable materials and products that benefit society as well as the environment.

Pal is highly engaged in professional services to several organizations, including ACS, TAPPI, AIChE, AIMCAL, and has been active as a speaker, instructor, officer, committee chair, and member. He was named TAPPI Fellow in 2021 for the recognition of his meritorious service to the industry and Association.

Contact Information

Dr. Lokendra Pal, EJ Woody Rice Associate Professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering, Department of Forest Biomaterials, NC State, Raleigh, NC 27695. Ph: +1(919) 513 6622, Email: