We are studying the electronic structures of new and advanced materials. We are using synchrotron radiation to perform soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy of systems like biomaterials, superconductors and transition metal compounds.

Amy Pitman

Amy Gryba


  • University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    B.E. Engineering Physics
    May 2013
  • University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    M. Sc. Physics
    October 2015

Research Projects

Over the summers of 2011 and 2012, I have been focusing on a project studying the electronic structure of potassium-doped hydrocarbons, in particular phenanthrene and anthracene. K3:phenanthrene has been recently shown to superconduct at low temperatures, inspiring the investigation of these materials and the differences in electronic structure compared to their pure counterparts. In general, we find an introduction of lower energy states into the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) when potassium atoms are introduced to the system.


  • A. Pitman, J.A. McLeod, E. Khozmeni Sarbisheh, E.Z. Kurmaev, J. Müller, and A. Moewes,
    Electronic structure of pure, oxidized and alkali-metal doped anthracene using X-ray absorption spectroscopy
    J. Phys. Chem. C, (117), 1916-1921 (2013).