Paul W. Bohn
Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
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 in Murray Hill, New Jersey, 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
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 from 2007-09 and completed a full term as Chair of the Editorial Board for Analyst from 2010-14. Professor Bohn currently serves as Faculty Director for the Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health; as a director of the Indiana Consortium for Analytical Science and Engineering (ICASE); and as Director of the Center for Bioanalytic Metrology. 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,
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). Bohn was named one of the world’s top 100 analytical scientists in 2015; one of the world's top 20 analytical scientists in 2019; and a recipient of the Charles N. Reilley Award in 2022.
Dr. Bohn has authored/coauthored over 300 publications and owns 9 patents 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.
Professor Bohn 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.