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Paul Bohn

Paul W. Bohn

Arthur J. Schmitt Professor

College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-1849

Office: 318 Stinson-Remick


B.S. Chemistry, University of Notre Dame (1977)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981)


Member of Technical Staff, Special Materials Groups, Bell Laboratories (1981-1983)
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983-1989)

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1989-1992)

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992-2006)

Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame (2006-present)

Representative Publications

Ma, C.; Contento, N.M.; Gibson, L.R., II, Bohn, P.W.  “Redox Cycling in Nanoscale Recessed Ring-Disk Electrode Arrays for Enhanced Electrochemical Sensitivity,” ACS Nano 2013, 7, 5483-5490. [DOI 10.1021/nn401542x]

Hwang, T.-W.; Branagan, S.P.; Bohn, P.W.  “Chemical Noise Produced by Equilibrium Adsorption/Desorption of Surface Pyridine at Au-Ag-Au Bimetallic Atom-Scale Junctions Studied by Fluctuation Spectroscopy,” J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 4522-4529. [DOI 10.1021/ ja400567j]

Gibson, L.R., II; Bohn, P.W. “Non-Aqueous Microchip Electrophoresis for Characterization of Lipid Biomarkers,” Interf. Focus, 2013, 3, 20120096(1-8).  [DOI 10.1098/rsfs.20120096]

Masyuko, R.; Lanni, E.; Sweedler, J.V.; Bohn, P.W.  “Correlated Imaging – A Grand Challenge in Chemical Analysis,” Analyst, 2013, 138, 1924-1939. [DOI 10.1039/c3an36416J]

Geng, X.; Duan, B.K.; Grismer, D.A.; Zhao, L.; Bohn, P.W. “Catalyst and Processing Effects on Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching for the Production of Highly Porous GaN,” Semicond. Sci. Technol., 2013, 28, 065001(1-10) [DOI 10.1088/0268-1242/28/6/065001]

Branagan, S.P.; Bohn, P.W.  “Plasmonic Response of Electrified Metal-Liquid Interfaces during Faradaic and non-Faradaic Reactions by Enhanced Optical Transmission,” Analyst 2012, 137, 3932-3939. [DOI 10.1039/c2an35488h]


Fellow, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 2012

Haines-Morris Lecturer, University of Tennessee, 2011

Kritzler Lecturer, Ohio Northern University, 2011

Theophilus Redwood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010

Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2008

Professional Activities

Analyst, Royal Society of Chemistry, Editor for the Americas, 2007-2009; Chair of the Editorial Board, 2010-present.

Supervisory Board, Tyndall FlexiFab for Applied Convergent Nanotechnologies (TYFFANI), Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, 2011-present.

Editorial Board, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, Annual Reviews, 2012-present.

Executive Committee, Center for Nano-Chemical Electrical and Mechanical Manufacturing Systems – an NSF NSEC, 2008 – present.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Bohn’s research interests include: (a) integrated nanofluidic and microfluidic chemical measurement strategies for personal monitoring, (b) chemical and biochemical sensing in mass-limited samples, (c) smart materials, and (d) molecular approaches to nanotechnology. 

Dr. Bohn holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and also serves as the Director of the Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics Initiative.


Graduate Fellowships Awarded for Biomedical Research at Notre Dame

July 13, 2015

Two students at the University of Notre Dame, each working on distinct technologies that could change the way cancer is understood and diagnosed, have been awarded the 2015/16 Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics.

Notre Dame and Major New York Medical Group Collaborate on Biomedical Research

September 8, 2014

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

Gibson Receives FACSS Student Award

November 4, 2013

Larry Gibson, a CBE Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame, was the 2013 recipient of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Student Award.

Paul Bohn Named 2012 Spectroscopy Fellow

May 9, 2012

Paul W. Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics initiative and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS).