Paul Johns

Biography

Dr. Paul Johns recently completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame and is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons through gold nanostructures and how defects and discontinuities can disrupt or enhance this propagation. The research uses a pump-probe technique with a galvo-scanning mirror developed during his time in the Hartland Lab to interrogate the samples. To further understand the propagation, he models the structures using the finite element method program COMSOL Multiphysics®. Paul has taught in a variety of capacities: as an undergraduate and graduate TA, as Visiting Laboratory Instructor at Saint Francis University where he taught Physical Chemistry I Lab, General Chemistry II Lab, and Organic Chemistry I and II Lab, and as the primary instructor at the University of Notre Dame for a Physical Chemistry II course.

Experience & Employment

  • Present2017

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    University of Notre Dame

  • 20122011

    Visiting Laboratory Instructor

    Saint Francis University

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2017

    Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry

    University of Notre Dame

  • B.S. 2007

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Minors: Mathematics, Physics

    Saint Francis University

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2015
    Advanced Teaching Scholar
    Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame
  • 2014
    Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Teaching Fellow
    University of Notre Dame
  • 2006
    Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
    Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation