Ryerson Faculty of Science - 5th Anniversary - 9

Unlocking the Potential
of Synthetic Chemistry

Real-World
Focus

Dr. Foucher mentors
a new generation
making a mark

heads. For other companies, he's worked on
specialty coatings for fibre optic networks and
urethane products.
At Ryerson, Foucher says a major highlight
came in 2014 when the department celebrated
the first PhD graduate from the Molecular
Sciences program - Dr. Aman Khan.
A student of Foucher's, Khan defended his
dissertation on the preparation of new metalbased materials that function as polymeric
wires in thin film electronics. Khan's main
contribution, says Foucher, was improving the
light and moisture stability of these normally
very sensitive materials via chemical design.
"Efforts by Aman Khan, have resulted in the
most innovative development in the area of
conducting polystannanes undertaken in the
last several years."
During his postdoctoral period, Khan
has continued to work and make valuable
contributions in the Foucher lab.

PHOTO BY IAN PATTERSON

Dr. Dan Foucher
and Aman Khan

Faculty of Science

Department of
Chemistry and Biology

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IN THE COMPLEX FIELD of synthetic chemistry,
Dr. Dan Foucher is fascinated by the potential
to advance human health and technology.
At Ryerson, he and the researchers in The
Foucher Research Group work to chemically
improve products such as antimicrobial
cleaners. Specifically, the group focuses
on "the preparation of light and moisture
stable polystannanes, as well as selfassembled quaternary ammonium materials
as antimicrobial agents." Foucher recently
received an NSERC Engage Plus Grant for
his work on antimicrobials for WHOOSH!,
a Canadian cleaning products startup.
Typical of Ryerson's faculty, Foucher's
academic and research credentials are
matched by years of real-world experience.
Prior to coming to Ryerson in 2007, Foucher
worked at the Xerox Research Centre of
Canada, helping to develop various resins and
polymers for printer toners and inkjet print



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