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NEWS: 2014

Colin Murphy Awarded Honorable Mention at Undergraduate Research Symposium! September 2014.
Undergraduate Researcher, Colin Murphy, was awarded Honorable Mention at the Temple University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Colin's poster "Plasmonic Hot Electron Induced Hydrogenation of an Organic Dye. Colin Murphy, Devika Sil, and Eric Borguet." The poster was selected for presentation at the grand opening of the new Science and Research Center (SERC) for homecoming in October 2014.

Borguet Group Welcomes Two Visiting Students! Spring 2014
Esteban Sanchez and Aurelia Niaux joined the Borguet Group.

Borguet Group Welcomes Four New Undergraduates Students! Spring 2014
Chey Jones, Colin Murphy, Safiya Sylla, and James J Choi joined the Borguet Group.

NEWS: 2013

Borguet group members Zhihai Li and Sepideh Afsari lead Electrochemistry workshop at Temple University.
A workshop on Electrochemistry (principles and applications) will be offered by Dr. Zhihai LI with the assistance of Sepideh Afsari, both members of the electrochemistry/scanning probe/ single molecule team. There will be 8, one hour sessions, held on Wednesdays starting July 10 in Beury 226 at noon.

My Hoang, Uduak Udoeyo, and Ashley Truxal graduate with their Bachelors of Science.
Congratulations!

Ashley Truxal chosen to make commencement speech for the College of Science and Technology.

Ashley Truxal received the ACS Scholastic Achievement Award. March 2013
This award is presented each year to the top-ranking senior majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering in the Philadelphia local section.

Ellen Kim awarded Diamond Research Scholars grant.  March 2013.
Ellen was awarded the Diamond Research Scholars grant by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies for the project titled "Single-molecule conductivity of a metal coordinating molecular switch"

Lan Nguyen graduates with M.S. in chemistry. Winter 2013.
Congratulations Lan!

Ellen Kim and Linh Duong join the Borguet Group! Spring 2013.
Borguet Group welcomes 2 new undergraduate students, Ellen Kim and Linh Duong.

My Hoang wins poster prize at TAFDV
My won a prize for the poster she presented at the Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley (TAFDV).


NEWS: 2012

Dr. Hong accepted faculty position. Fall 2012.
Dr. Hong accepted a faculty position in School of Chemistry and Environmental at South China Normal University (Guangzhou). His main research fields are Catalytic Materials, Photoelectrocatalysis, Photoanode, Electrocatalysis, and Surface Chemistry.

Ashley Truxal awarded two scholarships. September 2012.
Ashley was awarded Temple University Albert B. Brown Chemistry Scholarship and Temple University Study Abroad Scholarship.

My Hoang awarded CARAS Grant. Fall 2012.
My was awarded the Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) grant from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Ashley Truxal received scholarship from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. Fall 2012.
Ashley's dedication to chemistry and the French language and culture has been rewarded by a scholarship from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. Her insistence on taking most of her chemistry classes in French was particularly appreciated.

Aziz Boulesbaa traveled to PNNL for collaborative work. Fall 2012.
Aziz is at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for collaborative work with Dr. Wang

Ashley Truxal studies abroad at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Fall 2012.
Through the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, and with financial support from the Albert B. Brown and Temple University Study Abroad Program scholarships, Ashley is continuing her studies in chemistry at University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.

Borguet Group had 10 presentations at 224th National ACS Meeting.
Ten Borguet Group presentations, including two invited talks, at 244th National ACS meeting in August

In 2012 Dr. Campen accepted a position at Fritz Haber Institute
Dr. Campen accepted a position as the leader of Interfacial Molecular Spectroscopy Group in the Physical Chemistry Department of Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany.

Uduak Udoeyo and Devika Sil awarded honorable mention in undergraduate poster session at ACS YCC Philadelphia 2012.

Uduak and Devika were awarded honorable mention at the ACS Young Chemical Committee for their poster entitled Application of Pd Nanoparticles for Rapid H2 Detection.

Ashley Truxal received Honorable mention at ACS YCC Philadelphia poster session. February 2012

Uduak Udoeyo awarded Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) student award Fall 2012.
Uduak Udoeyo was awarded the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) student award.

Nicole Haloupek received the ACS Scholastic Achievement Award.
This award is presented each year to the top-ranking senior majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering in the Philadelphia local section.

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

Nicole Haloupek and Ashley Truxal won honorable mention in the category "Best Undergraduate Poster" at the ACS YCC Philadelphia poster session for work on hydrazine sensors with their supervising graduate student, Devika Sil.

Dr. Zhihai Li's paper featured in Chemical & Engineering News. January 2012
Dr. Li's paper was featured in the article "Unconventional Conduction - Single-molecule experiments show that charge transport does not always proceed via the shortest route." published in Chemical & Engineering News, the magazine of the American Chemical Society.


NEWS: 2011

Nicole Haloupek and Ashley Truxal awarded CARAS Project Grant. Fall 2011.
Nicole and Ashley were awarded the Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) grant from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Previous Member Olivier Katz awarded presentation prize. Fall 2011.
Olivier was awarded a prize for the precision of the work in his presentation at the UPMC Forum 2011. He earned a free entrance to the Academia Europaea at UNESCO in Paris.

Uduak Udoeyo first place winner at the Temple University URP Research Symposium. October 2011.
Uduak was awarded the top prize for the oral presentation session at the Temple University URP Research Symposium. Uduak won for the presentation titled, "Titanium dioxide doped with palladium nanoparticles for sensing hydrazine."

