Santiago Faucher

Hatch Ltd. and McMaster University

Santiago Faucher is Global Director of Technology Development at Hatch Ltd., an adjunct professor at McMaster University, and programming chair for the Process Development Division of the AIChE. Faucher received his PhD from McMaster University in 2007 and his BSc from Queen’s University in 1996 both in the field of chemical engineering. Between 1996 and 2002 he worked as an engineer at Hatch Associates designing and later commissioning process equipment for metallurgical plants in the Americas and Asia. His designs are in operation in Japan, Canada, and Colombia and were multi-million dollar projects incorporating novel technologies. Between 2002 and 2007, he earned his PhD in chemical engineering at McMaster University by publishing numerous research articles focused on polymer reaction engineering. His contributions to process development in the field of controlled/living radical polymerization have been highlighted as cover articles in the J. Pol. Sci. Part A: Polymer Chemistry and in several prominent publications some of which have become the most accessed articles in their year of publication (Macromolecules 2006). Following the completion of his PhD, Faucher joined Xerox Research Centre as a researcher and later as a manager of the composite materials and process engineering group in the Scale-up Engineering Laboratory. While at Xerox, Faucher developed and brought to market three novel technologies that led to significant cost savings and environmental footprint reductions in the production of composite materials (dispersions, polymers, and toners). In 2012, Santiago rejoined Hatch as global director of Technology Development where he manages the development of custom technologies for clients. He has supervised six graduate students (PhD/MSc), authored 15 scientific journal articles, and is an inventor on 161 patent applications (16 currently granted). Outside of his work Faucher enjoys skiing, ultimate-frisbee and sea kayaking. He is married, has three children and resides in Oakville, Ont.