Faculty Spotlight: Louis Bouchard

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To honor our three newly tenured faculty we will feature a profile of our new associate professors each week, starting with Professor Louis Bouchard.  

In the following weeks we will profile Profs. Margot Quinlan and Jorge Torres. 

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 Prof. Alex Pines at the University of California, Berkeley, Bouchard developed novel approaches and methodologies to portable, low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (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.

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 contrast agents & drug delivery systems for biomedical imaging, tissue engineering, field sensing, condensed matter physics and heterogeneous catalysis. His research group combines a range of laboratory techniques that include a strong emphasis on instrumentation development and methodology development for various spectroscopies (optical, electron, magnetic resonance) based on the specific needs of the research. 

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Bouchard group members (from left) Sophie Cohen, Ruoqing Cai, Khaled Youssef, Brian Archer, Prof. Louis Bouchard, Michael Lake, Ying Yang, Amichai Goldsman, Fatemeh Negin Majedi, Nanette Jarenwattananon. Not pictured are Yavuz Ertas, Ezgi Kisa, Dimitrios Koumoulis, Jeff McCormick, Luke Verlinski, James Wang.

Bouchard currently has 10 awarded or pending patents, 61 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 43 of which were published while at UCLA. He is the spokesperson for four experiments in materials science at TRIUMF national laboratory and a member of the board of directors for the Aachen-California Network of Academic Exchange (ACalNet), a student exchange program between the University of California and RWTH Aachen University funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

His awards and honors include the 2015 ΑΧΣ (UCLA) Glenn T. Seaborg Award, the UCLA Faculty Career Development Award (2014, 2013, 2012), Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship (2015), Starter Grant Award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (2010), New Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation (2008) and the 2012 Beckman Young Investigator Award.

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Bouchard group members at the recent tenure celebration party (from left) Luke Verlinsky, Michael Lake, Jeff McCormick, Prof. Louis Bouchard, Nanette Jarenwattananon, Ying Yang, Ezgi Kisa.  

To learn more about Bouchard’s research, visit his group’s website.

Photos by Penny Jennings/UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.