#05 - Physicist Melanie Budde (PDI): developing new materials and finding passion for teaching

The guest of the fifth episode of the Marthe Vogt Podcast is physicist Melanie Budde, who had recently completed her doctoral research at the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) and made a decision to continue her career outside the academic research. In this episode she reflects about her own doctoral experience and shares some tips on how to make your PhD time as smooth and positive as possible and take the most of it for the future.



Melanie studied Nanotechnology with a focus on semiconductor and physics at the Leibniz University Hannover. After her master she moved to Berlin to start her Ph.D. thesis on the MBE growth and doping of p-type oxides at the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI). The thesis is embedded in the Leibniz ScienceCampus “GraFOx” which connects multiple research partners with the shared goal to increase the knowledge in oxide materials.

Her focus lies on the fundamental research of the materials. This mainly involves the growth of high crystal quality thin films and their electrical properties. As part of her work at PDI she was able to get first insights into science communication which changed her career path. Now she would like to become a physics teacher after she defended her thesis.

Listen the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts

Podcast moderator and editor: Natalia Stolyarchuk.

Kai Hablizel (PDI/GraFOx)