Joseph W. DePalma, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Overview

Joe uses his extensive expertise with physical chemistry and analytical instrumentation to assist biotechnology and medical device companies with the drafting and prosecution of patent applications. He also participates in freedom-to-operate analyses of client and competitor portfolios.

Joe’s research focused on developing a more precise understanding of the role of chemistry in global climate change, focusing on atmospheric aerosols. His studies on the formation and characterization of molecular clusters and nanoparticles provide him with technical expertise in vibrational spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, computational/theoretical chemistry, and the development of analytical instrumentation.

As part of his research studies, Joe:

  • Developed and fabricated hybrid laser infrared spectrometer/mass spectrometer instruments
  • Investigated the mechanisms of carboxylate emissions from algal bloom degradation in the Pacific Ocean
  • Collected and characterized ambient aerosol particles all over the world on measurement campaigns
  • Studied the mechanisms of acid-base cluster chemistry related to the formation of new aerosol particles and its impact on cloud production in the lower atmosphere

Joe has authored or co-authored original research articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Chemical Physics and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Education

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Delaware

M.S., Chemistry, Sacred Heart University

B.S. magna cum laude, Mathematics, Sacred Heart University

B.S. cum laude, Chemistry, Sacred Heart University

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Experience

Honors:

  • NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University
  • Wallace H. Carothers Graduate Fellowship, University of Delaware
  • Outstanding Masters’ Thesis Award, Sacred Heart University
  • Trustee Scholarship, Sacred Heart University
  • Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society

Affiliations:

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, American Association for Aerosol Research

Education

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Delaware

M.S., Chemistry, Sacred Heart University

B.S. magna cum laude, Mathematics, Sacred Heart University

B.S. cum laude, Chemistry, Sacred Heart University

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office