Tom Turner

Tom Turner

Senior Associate
+44(0) 1225 469914

Professional qualifications:
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney

Academic qualifications:
M. Chem. Chemistry, University of Durham
Ph.D Organometallic Chemistry, University of Bristol

Tom joined Abel & Imray in 2012 and is based in the Bath Office.  During his PhD studies, Tom worked in collaboration with Lucite International, specialising in the development of new catalysts for applications in industrial chemistry. His work focused on the synthesis and testing of highly selective homogeneous palladium catalysts used in the preparation of methyl propionate, a sought-after intermediate for the production of methyl methacrylate.  Over the course of his PhD, Tom synthesised of a variety of novel asymmetric and highly air-sensitive phosphine ligands, and characterised the ligands and their complexes with palladium and platinum by techniques including NMR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry.

Tom handles patent work, mainly in the chemical field with a special focus on petrochemicals, polymers, reactor technology and catalysts, and is involved in drafting, prosecution and opposition work in the UK and Europe.  Tom gained valuable industrial experience on a secondment to the Patent Department of a global oil and petrochemicals company where he was involved in patent drafting, prosecution and opposition work relating to a variety of aspects of industrial chemistry including polymer compositions, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, bulk chemical production processes and refinery apparatus.  In addition to his work in the chemical field, Tom is involved in the management of a significant portfolio of rights relating to data centres, including handling drafting and prosecution work in the areas of data centre design, construction and cooling, and advising on infringement and validity issues in the UK and Europe in this rapidly developing technical field.  Tom also handles European Union registered design work across a range of technical areas.