Elizabeth O’Connell, Ph.D.


Elizabeth O'Connell focuses her practice on patent prosecution including assisting clients with preparing and prosecuting domestic and international applications.

As a Ph.D. polymer chemist, she has technical expertise in monomer synthesis, polymer synthesis, cross-coupling techniques, and characterization of resulting materials.

Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth was graduate researcher where she performed extensive organic small molecule synthesis and polymerization in air free conditions, analyzed organic molecules with standard techniques (NMR, MS, IT, UV-Vis, DART, and LC-MS), and studied conjugated polymers. In addition, she also gave presentations of resulting materials at national and regional conferences and reviewed/summarized data for proposals, project updates and scientific journals.

Elizabeth gained a broad scientific background during her undergraduate and graduate career. She received research grants during undergrad to study invertebrates in limestone cave settings. She also did a summer research program in 2014 where she studied inorganic chromophores at the University of Memphis where she eventually received a M.S. in organometallic chemistry before moving to Knoxville to get her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee.

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Education and Honors

  • University of Tennessee (Ph.D., 2022)
    • Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry
  • University of Memphis (M.S., 2017)
    • Major: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Tennessee Tech University (B.S., 2014)
    • Major: Applied Chemistry
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