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Dr. Katharina Brassat

Trainee Patent Attorney

PhD in Physics, Paderborn University; M.Sc. in Chemistry, Paderborn University



Katharina joined Maucher Jenkins in 2021 and is working towards qualification as a European and German patent attorney. She holds a PhD in physics and a M.Sc. in Chemistry. Her technical fields of expertise are nanotechnology, chemistry, physics, life sciences and biotechnology.


Prior to this, Katharina worked as materials scientist at Paderborn University, where she was responsible for several research projects in the areas of nanotechnology, polymer chemistry and analytical surface science. Katharina cooperated with national and international partners on interdisciplinary applied research in bionanotechnology (protein coatings, DNA origamis), semiconductor physics (nanolithography), opto-electronics (structured electrodes, quantum dots) and mechanical engineering (additive manufacturing).


Katharina actively contributed to the international research community by taking part in and organizing conferences and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals. She led an international group of bachelor and master students and gave higher education lectures, tutorials and was distinguished for training sessions she gave on communication. She was a board member in various academic administrative units and was engaged in promoting diversity in the STEM fields. Currently, Katharina is a member of Women in IP which seeks to support women in intellectual property through networking events and informative seminars.


Katharina will continue working as scientific consultant for a nanotech industry project at Paderborn University. She is also pursuing an online master track program on “Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” from the business school HEC Paris.


Special projects at university:


  • Guest editor for mdpi polymers.
  • Awarded with the ‘Best honoured PhD Thesis 2018’ price by the executive board of Paderborn University.
  • Awarded with the ‘Teaching Award for early career scientists 2020’ price by the higher education board of Paderborn University for innovative teaching.
  • Selected for the participation in ‘70th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting 2020’ for interdisciplinary research.
  • Obtained certificate ‘Professional competences for academic teaching’, Netzwerk Hochschuldidaktik NRW.
  • Reviewer for several scientific journals.
  • Memberships: European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Deutsche physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker (GdCh), VAA Führungskräfte Chemie.


Interests outside work:


In her spare time, Katharina likes to visit art museums and enjoys going to the theatre. She loves to travel and relaxes by doing yoga.




  • Student acceptance and perception of relevance of a discipline specific workshop on ‘Scientific oral presentations in physics’, A. B. Bauer, M. D. Sacher, K. Brassat, die hochschullehre 6, 139 (2020) (corresponding author)
  • Characterisation of the PS-PMMA interfaces in microphase-separated block copolymer thin films by analytical (S)TEM, J. Bürger, V. Kunnathully, D. Kool, J. K. N. Lindner, K. Brassat, nanomaterials 10, 141 (19 pp) (2020) (corresponding author)
  • INVITED REVIEW: Nanoscale block copolymer self-assembly and microscale polymer film dewetting: Progress in understanding the role of interfacial energies in the formation of hierarchical nanostructures, K. Brassat, J. K. N. Lindner, Special Issue: Bottom-up micro/nanostructures, Adv. mat. interfaces, 1901565 (2019) (co-corresponding author)
  • Understanding film thickness-dependent block copolymer self-assembly by controlled polymer dewetting on pre-patterned surfaces, K. Brassat, D. Kool, C. G. A. Nallet, J. K. N. Lindner, Adv. Mater. Interf., in press (2019) (co-corresponding author)
  • Modification of block copolymer lithography mask by O2/Ar plasma treatment: Insights from lift off experiments, nanopore etching and free membranes, K. Brassat, D. Kool, J. K. N. Lindner, Nanotechnology 30, 225302 (2019) (co-corresponding author)
  • PhD thesis: Surface nanopatterning by self-assembly techniques: Nanosphere- and block copolymer lithography, K. Brassat, Paderborn University 2018
  • Hierarchical nanopores by block copolymer lithography on surfaces of different materials pre-patterned by nanosphere lithography, K. Brassat, D. Kool, J. Bürger, J. K. N. Lindner, Nanoscale 10, 10005 - 10017 (2018) (co-corresponding author)
  • On the adsorption of DNA origami nanostructures in nanohole arrays, K. Brassat*, S. Ramakrishnan*, J. Bürger, M. Hanke, M. Doostdar, J. K. N. Lindner, G. Grundmeier, A. Keller, Langmuir 34, 14757-14765 (2018)
  • Easily accessible protein nanostructures via enzyme mediated addressing, A. A. Rüdiger, K. Brassat, J. K. N. Lindner, W. Bremser, O. I. Strube, Langmuir 34, 4264 (2018)
  • A Novel Lubricant Based on Covalent Functionalized Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots, A. Wolk, M. Rosenthal, S. Neuhaus, K. Huber, K. Brassat, J. K. N. Lindner, R. Grothe, G. Grundmeier, W. Bremser, R. Wilhelm, Scientific reports 8, 5843 (2018)
  • 2D switchable blue phase gratings manufactured by nanosphere lithography, M. Wahle, K. Brassat, J. Ebel, J. Bürger, J. K. N. Lindner, H.-S. Kitzerow, Optics Express 25(19), 22608 (2017)
  • Low-voltage DNTT-based thin-film transistors and inverters for flexible electronics, T. Meyers, F. F. Vidor, K. Brassat, J. K. N. Lindner, U. Hilleringmann, Microelectronic Engineering 174, 35 (2017) 
  • A template-assisted self-organization process for the formation of a linear arrangement of pairs of metallic tips, K. Brassat, J. K. N. Lindner, MRS Proceedings 1663, mrsf13-1663-ww04-09 (2014)
  • COVER ARTICLE: Self-organization of nanospheres in trenches on silicon surfaces, K. Brassat, F. Assion, U. Hilleringmann, J. K. N. Lindner, Physica Status Solidi A 210 (8), 1485-1489 (2013)
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