Steven F. Hannigan

Steven F. Hannigan

Associate | Chemical & Materials Technologies
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  • BS, Chemistry, Fairfield University
  • PhD, Chemistry, Boston University
  • JD, Concentration in Business Law & Financial Services, Suffolk University Law School

Key Technologies

  • Nanomaterials
  • Electrochemical Devices and Batteries
  • Solar Power Conversion
  • Catalytic Processes
  • 3D Printing
  • Microfluidic Devices
  • Surface Coatings
  • Medical Formulations
  • Spectroscopic Systems and Methods

Practice Groups

Admitted to Practice

  • Not yet admitted to practice


  • Boston


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, surface coatings, and spectroscopic systems and methods including fluorescence imaging and disease detection.

Steven’s experience includes assisting with patent application preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom-to-operate searching and analyses, landscape searching and analyses, 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. 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. 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 Boston University Office of Technology Development.


  • Mentor for graduate students through Boston University’s “Chemistry Alumni Mentoring Program” (2021-present)
  • Invited speaker for Fairfield University Chemistry Colloquium (2016)


  • Recipient of Suffolk University’s Trustee Academic Scholarship (2018-2022) 
  • Recipient of the Boston University Ignition Award given by the Boston University Office of Technology Development (2015)



  • Brazeau, S.E.N.; Norwine, E.E.; Hannigan, S.F.; Orth, N.; Ivanović-Burmazović, I.; Rukser, D.; Biebl, F.; Grimm-Lebsanft, B.; Praedel, G.; Teubner, M.; Rübhausen, M.; Liebhäuser, P.; Rösener, T.; Stanek, J.; Hoffman, A.; Herres-Pawlis, S.; Doerrer, L.H. “Dual oxidase/oxygenase reactivity and resonance Raman spectra of {Cu3O2} moiety with perfluoro-t-butoxide ligands.” Dalton Transactions, 2019, 48, 6899-6909.


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