Steven Hannigan assists the firm in patent prosecution in areas related to chemistry and materials science. Steven supports clients of all sizes in technology spaces including nanomaterials, electrochemical devices, batteries, solar power conversion, catalytic processes, biomass conversion, environmental technologies, 3D printing, microfluidics, medical formulations, spectroscopic systems and methods, and surface coatings. His experience includes assisting with patent application preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom to operate searching and analysis, third-party submissions, invalidity opinions, patent portfolio diligence, and litigation support.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Steven completed his doctoral research at Boston University, receiving his doctorate degree in chemistry under the supervision of Professor Linda H. Doerrer.

Steven’s doctoral research focused on redox reactions of transition metal complexes with the application of improving industrial catalytic processes. Electronegative (e.g., fluorinated) alkoxide ligands were used to draw electron density away from transition metal centers, therefore allowing the metal center to access higher, reactive oxidation states. A portion of Steven’s research focused on generating reactive copper-dioxygen complexes at low temperatures, which catalytically oxidized exogenous organic substrates. This work was partially completed when Steven was a visiting researcher at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, where he worked collaboratively in the laboratory of Professor Sonja Herres-Pawlis. Steven utilized stopped-flow UV-vis spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance to characterize these reactive complexes. In addition, Steven also evaluated transition metal complexes for the electrocatalytic reduction of nitrate in water, a clean technology project that was recognized by a grant from the BU Office of Technology Development.
  • Recipient of Suffolk University’s Trustee Academic Scholarship (2018-present) 
  • Invited speaker for Fairfield University Chemistry Colloquium (2016)
  • Recipient of the Boston University Ignition Award given by the BU Office of Technology Development (2015)



Hannigan, S.F.; Arnoff, A.I.; Lum, J.S.; Rheingold, A.L.; Orth, N.; Ivanović-Burmazović, I.; Liebhäuser, P.; Rösener, T.; Stanek, J.; Hoffmann, A.; Herres-Pawlis, S.; Doerrer, L.H. “On the Way to a Trisanionic {Cu3O2} Core for Oxidase Catalysis: Evidence of an Asymmetric Trinuclear Precursor Stabilized by Perfluoropinacolate.” Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017, 23, 8212-8224.

Zeko, T.; Hannigan, S.F.; Jacisin, T.; Guberman-Pfeffer, M.J.; Falcone, E.R.; Guildford, M.J.; Szabo, C.; Cole, K.E.; Placido, J.; Daly, E.; Kubasik, M.A. “FT-IR Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations of 13C Isotopologues of the Helical Peptide Z-Aib6-OtBu.” The Journal of Physcial Chemistry B, 2014, 118, 58-68.

Hannigan, S.F.; Lum, J.S.; Bacon, J.W.; Golen, J.A.; Moore, C.; Rheingold, A.L; Doerrer, L.H. “Room Temperature Stable Organocuprate Copper(III) Complex.” Organometallics, 2013, 32, 3429-3436. (Chosen as cover of Organometallics, Volume 32, Issue 12.)

Steven enjoys watching and playing sports, reading and watching anything related to science fiction and fantasy, traveling, and trying new restaurants and foods. He is also the inventor of an issued patent.

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Steven Hannigan assists the firm in patent prosecution in areas related to chemistry and materials science. Steven supports clients of all sizes in technology spaces including nanomaterials, electrochemical devices, batteries, solar power conversion, catalytic processes, biomass conversion, environmental technologies, 3D printing, microfluidics, medical formulations, spectroscopic systems and methods, and surface coatings. His experience includes assisting with patent application preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom to operate searching and analysis, third-party submissions, invalidity opinions, patent portfolio diligence, and litigation support.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Steven completed his doctoral research at Boston University, receiving his doctorate degree in chemistry under the supervision of Professor Linda H. Doerrer.

Steven’s doctoral research focused on redox reactions of transition metal complexes with the application of improving industrial catalytic processes. Electronegative (e.g., fluorinated) alkoxide ligands were used to draw electron density away from transition metal centers, therefore allowing the metal center to access higher, reactive oxidation states. A portion of Steven’s research focused on generating reactive copper-dioxygen complexes at low temperatures, which catalytically oxidized exogenous organic substrates. This work was partially completed when Steven was a visiting researcher at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, where he worked collaboratively in the laboratory of Professor Sonja Herres-Pawlis. Steven utilized stopped-flow UV-vis spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance to characterize these reactive complexes. In addition, Steven also evaluated transition metal complexes for the electrocatalytic reduction of nitrate in water, a clean technology project that was recognized by a grant from the BU Office of Technology Development.
  • Recipient of Suffolk University’s Trustee Academic Scholarship (2018-present) 
  • Invited speaker for Fairfield University Chemistry Colloquium (2016)
  • Recipient of the Boston University Ignition Award given by the BU Office of Technology Development (2015)

Hannigan, S.F.; Arnoff, A.I.; Lum, J.S.; Rheingold, A.L.; Orth, N.; Ivanović-Burmazović, I.; Liebhäuser, P.; Rösener, T.; Stanek, J.; Hoffmann, A.; Herres-Pawlis, S.; Doerrer, L.H. “On the Way to a Trisanionic {Cu3O2} Core for Oxidase Catalysis: Evidence of an Asymmetric Trinuclear Precursor Stabilized by Perfluoropinacolate.” Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017, 23, 8212-8224.

Zeko, T.; Hannigan, S.F.; Jacisin, T.; Guberman-Pfeffer, M.J.; Falcone, E.R.; Guildford, M.J.; Szabo, C.; Cole, K.E.; Placido, J.; Daly, E.; Kubasik, M.A. “FT-IR Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations of 13C Isotopologues of the Helical Peptide Z-Aib6-OtBu.” The Journal of Physcial Chemistry B, 2014, 118, 58-68.

Hannigan, S.F.; Lum, J.S.; Bacon, J.W.; Golen, J.A.; Moore, C.; Rheingold, A.L; Doerrer, L.H. “Room Temperature Stable Organocuprate Copper(III) Complex.” Organometallics, 2013, 32, 3429-3436. (Chosen as cover of Organometallics, Volume 32, Issue 12.)


Steven enjoys watching and playing sports, reading and watching anything related to science fiction and fantasy, traveling, and trying new restaurants and foods. He is also the inventor of an issued patent.