Michael Zammit PhD


Michael has extensive experience in areas including polymer chemistry such as methods for production of well-defined polymers with precisely defined molecular architectures and nano-structured morphologies, surface coatings, fibre cement and polymer processing techniques, such as extrusion and injection moulding.

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  • Michael’s undergraduate degree was industrial chemistry, which covered subjects as diverse as physical and organic chemistry, material science, process automation, polymer science, and optimisation of chemical processes. Michael then studied for his PhD, in which he conducted research in the area of free radical polymerization. This included the direct measurement of polymerization rate coefficients with a pulsed-laser apparatus and the subsequent measurement of the molecular weight distributions with advanced chromatography (multiple-detection SEC) and mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) techniques. Whilst studying for his PhD, Michael also conducted research into methods for controlled radical polymerization.

    Prior to joining Shelston IP, Michael worked for Dulux in its resin technology laboratories while simultaneously completing a Graduate Certificate in surface coatings technology. Michael has also worked at the James Hardie research and product development laboratories, where he conducted research into fibre cement composites and building products. Michael has also attended training courses in rheology modifiers, emulsion polymerization and the use of surfactants and emulsifiers for various applications. Michael’s industrial experience also extends to working in a business which manufactured products via various polymer extrusion techniques, and he has also completed a course at TAFE on injection moulding.

    Michael has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in diverse fields of technology. For example, apparatus and methods for welding, polymer composites, surface coatings and electrothermic coatings, polymerisation catalysts, apparatus for conducting nucleic acid amplification and pyrosequencing, biocompatible materials, optical input devices and user interface methods, cementitious materials and building products, medical devices, mining methods and micro- and optofluidic devices. Michael is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute, and won the RACI Treloar Prize for his PhD research. He is also a named inventor on a PCT application.

    Michael has been involved in opposition proceedings and has drafted advice on freedom to operate and validity and infringement issues. Michael was previously involved in tutoring “Drafting of Patent Specifications” at the University of Technology, Sydney. This course is part of the Masters of Industrial Property which provides a pathway to registration for patent attorneys.

    Mike was recognised as a Legal Influencer in IP for Australasia in the first Lexology Awards.

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    • Bachelor of Science (Industrial Chemistry) (Honours), University of New South Wales
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Polymer Science), University of New South Wales (RACI Treloar Prize Winner)
    • Master of Industrial Property, University of Technology Sydney
    • Graduate Certificate in Surface Coatings Technology, Victoria University of Technology
    • Diploma of Technical Analysis (Financial Markets), Australian Technical Analysts Association
    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Chartered Chemist, Royal Australian Chemical Institute


    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    • Surface Coatings Association Australia