John Dutcher

Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2013-11-01
University of Guelph
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

519-824-4120 ext. 53950

Research involves

Studying the properties of nanostructured soft matter and biological materials.

Research relevance

This research will lead to improvements in industrial and biomedical materials and products, and will lead to the discovery and development of new bio-based materials.

Finding New Uses for Soft Matter

Nature offers many examples of unique materials and structures that result from the delicate balance of interactions between biomolecules. For example, bacteria are the source of many amazing materials—such as superglues, strong polymer networks, protein filaments, and hydrogels—with structures so unique that we can only hope to emulate them in the laboratory.

Biological and soft materials have a wide range of important applications in areas ranging from sustainable energy to medical diagnosis and treatment. They also play a critical role in the ongoing search to find new uses for existing materials.

Dr. John Dutcher, Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter and Biological Physics, is applying a wide range of specialized experimental techniques and physics-based strategies, in order to understand the underlying structures and mechanisms of action of these fascinating materials.

Dutcher’s research will provide new insights into the underlying physical, chemical and biological properties of soft matter and biological materials, and will lead to new uses for these materials.