Welcome to Professor Johan Foster

The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Johan Foster has joined UBC’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, relocating his internationally regarded research program to UBC starting in March 2020. Johan joins us as a Canfor-supported Chair from his recent position as an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Professor Foster’s research currently focuses on structuration, functionalization and fundamental aspects of reinforcement and deformation in polymers and bio-products, and the application of that science to engineering of novel implantable materials and lightweight materials, 3D printing and various responsive “smart-polymers/materials” applications.  We are pleased to announce that Prof. Foster is the Recipient of the 2019 Kingfa Young Investigator Award of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the American Chemical Society.