Chigoziem Oguh and Nicole Haloupek received the Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship. Summer 2011.
Chigoziem and Nicole received the Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship. Established in 1995 by the estate of Tomlinson (BA '26, MA '28, Chem), a long-time member of the chemistry faculty, the scholarship is awarded to undergraduate chemistry students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.

Uduak Udoeyo accepted into the Temple University MARC Program. September 2011.
Uduak was accepted into the MARC Program which provides training and support for undergraduates interested in academic careers in biomedical or behavioral science.

The Borguet Group welcomes a new member, Ashley Truxal. September 2011.
Ashley joined the Borguet Group to work on projects which relate to her research interests.

Nicole Haloupek received the Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship. August 2011.
Nicole received the Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship. Established in 1995 by the estate of Tomlinson (BA '26, MA '28' Chem), a long-time member of the chemistry faculty, the scholarship is awarded to undergraduate chemistry students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.

Borguet Group alumni member Oleksandr Isaienko assumed a position of Laser Scientist in the Research and Development department of Quantronix Corporation. With his new position Oleksandr will apply experience obtained during his Ph.D. studies in the Borguet group at Temple to various projects at Quantronix, including parametric sources.

Borguet Group alumni member Dr. Nikolay Dementev awarded prestigious JSPS postdoctoral fellowship.
Nikolay is now working as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Naotoshi Nakashima at Kyushu University (Japan). His research mainly focuses on materials science.

The Borguet Group welcomes four new undergraduate members, Vu Nguyen, Uduak Udoeyo, Nicole Haloupek, and Chigoziem Oguh. June 2011
These students joined the Borguet Group to work on projects which relate to their research interests.

Heather Vanselous selected to participate in the Physical Chemistry Symposium. May 2011.
Heather was selected to participate in the Physical Chemistry Symposium Workshop for Undergraduate Chemistry Majors at the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO. She received a travel grant through VPUS (Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies).

The Borguet Group welcomes a new graduate student, Asghar Razavi. May 2011
Asghar joined the Borguet Group to work on projects in non-linear optics and surface chemistry of silica.

Dr. Oleksandr Isaienko defended his dissertation. April 2011

Olivier Katz, a visiting student, joined the Borguet Group. March 2011
Olivier joined the Borguet Group to work on projects in surface chemistry and nano-technology for a 5 month internship program.

Heather Vanselous received the CARAS award and the Brown award. February 2011
Heather Vanselous has been awarded the Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program Grant from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, as well as, the Beau and Shirley Brown Scholarship in Chemistry.

The Borguet Group welcomes two new graduate student members, Aziz Boulesbaa and Aashish Tuladhar. January 2011
These students joined the Borguet Group to work on projects which relate to their research interests.

Happy New Year from the Borguet Group!!


NEWS: 2010

Dr. An Ngo succesfully defended her dissertation. December 2010
An successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on December 8th, 2010. Her work with Prof. Gonzalo Cosa at McGill created luminescent nanostructures involving the anionic light-emitting poly(phenylene vinylene) MPS-PPV in complex with lipid vesicles or silica beads, towards applications in biological sensing.

Nikolay Dementev defended his dissertation. December 2010

Oleksandr Isaienko awarded the 2010 Swern Fellowship. October 2010
Oleksandr Isaienko, a senior graduate student in the Borguet group, has been awarded the 2010 Swern Fellowship. The Swern Fellowship was established as a memorial to Professor Daniel Swern, a truly distinguished member of the Fels Research Institute and the Department of Chemistry. It was designed to help outstanding graduate students as they pursue their dissertation research.

Dr. Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei accepted a postdoctoral postion in CA. October 2010
Ali is now working as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Stephen Leone at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on the time resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of pure and doped helium droplets.

Dr. Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei
received the Coblentz and William G. Fateley student awards. October 2010

The Coblentz Society's William G. Fateley student award was founded by the family and former group members of William G. Fateley, in conjunction with The Coblentz Society and The Society for Applied Spectroscopy, to honor the career and life of William G. Fateley. The award consists of a $1000 prize to the selected student.

Dr. Ali Eftekhari
-Bafrooei defended his dissertation. October 2010
Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy and dynamics of water at surfaces." He is the recipient of several awards based on his work in the ultrafast vibrational dynamics of water at hydrophobic and hydrophilic interfaces. The most recent ones are the Coblentz student award and the inaugural William G. Fateley student award which were given to him at the annual Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Society meeting in October 2010 in Raleigh NC.

Shansha Wu and Baofang Zhao are now attending Pharmacy School.

Gordon Chiu received his B.S. degree and is now attending graduate school.

Alumni Birth Announcement! - Dora Bodlaki

Group alumna, Dr. Dora Bodlaki-Peelen, and her husband Dr. Tim Peelan are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, Anna Rose Peelen. Dora graduated with a Ph.D. from our group in 2003.

Lunch for Learning is back. June 2010
Join Oleksandr Isaienko on June 18, 2010 from 12:00pm-1:30pm in 404BE as he leads a disscussion on the following paper:
Water Hydrogen Bond Structure Near Highly Charged Interfaces Is Not Like Ice
Satoshi Nihonyanagi, Shoichi Yamaguchi, and Tahei Tahara
Journal of American Chemical Society 132, 6867-6869 (2010)
(Article) (Supporting Information, PDF)

The Borguet Group welcomes four new undergraduate members, Jennifer Clift, Vivian Liu, Lan Nguyen, and Alex Shubin. May 2010
These students joined the Borguet Group to work on projects which relate to their research interests.

