PAL Research Group collaborates across disciplines to tackle grand challenges at the intersection of Sustainability, Human Health, and Industry 4.0.

Dr. Lokendra Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pal brings over 19 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.

Dr. Pal has filed 38 patent applications and been granted 23 patents. Before joining NC State, Dr. Pal spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard in the Media Supplies and Solutions group leading new product development and cost reduction programs.

He obtained his 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.

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 the development of sustainable and functional bioproducts through green chemistry and advanced manufacturing of biomaterials to deliver top-class hygiene, smart packaging, and flexible electronics/3D materials and products that benefit society as well as the environment.

Contact Information:

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