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Paul W. Bohn

Paul Bohn

Contact Info

Phone: 574-631-1849
Office: 318 Stinson-Remick


College of Engineering Arthur J. Schmitt Professor

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.


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.