Roozbeh Ghavami left the Borguet Group to carry out future goals in Medical School. April 2010

After completing his research project with the Borguet group, Roozbeh Ghavami has resumed his medical studies at Curacao in the Caribbean Islands, where he will complete his course work before moving to either Europe or US to do residency rounds. Roozbeh has played an irreplaceable role in the group and we are very happy he is getting to do what he always wanted and wish him great success.

Devika Sil,
graduate student, joined the Borguet Group. April 2010
Devika joined the Borguet Group to work on projects which relate to her research interests in optics, non-linear phenomena, material science and nano technology.

Gordon (Cheuk Fai) Chiu
awarded The Richard Asher Paclin Memorial Prize. April 2010
Gordon has been selected as the recipient of the Richard Asher Paclin Memorial Prize. Gordon has demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement, showed great promise of a future development in the field of chemistry, and attained the highest scholastic average.

Dr. Doug Hausner
, a visiting scholar, joined Borguet Group. March 2010

Dr. Hausner will be working on projects involving the development of chemical sensors while here with the Borguet Group.

Borguet Group is mentioned in the Time Magazine for collaboration on a NASA project. March 2010

Aseem Malhotra
awarded the URIF Grant. March 2010

Aseem has been awarded the Undergrdaute Research Incentive Fund (URIF) Travel Grant by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies. The grant will cover all expenses as Aseem travels to California to present his research at the American Medical Student Association's (AMSA) 60th National Convention. Aseem has been accepted to present the poster titled "Detection of antibody binding events via AFM and fluorescence microscopy for calibration of piezoelectric microcantilever sensor (PEMS) response" (Category: Basic Science).

Aseem Malhotra awarded the Top Undergraduate Poster Prize. January 2010
Aseem was awarded one of three Top Undergraduate Poster Prizes at the 5th Annual Undergraduate Poster Session sponsored by The Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. Aseem won for the poster titled "Surface Characterization of Piezoelectric Microcantilever Sensor (PEMS) via Atomic Force Microscopy and Fluorescence."

Shanshan Wu, an undergraduate student, joined Borguet Group.

Sepideh Afsari, graduate student, joined Borguet Group.

Shalaka Dewan, graduate student, joined Borguet Group.

Aziz Boulesbaa, a visiting researcher, joined Borguet Group.
Aziz joined the Borguet Group to study Time-Resolved Sum-Frequency Generation (SFG) at the aqueous interfaces by using the laser technology that the Borguet Group has developed.

Sedigheh Hassani, a visiting researcher, joined Borguet Group.
Sedigheh joined the Borguet group to receive training in the Scanning Probe Microscopy field and to participate in some of Dr. Borguet's projects.

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NEWS: 2009

Gordon Chiu received Student Award from The Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) (Pictures). November 2009.
Undergraduate student Gordon Chiu, in the Borguet Group, received a Student Award from The Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS). Gordon presented his poster at the EAS annual meeting on November 17th and received his plaque in the Award Luncheon.
The award recognizes the scientific achievements and research talent in undergraduate students. Gordon has been actively involved in the carbon nanotube research at the Borguet group and he has participated in a numbers of conferences. Gordon was also one of the awardees for the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2009. <Read more>

Borguet group students recognized at CST Awards Dinner.  November 2009.
Nikolay Dementev was awarded the Francis H. Case Fellowship
Ali Eftekhari was awarded the Daniel Swern Fellowship
Dr. Yangjun Xing received a Temple College of Science and Technology Graduate Research Award
 
Aseem Malhotra and Baofang Zhao awarded the CARAS Grants.  October 2009.
Aseem Malhotra and Baofang Zhao were accepted into the Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies for the project titled "Surface Characterization and Calibration of Piezoelectric Microcantilever Sensor (PEMS) via Atomic For Microscopy and Fluorescence."
 
Nikolay Dementev and Gordon Chiu won 2nd and 3rd poster prizes.  October 2009.
Nikolay and Gordon won 2nd and 3rd prizes, respectively, in the "Discovery to Commercialization Conference" poster session organized by The Nanotechnology Institute and The Energy Commercialization Institute, in the Nano-energy category:
2nd prize: "Fluorophores on Carbon Nanotubes: Possible Route to Solar Cell" by Gordon Chiu and
3rd prize: "A Novel Approach to Produce Analytically Pure Carbon Nanotubes" by Nikolay Dementev.
 
Dr. Eric Borguet received the American Chemical Society, 2009 Philadelphia Section Award. (Pictures).
October 2009
This Award recognizes an individual, "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession." Any member of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia Section, may be nominated for this award.
Dr. Hai-Lung Dai and Dr. Robert J. Levis were previous recipients of this award.
 
Dr. Dmitry Kazachkin is working for Sriya Innovations Inc (Atlanta, GA) as a Research Scientist.  October 2009
Dmitry Kazachkin, a graduate student in the Borguet group, defended his PhD dissertation on December 12, 2008.  Dmitry's dissertation  ("Investigation of chemical and adsorption properties of carbon nanotubes: building a bridge for technological applications of carbon nanotubes") considers the effects of interaction of carbon nanotubes with simple molecules under different experimental conditions.
 
Dr. Yangjun Xing successfully defended his Ph.D.  September 2009
Yangjun Xing, defended his Ph.D. dissertation and graduated in August 2009.  He will be joining Ethicon (a Johnson&Johnson company). He will work in the analytical characterization team to support the development of new products for surgical care. Congratulations Dr. Xing!  (Full text, PDF)

Gordon Chiu received EAS Student Award.  September 2009
Undergraduate student Gordon Chiu has received a Student Award from The Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS). The award recognizes scientific achievements and research talent in undergraduate students. Gordon will receive his plaque and presents his work at The Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition in November.  Congratulations Gordon!

