Paul W. Bohn
Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Office: 318 Stinson-Remick Hall
Paul W. Bohn received the B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre
Dame in 1977 and the Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison in 1981. After two-years at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ as a
Member of Technical Staff in the Special Materials Group, he joined the
faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). While at
UIUC, he served as Centennial Professor in Chemical Sciences, Professor
of Chemistry, Professor in the Beckman Institute, Research Professor in the
Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Adjunct Professor of Materials
Science and Engineering, and as a member of the Materials Research
Laboratory. He also served as Interim Director of the School of Chemical
Sciences in 1993-94, and Head of the Chemistry Department in 1994-99. In
2001-02, he was Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, the senior research
officer of the UIUC campus. In August 2006, he joined the faculty at the
University of Notre Dame as the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical
and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry and
Biochemistry. He served as Editor for the Americas for the Royal Society of
Chemistry journal,Analyst, 2007-09 and a full term as Chair of the Editorial
Board for Analyst 2010-14. Prof. Bohn also serves as Project Director for the
Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative, one of five inaugural
Strategic Research Initiatives established at Notre Dame in 2008 and as co-Director of the Analytical Sciences & Engineering at Notre Dame faculty hiring initiative. He has served on numerous editorial and scientific boards and is currently co-Editor of Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry.
Dr. Bohn’s research interests include: (a) molecular approaches to, and uses of, nanotechnology, (b) integrated nanofluidic and microfluidic chemical measurement strategies for personal monitoring, and (c) correlated chemical imaging, especially of microbial communities.
He has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Coblentz Award in 1990 for contributions to molecular spectroscopy by investigators under the age of 36, the ACS Award in Spectrochemical Analysis in 1997, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society Award in 2004, the Bomem-Michelson Award from the Coblentz Society in 2005, the Theophilus Redwood Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010, and the ACS Award in Electrochemistry in 2017. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2008 and Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy in 2012. While at the University of Illinois, he was a Beckman Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study (1986-87) and a University Scholar (1993-96). He was named one of the world’s top 100 analytical scientists in 2015.
Dr. Bohn has authored/coauthored over 290 publications and has 6 patents issued and 4 pending in technologies related to his work. He is a principal and co-founder of Hsiri Diagnostics, LLC. In addition, he has delivered over 300 invited lectures at universities, national laboratories, and industrial laboratories throughout the world and has served as a consultant for companies both in the United States and in Europe.
He is a proud Midwesterner with two children, Nathan (Purdue ’07) and Lauren Gibson (BS Notre Dame ’09, MS Illinois ’11), who resides with his wife, Raylene, in Granger, Indiana.