|Shalaka Dewan, shalaka.dewan[at]temple.edu|
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. In 2010, I joined the Borguet Group as a Ph.D. student at Temple University, after completing my Master of Science (MSc) in Physical Chemistry, at the University of Mumbai, and working for a year as an editor for reaserch articles in the physical sciences field.
The idea of using state-of-the-art ultrafast lasers to study chemistry fascinated me and led me to the Borguet Group. My research interets are in applying non-linear optical spectroscopy techniques to visualize molecular interactions at surfaces and interfaces that are not accessible with linear spectroscopies.
In the Borguet Group, I work on sum-frequency generation spectroscopy, with a focus on understanding the structure and dynamics of water at mineral interfaces. Such insights will have important implications in many geochemical and biological processes that are controlled by "interfacial water."