Dr. Camelia Nicoleta Borca

Camelia Borca
Camelia Borca

Beamline scientist

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Camelia N. Borca is a beamline scientist at the PHOENIX beamline. She received the Bachelor degree in Physics in 1994 from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and the Ph.D. degree in 2001 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, U.S.A. Dr. Camelia N. Borca’s doctoral studies encompass the study of fundamental processes which govern the behavior of magnetic thin film surfaces including half-metal compounds such as NiMnSb, CrO2 and Mn-doped perovskites, as well as micron-scale patterned films like Ni, Co, Fe, and Co/Pd multilayers. She acquired  extended experience with surface sensitive techniques using soft X-rays for investigations of electronic properties and element specific magnetic moments. After a two years postdoc position at JILA (University of Colorado in Boulder, U.S.A.), she joined the Institute of Imaging and Applied Optics at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in 2004, where she focused on developing novel oxide channel waveguide structures. Since 2006 she is working as a beamline scientist at the Swiss Light Source. Honors include the American Vacuum Society Graduate Research Award, U.S.A, 2000, the Material Research Society Graduate Student Award, U.S.A, 2001, and the University of Nebraska - College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Research Assistant   Award, U.S.A., 2001.

Camelia Borca's responsibilities include beamline commissioning and technical support for users, entailing setup installation, data acquisition and data processing. At the Phoenix beamline the focus is on the development of advanced synchrotron-based techniques for trace elements detection and imaging, X ray emission spectroscopy, chemical state speciation and local structure determination using micro-focused tender X-rays.

Camelis Borca's current research activities are focused on better understanding the atomistic mechanisms which influence specific properties of novel materials that are currently under investigation for future developments in energy and the environment. During the postdoc periods she used  different fabrication methods for obtaining micron-scale structures in magnetic and high refractive index layers – such as direct laser writing techniques and standard clean-room photolithographic processes. Now she is in charge of developing and refining the production process for microfluidic devices and establishing the competence for microfluidic devices for Photon Science research.

For an extensive overview we kindly refer you to our publication repository DORA.

