Interim Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy
> July 1 - 2019
Professor Christoph Boehme has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, effective July 1, 2019. He replaces Peter Trapa who served as chair of the department until he was selected to become the new dean of the College of Science. Previously, Boehme served as associate chair of the department from 2010-2015.
Boehme joined the U in 2006 as an assistant professor. His research is focused on the exploration of spin-dependent electronic processes in condensed matter. The goal of his work is to develop sensitive coherent spin motion detection schemes for small spin ensembles that are needed for quantum computing and general materials research.
He received the U’s Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award in 2018 for his contributions and scientific breakthroughs in electron spin physics and for his leadership in the field of spintronics.
Boehme received an undergraduate degree at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He moved to the U.S. for the first time when he assumed a Fulbright Scholarship at North Carolina State University, before obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Marburg, Germany. After a postdoctoral appointment at the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin, he returned to the U.S. when he joined the University of Utah as a physics faculty member.
Christoph Boehme University's Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award.
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."
The University Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award honors significant bcontributions to the mission of the University of Utah. Click here to learn more and to see past recipients.