F. James Boerio joined the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1970 after receiving his PhD degree in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He was appointed Interim Head of the Department of Engineering Education at the University of Cincinnati on July 1, 2007. Dr. Boerio was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Engineering Tribunal at the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He was named "Professor of the Quarter" for the Winter Quarter of 2003 by the Engineering Tribunal and was named "Professor of the Year" by Engineering Tribunal for the academic year 2002-03. Professor Boerio also received the College of Engineering "Dean's Award for Educational Innovation" in 2001.
In addition to his activities in Engineering Education, Professor Boerio has been very active in research. His research interests include adhesion, thin films, plasma processing, surface characterization, and polymer processing. A great deal of his current research is concerned with novel plasma polymerized primers for rubber-to-metal bonding and plasma polymerized silica-like films as primers for structural adhesive bonding and for corrosion inhibition of metals such as steel and aluminum. Boerio's research work involves surface characterization using techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE), and Fourier-transform Raman spectroscopy. There are several unique aspects to this work. One is the development of novel plasma polymerized acetylene films as primers for rubber-to-metal bonding. Another concerns the development of a new technique for characterizing the surfaces of polymer systems at ultra-high spatial resolution by using an atomic force microscope to detect infrared absorption by the polymers.
Professor Boerio received the Adhesion Society Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science, sponsored by 3M, in 1999 and the College of Engineering "Distinguished Research Award" in 2006. He was named the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering "Outstanding Research Professor" in 2006. Boerio received the College of Engineering Research Award in 1989 and was named Herman Schneider Professor of Materials Science in 1995. He was elected a Robert L. Patrick Fellow of The Adhesion Society in 1997. Dr. Boerio has supervised the MS thesis research of more than 50 students and the PhD dissertation research of approximately 25 students. He has also supervised the research of numerous undergraduate students.