Devika Sil, devika.sil[at]      

I was born in Kolkata, one of the busiest metropolitans of India; also known as the City of Joy (Dominique La Pierre). After finishing high school I went on to receive my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, which was still in its nascent stage.

After obtaining my undergraduate degree I was sure about pursuing a career in research. For this reason I enrolled for a post-graduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calcutta. University of Calcutta is one of the oldest universities in India and a very prestigious place to study. During my M.Tech I worked on photocatalysis for environmental remediation. This led to 2-3 recent publications in both national (Indian) and international journals and conferences. While working on photocatalysis for my M.Tech project I had a first hand experience on how nano sized particles can do wonders compared to the micro sized particles, especially in the field of catalysis.

Upon graduating, I joined the Sol Gel division of the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, a premier Government of India funded Research and Development Organization. Under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, I was a Junior Research Fellow working in the Department of Science and Technology; an India sponsored project. My projects included the patterning of semiconductor gel films by employing confined self assembly for future use as planar wave guide sensors, fabrication of photonic crystals with potential application in solar cells, and preparation of core shell nano particles for use as advanced photo catalysts.

In 2010, I joined the Borguet research group. My research interests are in optics, non-linear phenomena, material science and nano technology.

Devika Sil was recently awarded the ECS Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship for the summer of 2012.

Devika's CV