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Christoph Boehme Receives Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award


Dr. Christoph Boehme

Christoph Boehme has been awarded the University's Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award. This is one of the University's highest faculty awards for teaching, and is well deserved. The Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award is set aside for faculty with eight or more years of service as the University of Utah and recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students, and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

From the announcement:

"As a condensed matter scientist, Christoph Boehme has made ground-breaking discoveries that are fundamental to the next generation of electronic and computer technologies. “Professor Boehme is one of those rare experimental physicists who has developed new cutting-edge experimental techniques and devices, [whereby discovering] fundamental new physical phenomena in substances that are of great current practical and technological importance,” remarked a colleague. 'A common thread in his work is the use of elegant, innovative, and creative experimental techniques to reveal the most fundamental quantum properties of matter.' One of his most important breakthroughs was developing the pEDMR technique, a method for observing the quantum mechanical motion of charged electron spins in semiconductors. This has led to one of his multiple patents and has been instrumental in the development of new electronic and optoelectronic materials. He has published 93 papers in archival reference journals, and received multiple prestigious awards for his research, including a CAREER Award of the National Science Foundation and the silver medal in Best Physics Research from the International EPR Society. During Boehme’s 12 years at the U, he has supervised 28 postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students in their research. Professor Boehme’s creativity, productivity, and his impact on future technologies make him a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award."

Prof. Boehme was formally recognized for this achievement during University and College Commencement Exercises in May 2018.

The University Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award honors significant contributions to the mission of the University of Utah. Click here to learn more and to see past recipients.

To learn more about the 2018 recipients, please click here.

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