Dr. Minato visits Borguet Group. August 2009
Dr. Taketoshi Minato, assistant professor at Tohoku University, visited Borguet group.
In his short visit, he interacted with Borguet group members to become familiar with the various research area of the group. "It was a very successful visit and I am looking forward to creating collaboration with Borguet group," he said.
 
Dr. Youn-Geun Kim, STM expert, joins Borguet Group.  July 2009
Dr. Youn-Geun Kim, a world-class expert in scanning tunneling microscopy, has joined the Borguet group as a Research Assistant Professor.  He will lead the scanning probe microscopy team in the investigation of electrochemical reactions at the single molecule level, as well as our single molecular conductivity project.  He will also help to develop new research directions and partnerships.

Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei awarded the Swern Fellowship. July 2009
Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei was awarded the Daniel Swern Fellowship for the summer of 2009. 
This Fellowship was established a few years ago as a memorial to Professor Daniel Swern, a truly distinguished member of the Fels Research Institute and Department of Chemistry.  It was designed to help outstanding graduate students as they pursue their dissertation research.  Congratulations Ali!
 
Nikolay Dementev awarded the Case Fellowship. July 2009
Nikolay Dementev was awarded the Francis H. Case Fellowship.  The award recognizes the outstanding research conducted by graduate students.  The fellowship will provide the student with partial support for the Fall semester of 2009.  Congratulations Nikolay!
 
Vivek Prakash rejoins Borguet Group.  July 2009
Vivek Prakash, a rising senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, NJ, has returned to the Borguet Group to continue research.  This will be Vivek's third summer with the Borguet Group.  He will be working on research regarding the immobilization of biomolecules on silica surfaces.
 
Gwenn Pallier joins the Borguet Group.  July 2009
Gwenn Pallier joined the Borguet group last month.  Gwenn  is currently studying at the Institute d'Optique, a graduate engineering school specializing in Optics.  She will be working with Dr. Borguet's laser group on nonlinear optics.
 
Roozbeh Ghavami becomes a member of Borguet Group.  June 2009
Roozbeh Ghavami joined the Borguet group this month.  Roozbeh has earned degrees from Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and is planning to attend medical school.  His interests include immunology and oncology.
 
Professor Jianguo Wang joins Borguet Group. June 2009
As of May 2009, the Borguet Group gained a visiting scholar, Jianguo Wang, from China.  Professor Wang has earned degrees at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and has been a professor at the College of Chemistry at Liaoning University since 2003.  Dr. Wang's research within the Borguet Group will involve   using carbon nanopipettes (CNPs) to analyze buffer capacity in cells.
 
Baofang Zhao: New Member of Borguet Group.  June 2009
Baofang Zhao has become a new member of the Borguet group, joining to do undergraduate research in May 2009.  Baofang is a rising junior at Temple University on the pre-pharmacy track and will be doing research within the field of surface chemistry, focused mainly on the biological aspects of this research.
 
Dr. Fei Li joins Borguet Group.  June 2009
Dr. Fei Li, a China native, has joined the Borguet group as of May 2009.  Dr. Li has earned an M.S. degree in Electrochemistry at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, studied at Chinese Academy of Sciences in China in 2004, and earned a Ph.D degree in Electrochemistry at University of Warwick in England in 2008.  Dr. Li's research will involve using carbon nanopipettes (CNPs) to detect bio-systems with electrochemical techniques.
 
Oleksandr Isaienko wins DAAD fellowship.  June 2009
Graduate student Oleksandr Isaienko, has received a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study and perform research in Germany. Oleksandr plans to visit the group of Professor Peter Vohringer at the University of Bonn in the fall of 2009.
 
Yangjun wins poster prize.  April 2009
Yangjun Xing was awarded second place at 2009 Student Research Poster Symposium for Best Posters.  Yangjun's poster was titled "Single Molecule Conductivity Measurement of Peptide Nucleic Acids." 
Students from all six departments were given the opportunity to present their latest research and receive feedback from judges, faculty and other students.  First place best poster winners received a $100 award and second place winners received $50.  Congrations Yangjun!
 
Gordon Chiu awarded first prize at ISCC.  April 2009
Gordon Chiu, an undergraduate student doing research in the Borguet group, won the first prize in the physical chemistry division at the Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC).  The 73rd Annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention was hosted by Franklin & Marshall College on April 18th.  Over fifty students from 16 colleges presented their research.  Gordon presented his work on the "Luminescence of Fluorophores on Carbon Nanotube Surface." 
 
Aseem Malhotra awarded Diamond Research Scholars grant.  March 2009
Aseem Malhotra was awarded the Diamond Research Scholars grant by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies for the project titled "Novel Piezoelectric Microcantilever Sensor to recognize HER2 Antigens for Breast Cancer Detection."  The scholarship is awarded to Temple students for extensive research in a field of choice for a ten-week period during the summer.
 
Dmitry Kazachkin is now Dr. Dmitry Kazachkin.
Dmitry, a graduate student from Borguet group, defended his PhD dissertation on December 12, 2008.  Dmitry's work on "Investigation of chemical and adsorption properties of carbon nanotubes: building a bridge for technological applications of carbon nanotubes" considers aspects of interaction of carbon nanotubes with simple molecules under different experimental conditions.
 
