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Melanie Dieterlen

University of Pittsburgh
PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh 2019 - present
Physics; Condensed Matter Experiment
Bachelor of Science, University of Louisville 2015 - 2018
Applied Physics

My current PhD research is focused on Nanoscale THz Spectroscopy of Electrically Gated Nanomaterials. Utilizing the unique properties of LAO/STO and a state-of-the-art home-built ultrafast spectrometer, I probe the optical and electrical properties of various nanomaterials such as Graphene Nanoribbons (GNRs). The aim is to create a localized single electron state in a Graphene Nanoribbon to be used as a spin qubit. We are also collaborating with Dr. Fullerton's group at the University of Pittsburgh; Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering to study monolayer electrolytes for possible applications in memory.


  • Chair of PQI Student Seminar Committee
  • Member of PQI Steering Committee
  • 2022-2023 PQI Fellow
  • PQI 2021 Best Poster Award
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of A&S Predoctoral Fellowship 2020
Recent Publications

Effect of UV treatment on the properties of ulta-thin indium tin oxide films during growth and after deposition by cavity ring-down spectroscopy
Shadi Alnaanah, Aymen Qatamin, Melanie Dieterlen, Sergio Mendes
Optics Continuum; Vol. 1, No. 12; 15 Dec 2022