Bouchard, Louis

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Associate Professor

Contact Information

607 Charles E Young Dr East / Young Hall 3048B University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-1764
Young Hall 2104 and 2042
(310) 825-1764

Short Biography

Dr. Bouchard obtained a bachelor's degree in physics and business management from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, a Master's degree in medical biophysics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation explores the use of multiple quantum coherence and long-range dipolar interactions in condensed matter to characterize heterogeneous material microstructure. During his stay in the laboratory of Alex Pines at the University of California, Berkeley he developed novel approaches and methodologies to portable, low-field NMR and MRI, microfluidics and hyperpolarization methods to the study of chemical reactions. He joined the UCLA faculty during the summer of 2008 to pursue research in physical chemistry.

Research Interest


Professor Louis Bouchard and his group conduct experimental research in physical & analytical chemistry, materials science and bioengineering. The group has projects that deal with the development of novel materials, contrast agents & drug delivery systems for biomedical imaging, the study of flows in biological systems, high frequency electromagnetics, condensed matter and heterogeneous catalysis. His research group combines a range of laboratory and techniques from chemical synthesis to instrumentation development and various spectroscopies based on specific needs of the research. Projects are available for chemistry and engineering students.

Honors & Awards

  • 2015    ΑΧΣ (UCLA) Glenn T. Seaborg Award
  • 2015    Chinese Academy of Sciences | CAS President's International Fellowship
  • 2014    Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center | Seed Grant Award
  • 2014    UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development | Faculty Career Development Award
  • 2013    UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development | Faculty Career Development Award
  • 2013    Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center | Seed Grant Award
  • 2012    Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation | Beckman Young Investigator Award
  • 2012    Exploratory Research Space | RWTH Aachen University
  • 2012    UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development | Faculty Career Development Award
  • 2011    Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center | Seed Grant Award
  • 2011    UCLA Council on Research | Faculty Research Grant Award
  • 2010    Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh | Starter Grant Award
  • 2008    Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation | New Faculty Award


[ Recent Publications ]

  • Youssef K, Jarenwattananon NN, Bouchard LS,  Feature-preserving noise removal, IEEE Trans. Med. Imag. 34, 1822-1829 (2015)
  • Ertas YN, Jarenwattananon NN, Bouchard LS, Oxide-free gadolinium nanocrystals with large magnetic moments, Chem. Mater. 27, 5371-5376 (2015)
  • Koumoulis D, Chasapis T, Leung B, Taylor RE, Stoumpos CC, Calta NP, Kanatzidis MG, Bouchard LS,  Site-specific contributions to the band inversion in a topological crystalline insulator, Adv. Electr. Mater. 1, 1500117 (2015)
  • Koumoulis D, Morris GD, He L, Kou X, King D, Wang D, Hossain MD, Wang KL, Fiete GA, Kanatzidis MG, Bouchard LS, Nanoscale β-nuclear magnetic resonance depth imaging of topological insulators, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, E3645-E3650 (2015)
  • Gloeggler SG, Wagner S, Bouchard LS,  Hyperpolarization of amino acid derivatives in water for biological applications,   Chem. Sci. 6, 4261-4266 (2015)
  • Jarenwattananon NN, Bouchard LS, Motional averaging of nuclear resonance in a field gradient, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 197601 (2015) (selected, PRL Editors' Suggestion)
  • Gloeggler SG, Grunfeld AM, Ertas YN, McCormick J, Wagner S, Schleker PPM, Bouchard LS, A nanoparticle catalyst for heterogeneous phase para-hydrogen-induced polarization in water, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 54, 2452-2456 (2015)
  • Koumoulis D, Leung B, Chasapis TC, Taylor R, King Jr D, Kanatzidis MG, Bouchard LS, Understanding bulk defects in topological insulators from nuclear-spin interactions, Adv. Func. Mater. 24, 1519-1528 (2014)
  • Jarenwattananon NN, Gloeggler S, Otto T, Melkonian A, Morris W, Burt SR, Yaghi OM, Bouchard LS, Thermal maps of gases in heterogeneous reactions,  Nature 502, 537-540 (2013)
  • Koumoulis D, Chasapis TC, Taylor RE, Lake MP, King D, Jarenwattananon NN, Fiete GA, Kanatzidis MG, Bouchard LS, NMR probe of metallic states in nanoscale topological insulators, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 026602 (2013)