Dmitry Kazachkin awarded the Best Poster Award at Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley.
Dmitry Kazachkin presented "Using Temperature Programmed Desorption for the Investigation of Solvent Interactions with Carbon Materials. Revealing the Pressure Gap" by Dmitry V. Kazachkin, Xue Feng, Radisav Vidic, and Eric Borguet, at the Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley (TAFDV) on December 10, 2008 in Claymont, DE and was awarded "The Best Poster Prize Award, 3rd place" prize.

Nikolay Dementev and Andrii Buvailo also presented the following posters:
"Using Temperature Programmed Desorption for the Investigation of Solvent Interactions with Carbon Materials. Revealing the Pressure Gap" by Dmitry V. Kazachkin, Xue Feng, Radisav Vidic, and Eric Borguet
"Recent achievements in the purification of carbon nanotubes: dynamic annealing in air" Nikolay Dementev and Eric Borguet
"Thermal study of hydrogen desorption from the surface of Pd deposited on multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)" by Andrii Buvailo, Dmitry Kazachkin, Nikolay Dementev, and Eric Borguet
Last year Nikolay Dementev won the first prize at TAFDV meeting.
 
Gordon Chiu awarded grant for upcoming project.  March 2009
Gordon Chiu has been awarded the Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program grant from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies for a project entitled: "Carbon Nanotube Based Solar Cell."   
This project is scheduled for September 2009, when Gordon returns from his Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
 
Andrii Buvailo awarded Poster Prize at ACS Poster Session.  January 2009
Andrii Buvailo, a visiting graduate student in the Borguet Group, was awarded one of the poster prizes in the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Ninth Annual Graduate Student and Fourth Annual Undergraduate Poster Session which was held on January 22, 2009 at Temple University.  Andrii's poster described his research on the creation and study of adsorption-semiconductor gas sensors and their application for hydrogen detection, which has developed as a collaboration between his home institution (National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv) and Temple.
Congratulations, Andrii!

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NEWS: 2008

Oleksandr Isaienko awarded an Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the College of Science & Technology.
Oleksandr Isaienko, a graduate student in the Borguet Group, has been awarded an Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the College of Science and Technology for his research in the field of interfacial nonlinear optical spectroscopy  and the development of ultra-broadband IR sources.
The award is presented to a handful of graduate students who are nominated for their distinguished achievements in their research.  Congratulations, Oleksandr!

Former group member, Satoshi Nihonyanagi, is a proud new father.
Satoshi Nihonyanagi made it just in time to be present for the birth of his daughter, Rei.  He was in Wako when he heard the news, and flew to the hospital in Sapporo where his wife was located.  Rei was born in Sapporo at 2:00 in the afternoon on November 16th and is in good health, as well as the mother.

Thanksgiving Weekend DimSum party.
Some new Temple Chemistry graduate students and faculty join Borguet group member for DimSum in Philadelphia's historic Chinatown

Qunhui Yuan, post-doctoral fellow, joins Borguet Group.
Qunhui Yuan is a post-doctoral fellow from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), where she received her PhD in the study of super molecules self-assemblies with scanning probing microscope (SPM).  In November 2008 she joined the Borguet Group and will focus her research on SPM study of nano-scale self-assemble behavior and dynamics at solid interfaces and Acoustic Wave Sensors.

Habibe Durmaz, graduate student from Turkey, joins Borguet Group.
Habibe Durmaz Ates is an international master student from Konya, Turkey majoring in the field of nanoimaging at Temple University.  In October 2008 she joined the Borguet Group to further her knowledge in the field of nanotechnology.

Dr. Eric McAuthur, former Borguet Lab undergrad gets PhD.
Dr. Eric A. McArthur, formerly an undergraduate researcher in the Borguet laboratory from 2000-2003, successfully defended his dissertation on July 22, 2008.  Eric's dissertation work "Time-Resolved Second Harmonic Generation Studies at Aqueous Liquid Interfaces" investigated molecular photophysics and photochemstry in theses unique environments.  The research was carried out under the guidance of Professor Ken Eisenthal at Columbia University in New York City.

Andrii Buvailo, visiting graduate student from Ukraine, joins Borguet Group.

Dr. Robert Giuliano, professor at Villanova University to spend part of his sabbatical with Borguet Group.

Sean Keuleyan heads to Chicago for graduate school.
Graduated in May 2008, Sean is now studying toward his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago and intends to pursue a career in academics, continuing the research and educational practices he's picked up from his time in the Borguet Group.

Allison Pymer heads to the west for graduate school.
Allison graduated with her B.S. in Chemistry from Temple University in May 2008.  This fall she will begin her adventures in the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, researching with a yet-to-be determined group in the Physical Chemistry Division of the College of Chemistry. Barring any unforeseen natural disasters during the next few years, Allison plans on enjoying the locally-grown produce and excellent weather that the region has to offer.

High school student, Vivek Prakash, studies with Borguet Group.
Vivek Prakash is a 16 year-old high school student at Bridgewater Raritan in New Jersey, and is completing his internship with the Borguet Group. He is a part of the Physician Science Training Program and will be here for two months. Vivek, who's here for his second summer as an intern, works one-on-one with Borguet Group researcher Ali Eftekhari and studies self assembled monolayers.

