Dr. Lokendra Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pal has over 14 years of industrial experience in the research and production of paper-based materials and professional experience in managing and collaborating with industrial partners worldwide. Before joining NC State, Dr. Pal spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard Company leading new product research and development programs.
Dr. Pal has filed 32 patent applications and been granted 21 patents. 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.
His research mainly focuses on the development of novel bioproducts (such as antimicrobial tissue, fast dissolving towels, nanocellulose/nanolignin-based packaging, barrier coatings and composites, printed electronics/3D printing of biomaterials) that benefits the society as well as the environment. Dr. Pal co-founded the Tissue Pack Innovation Lab (TPIL) at NCSU with the mission of research, training, and technical services to serve the tissue industry.