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2011 Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry to focus on molecular transport research

Feb 21, 2011

Dr. Paul W. Bohn will deliver Ohio Northern University's 2011 Kritzler Lecture, titled “Integrated Microfluidics in 3-D Scientific Challenges in Putting Your Hospital’s Clinical Lab on a Key Ring,” in 107 Meyer Hall of Science on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
Bohn will discuss his research, which focuses on establishing intelligent control of molecular transport in space and time in nanoscale devices to enable the construction of materials and structures that can sense molecular characteristics and then generate signals that control transport based on those characteristics. One goal of this research would be to develop a device that individuals can place on a key ring to help diagnose various medical conditions such as ischemia, low blood sugar, infection, etc. The lecture will highlight the fundamental scientific challenges – sample handling, transport and controlling chemical reactivity – that must be addressed to realize this goal.
In 2006, Bohn joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. From 2007-09, he served as editor for the Americas for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Analyst and is currently chair of the editorial board for the Analyst. Bohn also serves as project director for the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative, one of five inaugural Strategic Research Initiatives established in 2008 at Notre Dame.

Throughout his career, Bohn has received a number of awards and recognitions. He was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2008. Bohn also has authored/coauthored more than 195 publications and delivered more than 200 invited lectures at universities, national laboratories and industrial laboratories throughout the world.

The annual Kritzler Lecture, named in honor of ONU alumnus Dr. James Kritzler, is sponsored by ONU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The lectureship was established in 1996 as a way to afford students access to major new developments in chemistry presented by a scientist recognized as a masterful communicator of ideas. For more information visit

This event is free and open to the public.