Summer students Richard Ronca and Gordon Chiu join Borguet Carbon Group.
Richard Ronca and Gordon Chiu just joined the Borguet Carbon Group this past May. Their studies focus on:
Identification and Quantification of Functional Groups   on C-materials (SWCNTs, MWCNTs, Carbon Blacks, ...
Purification of Carbon Nanotubes  (improving old protocols, searching for the new and better ones)
Optical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes  (Visible Luminescence of CNTs: its origin and  tunability)
Separation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes  (separating semiconducting SWCNTs from metallic SWCNTs) 
Interaction of Simple Molecules with Carbon Materials (applications for sensing, separations, ...)
Thermal Stability of Carbon Materials and, Vibrational Spectroscopy of Carbon Materials

Guillaume Lamour visits Borguet Group from Paris France.
Guillaume Lamour is a research student from the University of Paris Descartes, France. He is Cellular and Molecular Biophysics PhD candidate and will be studying with the Borguet Group for three months.  Guillaume's work focuses on  neuronal cell adhesion and in his research, he hopes to improve his global understanding of surface chemistry.

Sean Keuleyan awarded Richard Asher Paclin Memorial Prize from the College of Science & Technology. May 2008
Sean Keuleyan, graduate of Chemistry from the Borguet Group has been awarded the Richard
Asher Paclin Memorial Prize from the College of Science & Technology at Temple University.
The award was established in 1974 by Estelle and Martin Paclin, Law '32, the parents of Richard Asher Paclin, CST
'73, who demonstrated exceptional achievements. The Paclin award is presented to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated superior academic success in the chemistry program. The award recipient is determined
by the Department of Chemistry, and is expedited through an awards ceremony held on graduation day.
Congratulations Sean!

Taro Uematsu, visiting Ph.D. student from Osaka University spends three months in the Borguet Group.
Taro, a visiting student from the Kubawata group at Osaka University of Japan, was in the group from January to March 2008.  His research was in the non linear optics team where he became familiar with the laser spectroscopy, in  particular ultrafast surface spectroscopy. In return Taro taught us about semiconductor nanocrystals, a topic of possible collaboration between our groups.

Borguet Group presentations at Ultrafast Phenomena XVI.
Two papers from the Borguet group have been accepted for presentation at the XVI International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena (UP 2008):
"Ultra-Broadband Infrared Pulses from a Potassium-Titanyl Phosphate Optical Parametric Amplifier for VIS-IR-SFG Spectroscopy" by Oleksandr Isaienko and Eric Borguet, and
"Ultrafast time and frequency domain vibrational dynamics of the CaF2/H2O interface" by Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei, Satoshi Nihonyanagi and Eric Borguet
The Ultrafast Phenomena Conference is recognized as the major international meeting on the rapidly evolving field of ultrafast science and technology.  The UP 2008 conference will be held June 9-13 2008 at the Convention Centre in Stresa, Lago Maggiore, Italy. 
For more information about the UP 2008 conference, please visit: http://www.ultraphenomena.org/

Ultrabroadband (>2500 cm-1) near-IR OPA to be presented at CLEO 2008.
"Near-Infrared Non-Collinear Optical Parametric Amplification in Bulk Potassium-Titanyl Phosphate with >2500 cm-1 Bandwidth" by Oleksandr Isaienko and Eric Borguet has been accepted for an oral presentation at the 2008 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).  The talk has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 5:15 PM.
The CLEO conference is conducted every year and it focuses on the latest fundamental and technological achievements in the field of lasers and electro-optics.  CLEO 2008 will be held in conjunction with Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) on May 4-9, 2008 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA
For more information about the CLEO 2008 conference, please visit: http://www.cleoconference.org/

Dr. Lindsay Bombalski, former undergraduate researcher in the Borguet group, earns PhD in Chemistry.
Dr. Lindsay Bombalski, former Borguet Group undergraduate student, graduated with her PhD in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. She will begin a postdoc fellowship at the National Energy Research Laboratory (NETL) on Feb 4th.  Her research will focus on pollutant capture and alternative energies.

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NEWS: 2007

Nikolay Dementev wins First Prize for Poster at TAFDV. December 2007
Nikolay Dementev won first prize for his poster at the Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley poster session, on December 6, 2007 in  Claymont, DE.
Nikolay Dementev and Dmitry Kazachkin presented the following  posters:
"Thermoanalysis as a tool for the evaluation of chemical composition, purity and purification protocols of carbon nanotubes," by Nikolay Dementev, Dmitry Kazachkin, and Eric Borguet and, "TPD-MS analysis of carbon materials: temperature induced chemistry" by Dmitry V. Kazachkin, Nikolay Dementev, Radisav Vidic, and Eric Borguet

Dr. Vasiliy Fomenko, Borguet Group PhD, appointed Senior Scientist at Landauer. November, 2007
Dr. Vasiliy Fomenko, a Borguet Group PhD graduate, accepted a position as Senior Scientist at Landauer, a leader in radiation monitoring. Landauer launched a new research initiative to develop technology for  volumetric optical data storage. Dr. Fomenko will use his skills in optics and materials in development of new products.
Congratulations Vasiliy!  Good luck with your new responsibilities!

Graduate Student Yangjun Xing Presents "Getting Wired, One Molecule at a Time!  Charge Transfer through Single Molecules" for Chemistry After Dark. October 2007
On October 25, 2007 @ 6:30pm in Buery Hall Room 413, Yangjun Xing presented "Getting Wired, One Molecule at a Time! Charger Transfer through Single Molecules." His talk inspired so many questions that the one hour talk was extended to almost two hours.  Yangjun managed to finish the talk after two bottles of beer. (Yes, you read correctly, BEER!) 
Chemistry After Dark Symposiums are research talks given by graduate students in Chemistry for other graduate students in Chemistry. Chemistry After dark is organized by Kurt Kistler. 
The purpose of the Symposium is to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for students to learn about the hottest research going on in the chemistry department, and for speakers to learn how to give a research talk to a wide and varied audience.

