Yuanyi (Alex) Zhang, Ph.D., is a technical advisor in the firm’s Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group where he focuses on drafting patent applications and patent prosecution for domestic and international clients. Dr. Zhang’s technical expertise includes semiconductor devices, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and physics, and material characterization.
Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Zhang conducted research on diverse chemical technologies. He devised and developed novel lithographic patterning techniques in his PhD studies. He worked at Applied Materials as a process engineer intern and is well versed in semiconductor technologies. Dr. Zhang also investigated multicomponent reactions for click chemistry, developed a versatile platform for effectively synthesizing polymers, and discovered a new type of metal adhesives. Dr. Zhang is skilled at solving interdisciplinary problems and communicating research with researchers from various backgrounds.
Dr. Zhang holds 11 academic publications and 3 patent applications. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Polymer Science.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Y. Zhang, et al. "(Self-Assembled-Monolayer) SAM-Free Selective Deposition," Semiconductor Research Corporation TECHCON, Austin, TX, September 2019
Y. Zhang, et al. "Selective Spin-on Deposition of Polymers on Heterogeneous Surfaces," American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, Boston, MA, March 2019
Y. Zhang, et al. "Selective Spin-on Deposition Enabled by Imperfect Self-Assembled Monolayers," International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Advanced Lithography Conference, San Jose, CA, February 2019
Y. Zhang, et al. “Single-Step, Spin-on Process for High Fidelity and Selective Polymer Deposition,” ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2020, 2 (2), 481-486. Featured as ACS Editors' Choice
Y. Zhang, et al. “Rapid and Selective Deposition of Patterned Thin Films on Heterogeneous Substrates via Spin Coating,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11 (23), 21177-21183
Y. Zhang, et al. “Postpolymerization Modification of Poly(dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-thione)s via the Thiourea- Haloalkane Reaction to Prepare Functional Polymers,” ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4(8), 843-847
Y. Zhang, et al. “From Drug to Adhesive: a New Application of Poly(Dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-one)s via the Biginelli Polycondensation,” Polym. Chem. 2015, 6(27), 4940-4945
Y. Zhang, et al. “Method of Coating an Object,” US Patent Application, 2019, US 16/549,490
Y. Zhang, et al. “Selective Coating of a Structure,” US Patent Application, 2019, US 16/697,288
Y. Zhang, et al. “Patterned Discrete Nanoscale Doping of Semiconductors, Methods of Manufacture Thereof and Articles Comprising the Same,” US Patent Application, 2018, US 16/032,695; Japanese Patent Application, 2019, JP2019128966A; Chinese Patent Application, 2019, CN201910627069.XA