|Shalaka Dewan, shalaka.dewan[at]temple.edu|
I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. I completed my B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mumbai University in 2006, followed by a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry in 2008. I joined the Chemistry PhD program at Temple in fall 2009. I have always wanted to involve myself in some challenging and interesting work that will have positive implications on the environmental resources and other such real world problems, and Borguet group seemed to be the right place for this.
In the Borguet Group, I am working in the non-linear optics team, where we try to develop a deep understanding of the chemical structure of water at various interfaces, with the hope to get insights into the many geochemical and biological processes that are controlled by this "interfacial water".