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Advincula elected National Academy of Inventors fellow

Rigoberto “Gobet” Advincula, a macromolecular nanomaterials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Rigoberto Advincula is a UT-ORNL Governor's Chair and leads the lab's Macromolecular Nanomaterials group. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Rigoberto “Gobet” Advincula, a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a 2023 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI.

Advincula has been recognized for his 14 patents and 21 published filings related to nanomaterials, smart coatings and films, solid-state device fabrication and chemical additives. His patents have potential for contributing to health and safety, resurgence in U.S. manufacturing leadership and more efficient fossil-fuel energy generation.

Advincula is a University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor of Advanced and Nanostructured Materials, serving in the Tickle College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He also leads ORNL’s Macromolecular Nanomaterials group at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science user facility that specializes in the conception and design of new nanomaterials. 

At ORNL and UT Knoxville, Advincula focuses on leading and building research programs related to additive manufacturing and application of artificial intelligence in process optimization. He is passionate about mentoring STEM students and the next generation of scientists, providing them with research environments that foster innovation.

The NAI promotes inventors with patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to enhance the visibility of innovative technologies and provide a wider public understanding of how its members’ inventions benefit society. NAI Fellow status is nationally recognized as the highest professional distinction awarded to inventors.

In addition to NAI, Advincula is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry, received the 2023 Netzsch North American Thermal Analysis Society Fellows Award and is a foreign member of the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology.

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