Eric Borguet




B.Sc. (1986), Maîtrise de Chimie-Physique, Université de Paris-Sud (XI-Orsay), France
Ph.D. (1993), University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University 1993-1996

Beury Hall 252

Department of Chemistry
Beury Hall 130
1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

office: 215-204-9696
fax: 215-204-9530
lab: 215-204-2368



Analytical / Environmental / Inorganic / Materials / Photonics / Physical

Research Interests

We seek to understand interfacial and nanoscale phenomena at a fundamental level, with spatial and temporal resolution sufficient to resolve the making and breaking of individual bonds. Current projects focus on:

  • * Nanoscale Dynamics at Liquid/Solid Interfaces
  • * Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and other Carbon materials
  • * Non linear Optical Studies of Interfaces
  • * Fluorescence Detection of Surface Functionality


Selected Publications

Afsari, Sepideh; Li, Zhihai; Borguet, Eric "Orientation-Controlled Single-Molecule Junctions" Angewandte Chemis-International Edition (2014), 53, 37, 9771-9774.


Sil, Devika; Gilroy, Kyle D,; Niaux, Aurelia; et al. "Seeing Is Believing: Hot Electron Based Gold Nanoplasmonic Optical Hydrogen Sensor" ACS Nano (2014), 8, 8, 7755-7762.


Dewan, Shalaka; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Bankura, Arindam; et al. "Structure of Water at Charge Interfaces: A Molecular Dynamics Study" Langmuir (2014), 30, 27, 8056-8065.


Boulesbaa, Abdelaziz; Borguet, Eric "Vibrational Dynamics of Interfacial Water by Free Inductive Decay Sum Frequency Generation (FID-SFG) at the Al2O3(1120)/H2O Interface" Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2014), 5, 3, 528-533.


Li, Zhihai; Smeu, Manuel; Asarfi, Sepideh; et al. "Single-Molecule Sensing of Environmental pH-an STM Break Junction and NEGF-DFT Approach" Angewante Chemie-International Edition (2014), 53, 4, 1098-1102.


"Generation of Sub-30-FS Microjoule Mid-Infrared Pulses for Ultrafast Vibrational Dynamics at Solid/Liquid Interfaces" Boulesbaa, A.; Isaienko, O.; Tuladhar A.; Borguet, E. Optics Letter (2013), 38, 23, 5008-5011.


"Effect of Anchoring Groups on Single Molecule Charge Transport Through Porphyrins" Li Z.; Smeu M.; Ratner MA.; Borguet E. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2013), 117, 29, 14890-14898.


"Hydrophobicity of Hydroxylated Amorphous Fused Silica Surfaces" Isaieenko O.; Borguet E. Langmuir (2013), 29, 25, 7885-7895.


"Experimental Correlation Between Interfacial Water Structure and Mineral Reactivity" Dewan S.; Yeganeh MS.; Borguet E. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2013), 4, 11, 1977-1982.


"Observation of the Bending Mode of Interfacial Water at Silica Surfaces by Near-Infrared Vibrational Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy of the [Stretch plus Bend] Combination Bands" Isaienko O.; Nihonyanagi S.; Sil D.; Borguet E. (2013), 4, 3, 531-535.


"Quasi-Ohmic Single Molecule Charge Transport through Highly Conjugated meso-to-meso Ethyne-Bridged Porphyrin Wires" Li, Z.; Park, TH.; Rawson, J.; Therien, MJ.; Borguet, E. Nano Letters (2012), 12, 6, 2722-2727.


"Determining Charge Transport Pathways through Single Porphyrin Molecules Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Break Junctions" Li, Z.; Borguet, E. Journal of the American Chemical Society (2012), 134, 1, 63-66.


"Ultra-broadband sum-frequency vibrational spectrometer of aqueous interfaces based on a non-collinear optical parametic amplifier" Isaienko, O.; Borguet, E. Optics Express (2012), 20, 1, 547-561.


"Fluorescence Quenching of Dyes Covalently Attached to Single-Walles Carbon Nanotubes." Fai, C.C.; Dementev, N.; Borguet, E. Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2011), 115, 34, 9579-9584.


"Thin Polymer film based surface acoustic wave humitidy sensors." Buvailo, A.; Yangjun, X.; Hines, J.; Borguet, E. Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical (2011), 156, 1, 444-449.


"Effect of Electric Fields on the Ultrafast Vibrational Relaxation of Water at a Charged Solid-Liquid Interface as Probed by Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation." Eftekhari-Bafrooei, A.; Borguet, E. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2011), 2, 12, 1353-1358.