Sandra Engelskirchen is associate at MERH-IP qualified as a German patent attorney and as representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). She is currently in the process of qualifying as a representaive before the European Patent Office (EPO).
Sandra studied chemistry at the University of Cologne specializing in nuclear chemistry and physical chemistry. She received her PhD on “the physico-chemical principles of water-based degreasing of animal skins”. In 2007, her thesis was awarded with the promotion price of the section detergent chemistry of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. During her studies she stayed at the Yokohama National University for a three-month research period as a DAAD scholar working on rheological properties of micellar systems. As an additional qualification, she visited the European School on Scattering Methods applied to Soft Matter of the Institute Laue Langevin in Bombannes, France.
After having received her PhD, Sandra Engelskirchen worked as a laboratory manager R&D for the Elastogran GmbH. During her academic career, she worked as a scientific assistant at the University of Cologne, the Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria and the University Stuttgart before she was appointed as a lecturer for physical chemistry at Durham University, UK. She worked on research projects in the area of complex fluids, in particular microemulsions and liquid crystals, as well as hierarchically organized systems with applications in the area of alternative fuels, plant protection and biocatalysis. As a research method she applied especially scattering methods (light, X-rays and neutrons). Her teaching experience encompasses lectures on complex fluids and basics of electrochemistry as well as tutorials in physical chemistry.
At MERH-IP her practise covers anorganic chemistry, electrochemistry and biochemistry.