Dr. Satoshi Nihonyanagi Awarded PCCP Research Prize for Ultrafast Interfacial Dynamics Research. October, 2007

Elom Amoussou-Kpeto Double Recipient of the 2007-08 Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry as well as the Beau and Shirley Brown Scholarship in Chemistry. Fall 2007
Elom Amoussou-Kepto, an undergraduate research student with the Borguet Group and potential MD/PhD candidate, has been selected as the senior double recipient of the 2007-08   The Hazel M. Tomlinson, PhD Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry and Beau and Shirley Brown Scholarship in Chemistry.
Elom is also the recipient of the Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science for  2007-08

Dr. Xue Feng Takes New Position with Compliance Management International. Summer 2007
Former group member, Dr. Xue Feng has taken a new job with Compliance Management International as an Environmental Compliance Engineer.  CompliancePlace.com

Borguet Group Publishes Study of Molecular Level Charge Transfer Reactions. August 2, 2007

Birth Announcement - Yangjun and Xue, July 5, 2007
Graduate student, Yangjun Xing, and his wife Dr. Xue Feng are proud to announce the birth of their second child.
At about 3am on July 5, 2007, baby Hua Xing was born 9lb 13oz.

Dr. Borguet Travels to Japan as Visiting Fellow. June 2007
Eric Borguet was selected as a visiting fellow by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This fellowship is designed to allow senior scientists to pursue collaborative research in Japanese universities. In June, Dr. Borguet traveled to Japan and presented seminars at several Japanese universities and research institutes as well as gave an invited talk at the International Conference on Electrified Interfaces in Sahoro, Hokkaido. Previous Temple recipients of this fellowship include College of Science and Technology Dean Hai-Lung Dai and chemistry Professors Franklin A. Davis and Scott Sieburth.

Dr. Kramer Campen Graduates with PhD. May 2007
On May 29th, 2007 Kramer Campen defended his PhD, titled "From Angstroms to Microns: Studies of Interfaces and Macromolecules with Geochemical Implications using Computational and Nonlinear Optical Tools," in the Department of Geosciences at Penn St.  Starting in August he will be a post doctoral researcher at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam where he will study the physical chemistry of the membrane/lipsome/water and mineral/water interfaces and continue his habit, well established in his years in the Borguet group, of being the only geochemist in the building.

Borguet Group Receives $500,000 NSF Grant to Study Molecular Wires. April, 2007
Chemistry's Eric Borguet has received nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation as part of a $2 million collaborative effort to study how electronic charge moves through Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA).

Alumni Birth Announcement! - Dora Bodlaki
Group alumna, Dr. Dora Bodlaki-Peelen, and her husband Dr. Tim Peelan are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Anna Rose Peelen.  Dora graduated with a Ph.D. from our group in 2003.

Borguet Group Members Present at PurdueUniversity.
At the 2007 Chautauqua on Non Linear Optics at Purdue University, 3 members of the Borguet group were participants. Each student gave a brief presentation on their area of interest. Oleksandr Isaienko presented on "Broadband Optical Parametric Amplifiers: Tools for Ultrafast Non-Linear Optical Studies," Allison Pymer presented on "Nonlinear Optical Studies of Colloidal Particle Interfaces" and Ali Eftekhar-Bafrooei presented on "Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of Molecular Interfaces."
Members of the group were also allotted time to break up into groups with other students, work on problems, compare notes, and tour Ji-Xin Cheng's NLO Imaging Laboratory in Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

Elom Amoussou-Kepto, Borguet Group Member, recipient of the 2007-08 Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science.
Elom Amoussou-Kepto,  an undergraduate research student with the Borguet Group, has been selected as the senior recipient of the 2007-08  Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science.  According to the Cosby Scholarship Selection committee, his "academic achievement and supporting faculty letter were notable and impressive. The pool of talented candidates this year was strong, and the selection committee was faced with a difficult challenge in choosing from among many worth candidates."

Catherine Faler, Borguet Group undergraduate 2002, earns PhD from University of Pennsylvania.
Catherine Faler did undergraduate research in the Borguet group from 1999 to 2001. She is a co-author on Second Harmonic Generation from Chemically Modified Ge(111) Interfaces. She defended her dissertationthesis is "Synthesis and Applications of Cyclopropylamines and Cyclopropanols from a Ti-Mediated Cyclopropanation" She has accepted a research position with ExxonMobil, in their chemical catalysis group in Houston.

Tao Ye, Borguet Group PhD 2003, to take a faculty position at UC Merced July 1st, 2007. GOOD LUCK TAO!

Borguet Group Students win Awards at American Chemical Society Annual Meeting.
Ali Eftekhari-Bafrooei - Graduate student
Poster on "Ultrafast Vibrational Dynamics at Water Interfaces by Sum-Frequency Generation" (co-authors Satoshi Nihonyanagi and Eric Borguet)
Yangjun Xing - Graduate student
Poster on "Two Dimensional Charge Diffusion in a Self-Assembled Monolayer of Redox Active Porphyrins" (co-author Eric Borguet)
Allison Pymer - Undergraduate student
Poster on "Nonlinear Optical Studies of Mesoscopic Colloidal Particle Surface Charge" (co-authors R. Kramer Campen, Satoshi Nihonyanagi, and Eric Borguet)

Elom Amoussou-Kepto, Borguet Group Member, recipient of the Brown Scholarship in Chemistry.
Elom Amoussou-Kepto, an undergraduate research student with the Borguet Group and potential MD/PhD candidate, has been selected as the senior double recipient of the 2007-08   The Hazel M. Tomlinson, PhD Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry and Beau and Shirley Brown Scholarship in Chemistry.  
Elom is also the recipient of the Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science for  2007-08

