Tesia Chciuk is a patent agent in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. Her background and technical areas of expertise include synthetic organic chemistry, catalysis, process development, and electrochemistry. She was a research scientist at an energy storage start-up and is named as a co-inventor on two granted patents. Her practice includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications.
Tesia earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in chemistry from Lehigh University. Her graduate research focused on the mechanistic study of solvent and additive effects in organic reductions utilizing divalent samarium complexes. This physical organic work demonstrated that divalent samarium is capable of reducing functional groups well outside the anticipated thermodynamic range as a consequence of proton-coupled electron-transfer. Her graduate work culminated in 10 journal articles, two book chapters, and the Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. Following graduate school, she developed bio-based specialty chemical products for the life sciences and industrial processes for waste valorization.
Tesia received her B.S. in chemistry with a minor in biology from Cedar Crest College. Her undergraduate research involved synthesizing and characterizing para-substituted benzhydrols via Grignard reactions to evaluate their potential applications in sunscreen.
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