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Elizabeth Hynes

Elizabeth Hynes

Trainee patent attorney
I am a trainee patent attorney in the mechanical engineering sector. During my experimental physics doctoral research I worked with engineers on developing new materials for use in organic electronics.


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Semiconductor topographies
  • Optics
  • Mechanical Engineering

I am a part-qualified UK patent attorney and also training to become a European patent attorney. I have experience in patent drafting, prosecution and opposition as well as providing infringement opinions and freedom to operate analysis.

My PhD was interdisciplinary in nature. My research involved materials science, chemistry, thermodynamics, optics and varied instrumentation. I had the pleasure of performing experiments using X-ray and neutron beams in both France and the UK. The X-rays were generated by a particle accelerator and the neutrons by a nuclear reactor. This was followed by analysing data to get a picture of the interior of polymer films that I fabricated in a chemistry lab.

I enjoy seeing when physics becomes an innovation and understanding the technical details of your invention.

Having a foundation in the physical theories underlying mechanical engineering gives me a fresh perspective.


Training & Education

  • BSc Theoretical Physics- University College Dublin
  • PhD Experimental Materials Physics- Swansea University
  • PGCert Intellectual Property- Bournemouth University


  • E. L. Hynes et al., Interfacial width and phase equilibrium in polymer-fullerene thin-films, Nature Communications Physics (2019)
  • E. L. Hynes et al. Liquid-liquid equilibrium in polymer-fullerene mixtures; an in-situ neutron reflectivity study, Soft Matter (2020)
  • Elizabeth L. Hynes, Mixing and Interfacial Composition in Polymer/Fullerene Thin Films, Cronfa (2018)