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Miriam M. Gillett-Kunnath

Miriam M. Gillett-Kunnath


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Syracuse, New York 13202

Miriam is a technical specialist in our Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Area. She holds a BS in chemistry and a PhD in inorganic chemistry. Miriam is a Syracuse University research professor who also assists in managing the university’s single and powder x-ray crystallography laboratory. Her practical areas of focus and expertise are in life sciences, technology commercialization, synthetic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. She has an extensive and diverse background in research science and in chemistry precursor synthesis for engineering applications. Miriam has substantial experience in general organic, solid state, inorganic, and organometallic synthetic chemistry specializing in the fields of small molecule silicon, germanium, and nitrogen-based silyl and s-block compounds.

Miriam focuses on projects that involve patents and trade secrets with a specific focus in patent landscapes. She has worked on various projects that include engineering, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy, alternative energy, nanoparticles, chemical compounds, polymer chemistry, and database storage.

Miriam has previously worked with technology commercialization and patent landscape analysis through Syracuse University College of Law's New York State Science & Technology Law Center and NYS Pre-Seed Workshop.

Representative Experience

  • Worked on several projects through the NYS Science & Technology Law Center from pharmaceutical companies to start-ups such as Regeneron and Traverse Biosciences.
  • Participated in several pre-seed workshops on technology commercialization at High Tech Rochester, The Tech Garden (Syracuse), PSW Binghamton University, PSW Buffalo LifeSciences, and PSW Buffalo Advance Materials.
  • Proposed and secured funds for an inter-university collaboration synthesizing germyl-precursors for MBE (molecular beam epitaxy) toward novel resistors and semiconductors.
  • Designed and introduced an environmentally friendly novel synthetic route (Redox Transmetallation/Ligand Exchange) that provides facile, reliable, inexpensive yields, and purity to alkaline earth metal silylated amides.
  • Planned, developed, and published an organo-functionalization of Zintl clusters video manual that is the first of its kind in this field.
  • Synthesized and characterized the first ‘n-doped’ Group 14 Zintl Ions with Sb and Bi as potential precursors for electro-deposition.

Practice Areas


  • LeMoyne College, B.S., 1998
  • Syracuse University, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 2007, Awarded Doctoral Thesis Prize for Dissertation, 2007

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Speaking & Publications

  • "A Second Look Towards the Reproducible Synthesis of Tetragermyl-(GeH)C Methanes via a One-Pot Reaction Utilizing (Cl2BrGe)4C," 2016
  • "Exploring the Metal and Ligand Influence in Primary Alkaline Earth Amides: Monomeric Species and an Unusual Ion Association Mode," Dalton Transactions, 2015
  • "Tri-Metallic Deltahedral Zintl Ions: Experimental and Theoretical Studies of the Novel Dimer [(Sn6Ge2Bi)2]4-," ChemComm, 48, 3524, 2012
  • "Ultra-Broad Near-Infrared Photoluminescence From Crystalline (K-crypt)2Bi2 Containing [Bi2] 2- Dimers," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 20175, 2012
  • "Synthesis of Nine-Atom Deltahedral Zintl Ions of Germanium and Their Functionalization with Organic Groups," Journal of Visualized Experiments, 60, e3532, 2012 
  • "n-Doping" of Ge9 deltahedral Zintl Ions," Journal of American Chemical Society, 133, 6560, 2011
  • "Addition of a Thallium Vertex to Empty and Centered Nine-Atom Deltahedral Zintl Ions of Germanium and Tin," Inorganic Chemistry, 50, 2373, 2011
  • "Heteroatomic Deltahedral Zintl Ions of Group 14 and Their Alkenylation," Inorganic Chemistry, 49, 721, 2010
  • "Ion Association Trends in Alkaline Earth-Metal Tetraphenylborates," Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie, 635(6-7), 903, 2009
  • "BiPh3—A Convenient Synthon for Heavy Alkaline-Earth Metal Amides," ChemComm, 37, 4490, 2008

Prior Experience

  • Syracuse University, Research Assistant Professor and Research Manager and Assistant
  • Le Moyne College, Research Associate
  • University of Notre Dame, Postdoctoral Associate