Dr. Paul Johns is a Research Chemist working in the Washington, DC area. He completed a three year Postdoctoral Researcher position in 2020 sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the ultrafast interactions of light with gold nanostructures using nonlinear spectroscopy and finite element methods as implemented in 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

  • present2020

    Research Chemist

    Washington, DC

  • 20202017

    ASEE Postdoctoral Researcher

    Washington, DC

  • 20172024

    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