E. Johan Foster

Associate Professor

NSERC Canfor Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Bioproducts

Office: CHBE 421

Email: johan.foster@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Bioproducts, Cellulose Nanomaterials, Polymers, Biomaterials, Biomedical Devices, Fibers


Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2010, Postdoctoral Fellow

Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2007, Ph.D.

Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2002, B.Sc.

Research interests + projects

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.

Awards and honours

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry Nanotechnology Division Mid-Career Award , 2020

KINGFA Young Investigator Award , 2019

Full publications list

Selected publications + presentations

E. Johan Foster,* Robert Moon,* Umesh Agarwal, Michael Bortner, Julien Bras, Sandra Camarero, Kathleen Chan, Martin Clift, Emily Cranston, Steve Eichhorn, Doug Fox, Wadood Hamad, Laurent Heux, Bruno Jean, Matthew Korey, World Nieh, Michael Reid, Scott Rennekar, Rose Roberts, Jo Anne Shatkin, John Simonsen, Kelly Stinson-Bagby, Nandula Wanasekara, Jeff Youngblood. Current characterizing methods for cellulose nanomaterials. Chemical Society Reviews. 2018. 47, 2609-2679. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6CS00895J 

Keith D. Hendren, Sarita A. Hough, Kenneth Knott, Wei Lu, Paul A. Deck,* and E. Johan Foster* Anchored Metallocene Linear Low-Density Polyethene Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites. Polymer International. 2021 70 (5), 564-572. https://doi.org/10.1002/pi.6146

E. Johan Foster,* Nizar Zahed and Carolina Tallon* The Transformative and Versatile Role of Cellulose Nanomaterials in Templating and Shaping Multi-Scale Mesostructured Ceramics. Small 2018. 14(46) 1802068. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201870215

Rose Roberts, James W. Smyth, John Will, Payton Roberts, Christina L. Grek, Gautam S. Ghatnekar, Zhi Sheng, Robert G. Gourdie, Samy Lamouille, E. Johan Foster. Development of PLGA nanoparticles for sustained release of a connexin43 mimetic peptide to target glioblastoma cells. Materials Science & Engineering C. 2020. 108. Pg 110191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2019.110191

Zahra J. Gallagher, Sara Fleetwood, Terence L. Kirley, Maureen A. Shaw, Eric S. Mullins, Neil Ayres, and E. Johan Foster*. Heparin Mimic Material Derived from Cellulose Nanocrystals. Heparin Mimic Material Derived from Cellulose Nanocrystals. Biomacromolecules. 2020, 21, 3, 1103-1111. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01460