Research associate
since 2019 @ Cornell University, PARADIM
2017-2019 research associate @ University of Alberta, Edmonton
2014-2017 research scientist @ Empa Dübendorf
2011-2014 postdoc @ Empa Dübendorf
2009-2010 postdoc @ University of Zurich
2008-2009 postdoc @ IFW Dresden

08/2019 – new publication – T. R. Huff, T. Dienel, M. Rashidi, R. Achal, L. Livadaru, J. Croshaw, R. A. Wolkow, “Electrostatic Landscape of a Hydrogen-Terminated Silicon Surface Probed by a Moveable Quantum Dot”, ACS Nano, ASAP (2019). – doi
07/2019 – new publication – J. Tomada, T. Dienel, F. Hampel, R. Fasel, K. Amsharov, “Combinatorial design of molecular seeds for chirality-controlled synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes”, Nature Communications 10, 3278 (2019). – doi
06/2019 – new publication – C. Sánchez-Sánchez, T. Dienel, A. Nicolaï, N. Kharche, L. Liang, C. Daniels, V. Meunier, J. Liu, X. Feng, K. Müllen, J. R. Sánchez-Valencia, O. Gröning, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, “On‐surface Synthesis and Characterization of Acene‐based Nanoribbons Incorporating Four‐membered Rings”, Chem.: Eur. J., accepted (2019). – doi
02/2019 – new preprint – T. Huff, T. Dienel, M. Rashidi, R. Achal, W. Vine, L. Livadaru, J. Croshaw, R. A. Wolkow, “Moveable Quantum Dot Probe for Detecting Near-Surface Fixed Charges” (2019). – arXiv
12/2018 – new publication – T. Huff, H. Labidi, M. Rashidi, L. Livadaru, T. Dienel, R. Achal, W. Vine, J. Pitters, R. A. Wolkow, “Binary atomic silicon logic”, Nature Electronics 1, 636-643 (2018). – doiarXiv
blog entry on Device & Materials Engineering by Nature Research: Binary Atomic Silicon Logic: Atomic Electronics From Atom-Sized Quantum Dots
YouTube video by UAlbertaScience: High-efficiency discovery drives low-power computing
10/2018 – new publication – M. Rashidi, W. Vine, T. Dienel, L. Livadaru, J. Retallick, T. Huff, K. Walus, R. A. Wolkow, “Initiating and Monitoring the Evolution of Single Electrons Within Atom-Defined Structures”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 166801 (2018). – doiarXiv
featured on Physics World,, EurekAlert!, Inside Science,, etc.
08/2018 – new preprint – S. Ng, J. Retallick, H. Nien Chiu, R. Lupoiu, M. Rashidi, W. Vine, T. Dienel, L. Livadaru, R. A. Wolkow, K. Walus, “SiQAD: A Design and Simulation Tool for Atomic Silicon Quantum Dot Circuits” (2018). – arXiv
01/2018 – new publication – M. Di Giovannantonio, O. Deniz, J. I. Urgel, R. Widmer, T. Dienel, S. Stolz, C. Sánchez-Sánchez, M. Muntwiler, T. Dumslaff, R. Berger, A. Narita, X. Feng, K. Müllen, P. Ruffieux, R. Fasel, “On-Surface Growth Dynamics of Graphene Nanoribbons: The Role of Halogen Functionalization”, ACS Nano 12 (1), 74-81 (2018). – doi
08/2017 – new publication – J. I. Urgel, H. Hayashi, M. Di Giovannantonio, C. A. Pignedoli, S. Mishra, O. Deniz, M. Yamashita, T. Dienel, P. Ruffieux, H. Yamada, R. Fasel, “On-surface synthesis of heptacene organometallic complexes” (2017). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (34), 11658-11661. – doi
7 August 2014 – Nature cover
“Under the covers (Nature revealed)”


Dr. rer. nat. in Physics (2009), University of Technology Dresden, Germany.

Diploma in Physics (2003), University of Technology Dresden, Germany.

Selected Publications

T. Dienel, A. Krause, R. Alle, R. Forker, K. Meerholz, T. Fritz, “Alkali Metal Doped Organic Molecules on Insulators: Charge Impact on the Optical Properties” (2010). Advanced Materials 22 (36), 4064-4070. – doi

T. Dienel, C. Loppacher, S.C.B. Mannsfeld, R. Forker, T. Fritz, “Growth-mode-induced narrowing of optical spectra of an organic adlayer” (2008). Advanced Materials 20 (5), 959-963. – doi

H. Proehl, T. Dienel, R. Nitsche, T. Fritz, “Formation of solid-state excitons in ultrathin crystalline films of PTCDA: From single molecules to molecular stacks” (2004). Physical Review Letters 93 (9). – doi

… a comprehensive list of publications


Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award 2011

Harry-Dember-Award 2003 of the Center for Applied Photonics Dresden – link