John R. Dutcher

Dr. John R. Dutcher
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter & Biological Physics and Director Nanoscience
Email: 
dutcher@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x53950
Office: 
MacN 451
Summary: 
  • B.Sc. (co-op) in Engineering-Physics, Dalhousie University, 1983
  • M.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics, University of British Columbia, 1985
  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Simon Fraser University, 1989
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, 1988 - 1990
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Guelph, 1990 - 1995
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Guelph, 1995 - 1999
  • Professor, Department of Physics, University of Guelph, 1999 - present

University of Guelph

  • Director, Centre for Food and Soft Materials Science, University of Guelph, 1999 – present
  • Director, B.Sc. Nanoscience Program, University of Guelph, 2010 - present

National

  • Theme Leader, Advanced Foods & Materials Network, national Network of Centres of Excellence, 2003 - 2009
  • Member, Research Management Committee, Advanced Foods & Materials Network, 2003 - 2010
  • Director of Academic Affairs, Canadian Association of Physicists, 2009 - 2012
  • Chair of CAP-NSERC Liaison Committee, Canadian Association of Physicists, 2009 - 2014
  • Member and Chair (2007-08), Condensed Matter Physics Grant Selection Committee, NSERC, 2005 - 2008

International

  • Special Advisory Editor, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2010 – present
  • Editor, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2008 – 2010
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Soft Matter Journal, 2008 – present
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2010 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Scientific Reports, 2014 - present
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2002 - 2008

Industry

  • Founder, Mirexus Biotechnologies; Chief Science Officer and Board Member, 2015-2016; Chairman of the Board, 2013-2015; Interim CEO, 2010-2013 (Mirexus is commercializing a polysaccharide nanoparticle technology discovered in the Dutcher Lab)
  • Consulting: DuPont Performance Coatings, Nexia Biotechnologies, Dow Chemical Company

Professional Societies

  • Member of American Physical Society, Canadian Association of Physicists, Materials Research Society, Biophysical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Canadian Society of Chemistry, Biophysical Society of Canada
  • Governor General’s Gold Medal, Dalhousie University, 1983
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, 1983 - 1988
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Nov 1988 - Aug 1990
  • Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Province of Ontario, 1999
  • Presidential Distinguished Professor Award, University of Guelph, 2000
  • Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter Physics and Biological, University of Guelph, 2006 – present
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2007

Overview

The primary focus of our work in the Dutcher Lab is the physics of polymers, biopolymers and bacterial cells at surfaces and interfaces. These systems are very important in technological applications ranging from adhesion to optical coatings to information storage to biofilm contamination to self-assembled morphologies in bionanotechnology. In our research, we use a wide range of state-of-the-art, surface-sensitive techniques to probe the interaction of polymers, biopolymers and bacterial cells with a variety of different surfaces, ranging from atomically-flat surfaces to tethered lipid bilayer films to industrial-grade and food surfaces. By tuning both the properties of the surfaces and the polymer and biopolymer molecules, we hope to achieve an understanding of the underlying physical, chemical and biological principles and therefore predictive power in the design of novel technologies. Please see the links shown to the left for more details on our research projects, recent publications and research opportunities.

For more detailed information please visit the Dutcher Lab.

Area of Research

Nanoscience