Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019
  • B.S., Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014
Professional Honors
  • Georgia Institute of Technology William Emerson Outstanding Service Award, 2018
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Sepcic Pfeil Ph.D. Fellowship Award for Innovative Research, 2018
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Center for the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and Interfaces (STAMI) Graduate Student Fellow, 2018
  • Society of Plastic Engineers Color and Appearance Division Scholar, 2017
  • Georgia Institute of Technology President’s Fellow, 2014-2018
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute William Pitt Mason Prize, 2014
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leadership Award, 2010-2014

Dr. Pittelli is a formally trained chemist specializing in polymer science, polymer processing, and electrochemistry. She has extensive knowledge of the structure-property relationships of polymeric materials, including characterization techniques such as atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electrical conductivity measurements, and grazing-incidence wide-angle x-ray scattering (GIWAXS). 

In addition to general polymer characterization, Dr. Pittelli specializes in material processing with experience in various solution-based methods for coating polymer films and understanding the effects of drying dynamics on polymer film properties. She is experienced in a variety of electrochemical techniques including differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, electrochemical conductance measurements and in situ spectroelectrochemistry.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Pittelli received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she conducted her doctoral research in the field of organic electronics, specifically focusing on conjugated polymers. Her thesis work demonstrated how the structure of conductive polymers can affect the charge transport properties after chemical or electrochemical doping. Through this work she developed a scalable process to construct electrochemical devices for electrochromic applications.