Devika Sil


Temple University
Department of Chemistry
Beury Hall
1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 204-2368



Devika Sil was a graduate student in the group of Professor Eric Borguet at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She was born in Kolkata, India, where she spent her early years.  She has Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the West Bengal University of Technology (India) and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calcutta, India, where she investigated photo catalysis for environmental remediation.  She was the recipient of a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from the Department of Science of Technology, India (2008-2009). She joined the Sol Gel division of the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute as a JRF where she worked on the fabrication of sol-gel optical and anti-reflection coatings. She joined Temple University in January 2010 as a graduate student in the Borguet group.  She finished her doctoral studies in 2015. 

Research Interests
Plasmonics, Non-Linear Optics, Nanotechnology and Two Dimensional Materials Science

Awards and Achievements

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship (Summer 2012)
  • Travel Award (2012 Spring Meeting) (Declined)
  • American Chemical Society
  • YCC Philadelphia Honorable Mention (February 2012)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST), India 
  • Junior Research Fellowship (2008-2010)


  • D. Sil, J. Hines, U. Udeoyo, and E. Borguet, Palladium Nanoparticle-Based Surface Acoustic Wave Hydrogen Sensor, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 7(10), 5709-5714 (2015)
  • D. Sil, K. D. Gilroy, A. Niaux, A. Boulesbaa, S. Neretina, and E. Borguet, Seeing Is Believing: Hot Electron Based Gold Nanoplasmonic Optical Hydrogen Sensor, ACS Nano, 8, 7755 (2014)
  • O. Isaienko, S. Nihonyanagi, D. Sil, and E. Borguet, Observation of the Bending Mode of Interfacial Water at Silica Surfaces by Near-Infrared Vibrational Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy of the [stretch+ bend] Combination Bands, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4, 531 (2013)
  • D. Sil, R. Deb Roy, S. Jana, R. Mukherjee, S. K. Bhadra, and P. K. Biswas, Patterning of Sol Gel Thin Films by Capillary Force Assisted Soft Lithographic Technique, Journal of sol-gel Science and Technology, 59, 117 (2011)
  • D. Sil, and S. Chakrabarti, Photocatalytic degradation of PVC–ZnO Composite Film Under Tropical Sunlight and Artificial UV Radiation: A Comparative Study. Solar Energy, 84, 476 (2010)