Nourin Alsharif assists the firm in patent prosecution related to mechanical technologies, including US and foreign patent prosecution, utility and design patent prosecution, freedom to-operate analysis, and patentability studies. With a background in mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science and photonics, Nourin works with inventors and clients ranging from both industry and academia on a variety of technologies.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Nourin completed her PhD as an interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Fellow with Professor Keith A. Brown at Boston University. Her graduate research involved the interrogation of emergent properties of nanostructured soft materials and interfaces. Specifically, she designed novel scanning probe architectures using two-photon lithography, collaborated with the CCDC-SC to develop high-throughput surface chemistry assays for multifunctional materials and investigated glass transition phenomena in polymeric nanoparticles. Accordingly, Nourin’s experience includes a variety of micro- and nanoscale fabrication and characterization techniques, including micro- and nanolithography, such micromachining processes involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), dip-pen nanolithography (DPN), and soft lithography and microfluidics, additive manufacturing (such as 3D printing) using fused deposition modeling (FDM) and direct laser writing (DLW), scanning probe microscopy (SPM) including atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and surface sensitive techniques, among others.

Her research efforts have led to several scientific publications, conference presentations and patent applications. During her graduate training, she also engaged in several STEM outreach programs and related activities directed to improving diversity, inclusion and retention in STEM.

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Rising Star in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University
  • Boston University BUnano Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship
  • CellLink Travel Award
  • AVS 65 Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant
  • Distinguished Mechanical Engineering Fellowship
  • Boston University Engineering Scholars Scholarship


  • Cao, W., Alsharif, N., Huang, Z., White, A. E., Wang, Y., & Brown, K. A. (2021). Massively Parallel Cantilever-Free Atomic Force Microscopy. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1-7.
  • Alsharif, N., Eshaghi, B., Reinhard, B. M., & Brown, K. A. (2020). Physiologically Relevant Mechanics of Biodegradable Polyester Nanoparticles. Nano Letters, 20(10), 7536-7542.
  • Eshagi, B., Alsharif, N., Brown, K.A., Gummuluru, S., & Reinhard, B.E. (2020). Stiffness of Virus-Mimicking Polymer Nanoparticles Modulates Glycoprotein-Independent Cellular Uptake and Trafficking. Advanced Science, 2000649.
  • Alsharif, N., Lawton, T., Uzarski, J., & Brown, K.A. (2020). High-throughput Multiobjective Optimization of Patterned Multifunctional Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(28), 32069-32077.
  • Li, L., Alsharif, N., & Brown, K. A. (2018). Confinement-Induced Stiffening of Elastomer Thin Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(47), 10767-10773.
  • Alsharif, N., Burkatovsky, A., Lissandrello, C., Jones, K. M., White, A. E., & Brown, K. A. (2018). Design and Realization of 3D Printed AFM Probes. Small, 14(19), 1800162.
  • Huang, Z., Li, L., Zhang, X. A., Alsharif, N., Wu, X., Peng, Z., Cheng, C., Wang, P., Brown, K.A., & Wang, Y. (2018). Photoactuated Pens for Molecular Printing. Advanced Materials, 30(8), 1705303.
  • Rendos, A., Alsharif, N., Kim, B. L., & Brown, K. A. (2017). Elasticity and Failure of Liquid Marbles: Influence of Particle Coating and Marble Volume. Soft Matter, 13(47), 8903-8909.

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Nourin Alsharif assists the firm in patent prosecution related to mechanical technologies, including US and foreign patent prosecution, utility and design patent prosecution, freedom to-operate analysis, and patentability studies. With a background in mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science and photonics, Nourin works with inventors and clients ranging from both industry and academia on a variety of technologies.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Nourin completed her PhD as an interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Fellow with Professor Keith A. Brown at Boston University. Her graduate research involved the interrogation of emergent properties of nanostructured soft materials and interfaces. Specifically, she designed novel scanning probe architectures using two-photon lithography, collaborated with the CCDC-SC to develop high-throughput surface chemistry assays for multifunctional materials and investigated glass transition phenomena in polymeric nanoparticles. Accordingly, Nourin’s experience includes a variety of micro- and nanoscale fabrication and characterization techniques, including micro- and nanolithography, such micromachining processes involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), dip-pen nanolithography (DPN), and soft lithography and microfluidics, additive manufacturing (such as 3D printing) using fused deposition modeling (FDM) and direct laser writing (DLW), scanning probe microscopy (SPM) including atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and surface sensitive techniques, among others.

Her research efforts have led to several scientific publications, conference presentations and patent applications. During her graduate training, she also engaged in several STEM outreach programs and related activities directed to improving diversity, inclusion and retention in STEM.

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Rising Star in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University
  • Boston University BUnano Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship
  • CellLink Travel Award
  • AVS 65 Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant
  • Distinguished Mechanical Engineering Fellowship
  • Boston University Engineering Scholars Scholarship
  • Cao, W., Alsharif, N., Huang, Z., White, A. E., Wang, Y., & Brown, K. A. (2021). Massively Parallel Cantilever-Free Atomic Force Microscopy. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1-7.
  • Alsharif, N., Eshaghi, B., Reinhard, B. M., & Brown, K. A. (2020). Physiologically Relevant Mechanics of Biodegradable Polyester Nanoparticles. Nano Letters, 20(10), 7536-7542.
  • Eshagi, B., Alsharif, N., Brown, K.A., Gummuluru, S., & Reinhard, B.E. (2020). Stiffness of Virus-Mimicking Polymer Nanoparticles Modulates Glycoprotein-Independent Cellular Uptake and Trafficking. Advanced Science, 2000649.
  • Alsharif, N., Lawton, T., Uzarski, J., & Brown, K.A. (2020). High-throughput Multiobjective Optimization of Patterned Multifunctional Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(28), 32069-32077.
  • Li, L., Alsharif, N., & Brown, K. A. (2018). Confinement-Induced Stiffening of Elastomer Thin Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(47), 10767-10773.
  • Alsharif, N., Burkatovsky, A., Lissandrello, C., Jones, K. M., White, A. E., & Brown, K. A. (2018). Design and Realization of 3D Printed AFM Probes. Small, 14(19), 1800162.
  • Huang, Z., Li, L., Zhang, X. A., Alsharif, N., Wu, X., Peng, Z., Cheng, C., Wang, P., Brown, K.A., & Wang, Y. (2018). Photoactuated Pens for Molecular Printing. Advanced Materials, 30(8), 1705303.
  • Rendos, A., Alsharif, N., Kim, B. L., & Brown, K. A. (2017). Elasticity and Failure of Liquid Marbles: Influence of Particle Coating and Marble Volume. Soft Matter, 13(47), 8903-8909.