Dr. Lunet E. Luna is a patent agent in the firm’s Patent Group. She focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling, particularly in the areas of chemical engineering, materials science, and semiconductor growth and processing.
Prior to becoming a patent agent, Dr. Luna was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. In this role, she fabricated high aspect ratio microstructures and investigated the design of high power electronic devices. Her primary area of study involved wide bandgap semiconductors, namely silicon carbide and gallium nitride.
Dr. Luna earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. As a doctoral candidate, she was awarded the Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation focused on thin films and nanostructured silicon carbide materials for harsh environment applications. First, she demonstrated a metallization stack for silicon carbide capable of withstanding high temperatures without performance degradation. Second, she achieved the growth of vertically aligned hexagonal phase silicon carbide nanowires on commercial silicon carbide substrates. Her work was completed in part at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory.
Dr. Luna earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the American Chemical Society Scholarship. As an undergraduate researcher, she assessed the drying parameters and mechanical properties of thin films and designed an anti-reflection coating for polymer substrates using hollow silica nanoparticles assembled through a layer-by-layer method. During this time, she also conducted research at Harvard Medical School, wherein she mapped the vital interfaces of protein interactions to elucidate molecular mechanisms that drive the initial steps of protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells.
A list of Dr. Luna’s scientific publications may be found on Google Scholar.
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