Emmanuel P. Giannelis

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Emmanuel Giannelis

Emmanuel Giannelis serves as Vice President for Research and Innovation. He leads the Research Division on the Ithaca Campus and, across all Cornell campuses, is responsible for technology transfer, intellectual property, and research policy. In this dual role, he reports to the Provost and to the President.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) enables and advances Cornell research priorities, including research activities of Cornell colleges, schools, and research centers, institutes, and laboratories. The OVPRI 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 university-wide role, Giannelis, along with Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) and the Office of Corporate Engagement (OCE), champions innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization. The OVPRI, CTL, and OCE support researchers and entrepreneurs to translate scientific discoveries, technological innovations, medical advances, and new products to the marketplace. The goal is to accelerate the impact of research to society, 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.

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.