  • Crean DE, Stennett MC, Livens FR, Grolimund D, Borca CN, Hyatt NC
    Multimodal X-ray microanalysis of a UFeO4: evidence for the environmental stability of ternary U(V) oxides from depleted uranium munitions testing
    Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. 2020; 22(7): 1577-1585. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0EM00243G
  • Du H, Courrégelongue C, Xto J, Böhlen A, Steinacher M, Borca CN, et al.
    Additives: their influence on the humidity- and pressure-induced crystallization of amorphous CaCO3
    Chemistry of Materials. 2020; 32(10): 4282-4291. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c00975
  • Fichtner V, Lange SM, Krause S, Huthwelker T, Borca CN, Schurr SL, et al.
    Microbial activity affects sulphur in biogenic aragonite
    Depositional Record. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.133
  • Geng G, Shi Z, Leemann A, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Glazyrin K, et al.
    Atomistic structure of alkali-silica reaction products refined from X-ray diffraction and micro X-ray absorption data
    Cement and Concrete Research. 2020; 129: 105958 (11 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2019.105958
  • Höltschi L, Jud F, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Villevieille C, Pelé V, et al.
    Study of graphite cycling in sulfide solid electrolytes
    Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 2020; 167(11): 110558 (10 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/aba36f
  • Kulka A, Marino C, Walczak K, Borca C, Bolli C, Novák P, et al.
    Influence of Na/Mn arrangements and P2/P'2 phase ratio on the electrochemical performance of NaxMnO2 cathodes for sodium-ion batteries
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2020; 8(12): 6022-6033. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9TA12176E
  • Louvel M, Sanchez-Valle C, Malfait WJ, Pokrovski GS, Borca CN, Grolimund D
    Bromine speciation and partitioning in slab-derived aqueous fluids and silicate melts and implications for halogen transfer in subduction zones
    Solid Earth. 2020; 11(4): 1145-1161. https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1145-2020
  • Menzi S, Knopp G, Al Haddad A, Augustin S, Borca C, Gashi D, et al.
    Generation and simple characterization of flat, liquid jets
    Review of Scientific Instruments. 2020; 91(10): 105109 (10 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0007228
  • Redel K, Kulka A, Walczak K, Plewa A, Borca CN, Molenda J
    The impact of oxygen evolution and cation migration on the cycling stability of a Li-rich Li[Li0.2Mn0.6Ni0.1Co0.1]O2 positive electrode
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2020; 8(35): 18143-18153. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA05556E
  • Vespa M, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Lothenbach B, Dähn R, Wieland E
    Structural characterisation of magnesium (sodium) aluminium silicate hydrate (M-(N)-A-S-H) phases by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy
    Applied Geochemistry. 2020; 123: 104750 (8 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2020.104750
  • Vogel C, Sekine R, Huang J, Steckenmesser D, Steffens D, Huthwelker T, et al.
    Effects of a nitrification inhibitor on nitrogen species in the soil and the yield and phosphorus uptake of maize
    Science of the Total Environment. 2020; 715: 136895 (8 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136895
  • van Veelen A, Koebernick N, Scotson CS, McKay‐Fletcher D, Huthwelker T, Borca CN, et al.
    Root induced soil deformation influences Fe, S and P: rhizosphere chemistry investigated using synchrotron XRF and XAS
    New Phytologist. 2020; 225: 1476-1490. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16242
  • Andrä M, Zhang J, Bergamaschi A, Barten R, Borca C, Borghi G, et al.
    Development of low-energy X-ray detectors using LGAD sensors
    Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. 2019; 26: 1226-1237. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519005393
  • Curti E, Xto J, Borca CN, Henzler K, Huthwelker T, Prasianakis NI
    Modelling Ra-bearing baryte nucleation/precipitation kinetics at the pore scale: application to radioactive waste disposal
    European Journal of Mineralogy. 2019; 31(2): 247-262. https://doi.org/10.1127/ejm/2019/0031-2818
  • Sava F, Borca CN, Galca AC, Socol G, Grolimund D, Mihai C, et al.
    Structural characterisation and thermal stability of SnSe\GaSb stacked films
    Philosophical Magazine. 2019; 99(1): 55-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/14786435.2018.1529442
  • Strand Ferrer J, Sandu ICA, Syversen T, Cardoso AM, Candeias A, Borca C
    Investigating colour changes in red and blue paints - a preliminary study of art materials and techniques in Edvard Munch's Old Man in Warnemünde (1907)
    In: van den Berg KJ, Bonaduce I, Burnstock A, Ormsby B, Scharff M, Carlyle L, et al., eds. Conservation of modern oil paintings. Cham: Springer; 2019:209-218. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19254-9_15
  • Xto JM, Borca CN, van Bokhoven JA, Huthwelker T
    Aerosol-based synthesis of pure and stable amorphous calcium carbonate
    Chemical Communications. 2019; 55(72): 10725-10728. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CC03749G
  • Xto J, Wetter R, Borca CN, Frieh C, van Bokhoven JA, Huthwelker T
    Droplet-based in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy cell for studying crystallization processes at the tender X-ray energy range
    RSC Advances. 2019; 9(58): 34004-34010. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA06084G
  • Xto JM, Du H, Borca CN, Amstad E, van Bokhoven JA, Huthwelker T
    Tuning the incorporation of magnesium into calcite during its crystallization from additive-free aqueous solution
    Crystal Growth and Design. 2019; 19(8): 4385-4394. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.9b00179
  • Bergamaschi A, Andrä M, Barten R, Borca C, Brückner M, Chiriotti S, et al.
    The MÖNCH detector for soft X-ray, high-resolution, and energy resolved applications
    Synchrotron Radiation News. 2018; 31(6): 11-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/08940886.2018.1528428
  • Du H, Steinacher M, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Murello A, Stellacci F, et al.
    Amorphous CaCO3: influence of the formation time on its degree of hydration and stability
    Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2018; 140(43): 14289-14299. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.8b08298
  • Fichtner V, Strauss H, Mavromatis V, Dietzel M, Huthwelker T, Borca CN, et al.
    Incorporation and subsequent diagenetic alteration of sulfur in Arctica islandica
    Chemical Geology. 2018; 482: 72-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.01.035
  • Henzler K, Fetisov EO, Galib M, Baer MD, Legg BA, Borca C, et al.
    Supersaturated calcium carbonate solutions are classical
    Science Advances. 2018; 4(1): eaao6283 (11 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aao6283
  • Meyer M, Huthwelker T, Borca CN, Meßlinger K, Bieber M, Fink RH, et al.
    In-situ spectroscopic analysis of the traditional dyeing pigment Turkey red inside textile matrix
    Journal of Instrumentation. 2018; 13(3): C03007 (6 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-0221/13/03/C03007
  • Rehanek J, Milne CJ, Szlachetko J, Czapla-Masztafiak J, Schneider J, Huthwelker T, et al.
    A compact and versatile tender X-ray single-shot spectrometer for online XFEL diagnostics
    Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. 2018; 25(1): 16-19. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577517012796
  • Sava F, Borca CN, Galca AC, Socol G, Grolimund D, Mihai C, et al.
    Thermal stress effect on the structure and properties of single and double stacked films of GeTe and SnSe
    Physica Status Solidi B: Basic Research. 2018; 255(6): 1700552 (9 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1002/pssb.201700552
  • Schmidt S, Sallard S, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Novák P, Villevieille C
    Phosphorus anionic redox activity revealed by operando P K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy on diphosphonate-based conversion materials in Li-ion batteries
    Chemical Communications. 2018; 54(39): 4939-4942. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8cc01350k
  • Ihli J, Ferreira Sanchez D, Jacob RR, Cuartero V, Mathon O, Krumeich F, et al.
    Localization and speciation of iron impurities within a fluid catalytic cracking catalyst
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2017; 56(45): 14031-14035. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201707154
  • Ihli J, Ferreira Sanchez D, Jacob RR, Cuartero V, Mathon O, Krumeich F, et al.
    Localization and speciation of iron impurities within a fluid catalytic cracking catalyst
    Angewandte Chemie. 2017; 129(45): 14219-14223. https://doi.org/10.1002/ange.201707154
  • Meyer M, Borca CN, Huthwelker T, Bieber M, Meßlinger K, Fink RH, et al.
    μ-XRF studies on the colour brilliance in ancient wool carpets
    Scanning. 2017; 2017: 6346212 (7 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6346212
  • Canulescu S, Jones NC, Borca CN, Piamonteze C, Rechendorff K, Gudla VC, et al.
    Band gap tuning of amorphous Al oxides by Zr alloying
    Applied Physics Letters. 2016; 109(9): 091902 (4 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4961941
  • Canulescu S, Borca CN, Rechendorff K, Davidsdóttir S, Pagh Almtoft K, Nielsen LP, et al.
    Optical and electrical properties of polycrystalline and amorphous Al-Ti thin films
    Applied Physics Letters. 2016; 108(14): 141909 (4 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4945769
  • Cato E, Borca C, Huthwelker T, Ferreira ESB
    Aluminium X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy analysis of discoloured ultramarine blue in 20th century oil paintings
    Microchemical Journal. 2016; 126: 18-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2015.11.021
  • Czapla-Masztafiak J, Szlachetko J, Milne CJ, Lipiec E, Sá J, Penfold TJ, et al.
    Investigating DNA Radiation Damage Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy
    Biophysical Journal. 2016; 110(6): 1304-1311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2016.01.031
  • Olieric V, Weinert T, Finke AD, Anders C, Li D, Olieric N, et al.
    Data-collection strategy for challenging native SAD phasing
    Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology. 2016; 72(3): 421-429. https://doi.org/10.1107/S2059798315024110
  • Czapla-Masztafiak J, Lis GJ, Gajda M, Jasek E, Czubek U, Bolechała F, et al.
    Determination of oxidation state of iron in normal and pathologically altered human aortic valves
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. 2015; 364: 70-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2015.04.026
  • Santomauro FG, Lübcke A, Rittmann J, Baldini E, Ferrer A, Silatani M, et al.
    Femtosecond X-ray absorption study of electron localization in photoexcited anatase TiO2
    Scientific Reports. 2015; 5: 14834 (6 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep14834
  • Silatani M, Lima FA, Penfold TJ, Rittmann J, Reinhard ME, Rittmann-Frank HM, et al.
    NO binding kinetics in myoglobin investigated by picosecond Fe K-edge absorption spectroscopy
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS. 2015; 112(42): 12922-12927. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1424446112

