Marianne is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry group, having joined in 2013 as a Trainee Attorney. With extensive experience in Australian and New Zealand patent prosecution and patent portfolio management, she intuitively operationalises client objectives to enhance their capacity to leverage intellectual property assets across key international markets.
Marianne applies her skills in oppositions, drafting patent specifications, freedom to operate advice, searches in the pharmaceutical sector and monitoring third party patent applications globally.
Completing her PhD in 2010, Marianne's research involved the synthesis and characterisation of a series of novel chiral networks which may ultimately find commercial application as catalysts in reaction syntheses for the pharmaceutical industry.
Marianne went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, specialising in corrosion mitigation of metal infrastructure using rare earth-organic complexes. During this time she developed new and improved "green" corrosion inhibitors, analysing their speciation in aqueous solutions at varying pH and concentrations while also in coatings via filiform analysis. In doing so, Marianne applied techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, potentiodynamic polarisation and surface analysis using SEM and profilometry.
Marianne has also conducted extensive research in respect of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), specifically, the control and prevention of biofilm formation on metal substrates. In particular, she realised the potential for commercial application of her research in industrial and medical fields, mainly methods of corrosion control for ship hulls and surface treatments for medical prostheses. As such, she targeted her research on the development of environmentally friendly organic coatings and ionic liquids.
A member of RACI, AusBiotech, and the Australian Corrosion Association, Marianne has also published her work in a number of high impact journals and presented her research at a number of national and international conferences, including the 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Prague 2012, Eurocorr 2012 in Istanbul and the 5th Australasian Symposium on Ionic Liquids (ASIL-5) 2012.
Marianne is a registered Australian Patent Attorney.