Andrew Pinkard

Andrew Pinkard, PhD

Patent Agent | Chemical & Materials Technologies
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  • AA, University Studies/Chemistry, MiraCosta College
  • BS, Chemistry, California State University San Marcos
  • MPhil, Chemistry, Columbia University
  • PhD, Chemistry, Columbia University
  • JD, Fordham University, 2024 Candidate

Key Technologies

  • Battery Technologies (Lithium Rechargeable Batteries)
  • Nanomaterials
  • Van der Waals and other Layered Materials
  • Electronic Materials (Superconductors, Semiconductors)
  • Microfluidic Devices
  • Peptide Synthesis and Purification
  • Small Molecule Therapeutics
  • Small Molecule Diagnostics (Mass Spectrometry Tags)
  • Biochemical Diagnostics (Assays, Bioimpendence)

Practice Groups

Admitted to Practice

  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • New York


Andrew Pinkard assists with prosecuting patent applications in the areas of chemistry and materials science and related technologies in the firm’s Chemistry & Materials Technology Practice. With a background spanning from medicinal chemistry to renewable energy technologies to battery materials, he utilizes his broad technical experience in chemistry when working with clients to understand and protect a wide variety of technologies.

Andrew regularly supports clients in areas including nanomaterials, electrochemistry, battery technologies, inorganic materials, polymers sciences (including 3D printing), mass spectroscopy tag and related proteomics, microfluidics, and medical devices, among other technologies. Andrew’s intellectual property experience includes patent application drafting and prosecution, and IP diligence work (including patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses). Andrew also has experience with contested matters both in the US and the EPO.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Andrew completed his PhD in chemistry at Columbia University as an NSF fellow under Professor Xavier Roy, with a focus in materials chemistry, researching synthetic approaches to fabricate nanomaterials. He also served as a teaching assistant while at Columbia for Prof. Ged Parkin and Prof. Louis Brus, teaching general chemistry. He has broad experience in many areas of chemistry including medicinal, bio-, and materials chemistry, as well as metal alloys and organometallics.

Prior to his time at Columbia, he began his research career in chemistry at California State San Marcos, where he conducted research at Celgene in La Jolla, CA, as an intern and then as a research associate in the medicinal chemistry department. He then pursued a Summer Undergraduate Laboratory internship at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, studying the photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen from water-splitting. 

After accepting admission to Columbia’s chemistry PhD program, he continued his research, where his studies were at the intersection of chemistry and materials science, including the topics of superatomic solids, molecular clusters, molecular conductance, singlet fission, and battery materials.

In addition to his research, Andrew worked as a fellow within Columbia’s Technology Transfer office (Columbia Technology Ventures, CTV), where he helped analyze several new, emerging university technologies for patentability and market potential. The technologies assessed encompassed a wide variety of technical areas including biotechnology, small molecule therapeutics, and electronic materials.

Andrew is currently a law student in Fordham University’s evening law program.


  • Patent application drafting
  • Patent prosecution (e.g., including office actions, appeals, continuing applications)
  • Patentability studies
  • Freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses
  • IP diligence
  • Contested matters (e.g., EPO oppositions)


  • Technology Specialist, Wolf Greenfield (2019-present)
  • NSF Research Fellow, Columbia University (2014-2018)
  • Fellow, Columbia Technology Ventures (2016-2018)
  • SULI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2012)
  • Polypeptide Labs (2013)
  • Celgene (2011-2012)
  • Writing Consultant, MiraCosta College (2006-2012)


  • G. Liu; Pinkard, A., et al. Tuning the Electronic Properties of Hexanuclear Cobalt Sulfide Superatoms via Ligand Substitution. Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 1760-1766.
  • Pinkard, A.; Champsaur, A.M.; Roy, X. Molecular Clusters: Nanoscale Building Blocks for Solid-State Materials. Acc. Chem. Res., 2018, 51 (4), 919-929.
  • Pinkard, A., et al. Electronically Transparent Au–N Bonds for Molecular Junctions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139 (42), 14845–14848.
  • Pinkard, A., et al. Distinct Properties of the Triplet Pair State from Singlet Fission. Sci. Adv., 2017, 3, e1700241.
  • A. Turkiewicz; Pinkard, A., et al. Assembling Hierarchical Cluster Solids with Atomic Precision. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (45), 15873–15876.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Law
  • JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion)
  • Chemistry
  • Baking
  • Food
  • Running