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Emmanuel P. Giannelis

Vice Provost for Research/Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy

Emmanuel Giannelis serves as Vice Provost for Research and Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy. As Vice Provost for Research, reporting to the Provost, he leads the Research Division on the Ithaca campus. As Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy, reporting to the President, he is responsible for technology transfer, intellectual property, and research policy across all Cornell campuses.

Emmanuel Giannelis
Emmanuel Giannelis

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) enables and advances Cornell research priorities, including research activities of Cornell colleges, schools, and research centers, institutes, and laboratories. The office advocates for researchers within the university, working with external agencies, sponsors, and government representatives; supports specialized research facilities and services for researchers; provides campus-wide research administrative support services; and facilitates major interdisciplinary research initiatives.

In his role as Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy, Giannelis, along with Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL), champions entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, supporting researchers and entrepreneurs as they bring scientific discoveries, technological innovations, medical advances, and new products to the marketplace for societal benefit to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation and to further Cornell’s land grant mission.

Giannelis joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell in 1987, where he is currently the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering. He received a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Athens (Greece) in 1980 and a PhD in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1985. His recent research focus is on design and application of nanomaterials for energy, biomedicine, and the environment. His research group is internationally recognized as one of the leading groups in nanocomposites.

Giannelis is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Chemical Society, and a fellow of the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society. He received the Cooperative Research Award from the American Chemical Society in 2014. He was awarded a Doctorat Honoris Causa (honorary PhD) in July 2017 from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, Université de Lyon.