Magnetic and electronic structure modifications induced by surface segregation in La0.65Pb0.35MnO3 thin films

C.N. Borca, Hae-Kyung Jeong and Takashi Komesu

book chapter in Magnetic properties of solids, Editor Kenneth B. Tamayo, ISBN 978-1-60741-550-3 (2008) Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Processing and properties of thin manganite films

S. Canulescu, C.N. Borca, M. Döbeli, P. Schaaf, T. Lippert and A. Wokaun

book chapter in Magnetic properties of solids, Editor Kenneth B. Tamayo, ISBN 978-1-60741-550-3 (2008) Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Surface Segregation and Compositional Instability at the Surface of the Half Metallic Ferromagnets and Related Compounds

Hae-Kyung Jeong, A.N. Caruso, C.N. Borca

book chapter in Half-metallic Alloys - Fundamentals and Applications, Springer Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 676, pages 221-236 (2005), Edited by I. Galanakis and Peter Heinz Dederichs (ISBN: 3-540-27719-6)


The Possible Influence of Magnetic Ordering on Segregation in Ternary Alloys: TiCoSb and NiMnSb

A.N. Caruso and C.N. Borca

book chapter in Recent Research Developments in Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Vol.1, pages 33-48 (2003), Published by Transworld Research Network 37/661(2), Fort P.O., Trivandrum – 695 023 Kerala, India (ISBN 81-7895-100-2)