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Erika Robert

Erika Robert

Trainee patent attorney
I joined NLO in January 2019 as a trainee patent attorney in the sector of physics and mechanics. As a researcher I previously gained experience in semiconductors, solar cells together with various synthesis methods and characterisation techniques.


  • Physics
  • Semiconductors
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials science
  • Thin-film solar cells

Always interested in the get-together of different cultures, countries and foreign languages I decided early that my interest in science should take me abroad and really make this path my own. Thus when I decided to study physics where I grew up in France, I joined a trinational study program (the Saar-Lor-Lux program) where I developed both my German and English skills and got acquainted with ways of studying in Germany and Luxembourg.

I decided to carry on with a PhD research project where I was exploring novel semiconductors for thin-film solar cells. This got me in touch with innovation together with further learning and skill development, such as the use of chemistry to synthesise my samples.

I'm always interested in the get-together of different cultures, countries and foreign languages.

After my PhD I wanted to remain close to innovation in a broader context, out of the laboratory. The idea of working with patents was in my head for a while. Starting work at NLO made it a reality. Six months later I am a partly qualified UK attorney and next to the languages I know (French, English and German) I have started to learn Dutch to broaden my field of action. I am now pursuing the training to be able to draft patents and advise clients. 


  • Bsc & Msc in Physics in the Saar-Lor-Lux program involving three universities (2013): University of Luxembourg, University of Saarland (Germany) and University of Lorraine (France)
  • PhD in Physics at the University of Luxembourg (2018)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Bournemouth University)