Dipl.-Phys. (Univ.)

Melanie Wenzel Schäfer

European Patent Attorney

Melanie Wenzel-Schäfer studied physics and chemistry (as a minor subject) at Augsburg University. As a scientist, she worked in the field of microfluidics. In particular, she used lithographic techniques to manufacture microfluidic systems on chips for investigating flow properties on a nanoliter scale.


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In the area of biophysics, she further used optical spectroscopy (Fluorescence Protein Labelling), TEM, AFM and optical tweezers (laser trapping) to investigate the properties of proteins in microfluidic systems.


Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer has further been trained as a carpenter and has practical experience in the fields of interior construction and building construction.


After receiving her degree as a master of science in physics (Diplom-Physikerin), Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer was educated in the field of intellectual property rights during a 26 months program at KKM. During this time, she further completed the course “Law for Patent Attorneys” at the distance learning University of Hagen.


After a training period at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and a further training period at the German patent court (Bundespatentgericht), she passed the German patent attorney exam and was admitted as Patentanwalt and representative before the European IP Office (EUIPO – formerly OHIM).

Since being admitted in 2010, Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer successfully practices as a patent attorney in all areas of intellectual property rights.

Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer works in the fields of mechanical engineering, physical measurement equipment and methods and electrical engineering. Her technical experience includes for example mass spectrometry; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; probe heads and vacuum pumps; methods and devices for manufacturing and testing of integrated circuits, such as check cards and respective electrical contacts; milling, grinding and lathe machines; household appliances; and tools, for example for the craft sector. 


Publications and Awards:

A Winner of the CeNS Publication Award 2008:
T. Frommelt, M. Kostur, M. Wenzel-Schäfer, P. Talkner, P. Hänggi, and A. Wixforth
Microfluidic Mixing via Acoustically Driven Chaotic Advection 
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 034502 (2008))



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