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NEWS: 2006

Fuyou Nagayama, a high school student and member of Borguet Group, wins multiple science fair awards.
Fuyuo Nagayama, a high school student and member of the Borguet Group, is proud to announce winning a 2nd place award in Chemistry at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Fair held on May 14th-16th 2006. Fuyou also received the Junior Award from Pennsylvania Science Talent Search. This is not the first time he has participated and been awarded for his contribution to science. Nagayama won first place in chemistry at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair in February of 2006, first place in Physics along with a special award from the NAVY at the George Washington Carver Science Fair held in March of 2006, and received a 2nd place award in Physics in the Delaware Valley Science Fair held in April 2006 along with a scholarship to attend the University of Science in Philadelphia.

Allison Pymer awarded first place at the 70th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Conference.
Allison Pymer was awarded first place in the Physical I division at the 70th Annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention (ISCC) for her presentation, "Using ultrafast lasers for nonlinear optical studies of mesoscopic particles in solution," which described the application of second harmonic generation (SHG) to probe properties such as surface charge density.  The ISCC is a yearly gathering of undergraduate students from fifteen regional colleges who present talks in physical, organic, analytical, and inorganic chemistry.  ISCC link:
http://academic.ursinus.edu/isc/

Allison Pymer awarded Temple University's Henry A. Sloviter Student Research Award in Chemistry.
Allison Pymer was awarded the Henry A. Sloviter Research Award in Chemistry was awarded to Allison Pymer at the 2006 Temple University College of Science and Technology awards banquet.  The Henry A. Sloviter Research Award in Chemistry, established by alumnus Dr. Henry A. Sloviter, is made annually to "an outstanding sophomore or junior Chemistry major to support and encourage excellence in laboratory research."
Sloviter: http://www.chem.temple.edu/main/awards/Awards.asp

Allison K. Pymer won Philadelphia Section Award for poster presentation at Research Conference.

Kyoungja Seo's Nanolithography research featured in Chemical & Engineering News and Nanotechnology Now News.

Graduate lands local job.
Dr. Xue Feng, a Ph. D. graduate, has landed her first job. Currently she is working as Environmental and Process Control Analyst at Union Packaging, LLC in Philadelphia.

Graduate student Xue Feng has graduated with Ph.D.
Xue Feng, leader of our Carbon group, defended her dissertation in December.
"Application of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes In Environmental Engineering: Adsorption and Desorption of Environmentally Relevant Species Studied by Infrared Spectroscopy and Temperature Programmed Desorption"
Dr. Feng, who was co-advised by Professor Radisav Vidic, was awarded a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her work resulted in a number of publications. A few more are in preparation.

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NEWS: 2005 >>

Borguet Group Publishes Study of Chemical Sensing with Carbon Nanotubes.

New high power, tunable Femtosecond laser installed.
We have improved the capability of our optics group by installing high power femtosecond laser (Integra-E) and a commercial Optical Parametric Amplifier (OPA). The Integra-E from Quantronix delivers 3.5mJ at 1 kHz. The TOPAS produces Signal(S)+Idler(I) in the range of 1.1-2.6um with peak  at 1.5μm having 900mW power. S-I Difference Frequency Generation (DFG) produces mid-IR pulses ranging from 2.7-15um with peak energy at 3.4um having 40uJ .

Group move from Univ. of Pittsburgh to Temple, Philadelphia.

Birth Announcement (Yangjun and Xue).
Graduate students, Yangjun Xing and Xue Feng are pleased to announce the birth of their first baby, Ai Tian Xing.  She was born on July 25, 2005, 8 lbs, 3 ounces and 52 cm.

SWNT research of graduate student Xue Feng featured in TempleTimes.
Presence of oxygen on carbon nanotubes enhances interaction with ammonia
SWNT(Single-walled Carbon Nanotube) research of graduate student Xue Feng is featured in Temple Times
http://www.temple.edu/temple_times/7-14-05/nanotubes.html
It is also reported in Chemical and Engineering News.
Link to the paper: Sensitivity of Ammonia Interaction with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Bundles to the Presence of Defect Sites and Functionalities

Emerson International Scholar to join the Borguet group this summer!
Hai Le, an undergraduate student from Hartwick College, will also be joining the Borguet lab group this summer. Hai was awarded the Emerson International Internship Scholarship to research in the area of chemistry.

Three Diamond Scholars join the Borguet group!
This year, three recipients of the Temple University's Diamond Research Scholarship program will be joining the Borguet lab group. These three undergraduate recipients are Alison Pymer, Kishwer Vikaas, and Daniel Ritterbeck.

Birth Announcement (Nikolay Dementev).
Graduate student, Nikolay Dementev is pleased to announce the birth of his first child, born on April 2005.
Nikolay joined in our group in August 2004.

Alumni Birth Announcement (Dora Bodlaki).
Group alumna, Dr. Dora Bodlaki-Peelen, and her husband Dr. Tim Peelan are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Daniel Akos Peelen, born on 02-05-05 5AM.
Dora graduated with a Ph.D. from our group in 2003. She will be taking up a faculty position at Lebanon Valley College this Fall.

C&E N -- Shiny Labels for Surface Molecules.

C&E N -- Molecules Array when Surface is just Right.

Laser focus world -- SHG lights path toward molecular electronics.

Optics & Photonics News -- Nonquadratic Second-Harmonic Generation at Interfaces.

C&E N -- Monolayer photoreactivity revisited.

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