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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

Xu, W.; Ma, C.; Bohn, P.W. “Coupling of Independent Electrochemical Reactions and Fluorescence at Closed Bipolar Interdigitated Electrode Arrays,” ChemElectrochem 2016, in press. [DOI 10.1002/celc.201500366]

Xu, W.; Foster, E.; Ma, C.; Bohn, P.W.  “On-Demand In situ Generation of Oxygen in a Nanofluidic Embedded Planar Microband Electrochemical Reactor,” Microfl. Nanofl.  2015, in press [DOI 10.1007/s10404-015-1636-7].

Baig, N.F.; Dunham, S.J.B.; Morales-Soto, N.; Shrout, J.D.; Sweedler, J.V.; Bohn, P.W.  “Multimodal Chemical Imaging of Molecular Messengers in Emerging Pseudomonas aeruginosa Bacterial Communities,” Analyst 2015, 140, 6544-6552. [DOI 10.1039/ c5an01149c]

Zaino, L.P. III; Grismer, D.A.; Han, D.; Crouch, G.M.; Bohn, P.W.  “Single Molecule Spectroelectrochemistry of Freely Diffusing Flavin Mononucleotide in Zero-Dimensional Nanophotonic Structures,” Faraday Disc. 2015, in press.

Ma, C.; Zaino, L.P.; Bohn, P.W.  “Self-Induced Redox Cycling Coupled Luminescence on Nanopore Recessed Disk-Multiscale Bipolar Electrodes,” Chem. Sci.2015, 6, 3173-3179. [DOI 10.1039/c5sc00433k]

Zaino, L.P.;Contento, N.M.; Bohn, P.W. “Nanopore Embedded Reactions for Enhanced Chemical Transformations,” in The 18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, The Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, 2014, 54-57.


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. 

He holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and also serves as the Director of the Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics InitiativeAs director he has also worked to establish the Precision Medicine program within the AD&T initiative.


Notre Dame researchers to tackle autism, preeclampsia and more through new funding

September 7, 2018

Nine faculty from the University of Notre Dame have received awards for five projects from the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics’ Discovery Fund. Each year, grants from the Discovery Fund are awarded to researchers who propose novel technologies and diagnostics that can improve human and environmental health.

Study Reveals how Bacteria Communicate in Groups to Avoid Antibiotics

April 26, 2018

In a new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen that causes pneumonia, sepsis and other infections, communicates distress signals within a group of bacteria in response to certain antibiotics. This communication was found to vary across the colony and suggests that this bacterium may develop protective behaviors that contribute to its ability to tolerate some antibiotics.

Bohn to Receive 2017 ACS Electrochemistry Award

February 10, 2017

Paul W. Bohn has been named the recipient of the 2017 American Chemical Society Electrochemistry Award for his contributions to the field of electrochemical analysis.

Blue-sky Biomedical Projects Launched by New Funding

August 30, 2016

Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T), a strategic research initiative at the University of Notre Dame, has announced the recipients of its Discovery Fund awards for 2016. Innovative research includes efforts to treat Parkinson’s disease, understand heart disease and strokes, tackle bacterial drug resistance.

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.