Robert Walton

Trainee Patent Attorney

Robert graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010 with a first class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then successfully researched a PhD in nuclear batteries at the same university.

Robert’s PhD research involved elements of electronics, optics and physics and entailed designing, manufacturing, testing and modelling indirect conversion radioisotopic batteries. During his research he presented at conferences and has been published as first author in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he acted as a teaching advisor in undergraduate lectures and as a tour guide to his department on interview days for prospective students. Robert’s PhD was conducted in the Micro-Engineering and Nano-Technology group where he supervised the manufacture of a micro Tesla turbine by an undergraduate student.

His PhD research was jointly funded by the University of Birmingham and UKWIR (United Kingdom Water Industry Research) and led to a further project funded by the TSB (Technology Strategy Board). He worked on a brief research fellowship as part of this TSB project, following completion of his PhD.

Robert joined the Birmingham office of HGF in July 2014 as a trainee patent attorney.