Elisabeth Healey, Ph.D.

Elisabeth Healey, Ph.D.



Elisabeth joined Beck & Thomas in 2016 as an associate.  She has an extensive background in chemistry including organic, inorganic and polymer chemistry, as well as research experience in areas involving pharmaceutical development, biochemistry, and materials science.  Before joining Beck & Thomas, Elisabeth worked as a patent agent, as a scientific information analyst at Chemical Abstracts Service, as a research scientist in a pharmaceutical company and as an X-ray crystallographer and post-doctoral research associate at the University of Oregon, where her work involved the development and optimization of new synthetic strategies for preparing novel discrete inorganic nanoclusters and the investigation of metal-organic receptors for biological compounds.

Elisabeth is an inventor in a U.S. patent and is an author in 21 articles in scientific and legal journals including one that was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in the magazine Science.  

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent Agents Committee, Outreach & Communications Subcommittee Chair
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

  • Duquesne University School of Law, 2016, J.D.
    • Duquesne Law Review
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, 2004, Ph.D.
    • Thesis title: Supramolecular Metal-Organic and Organic Materials
    • Shembekar Scholarship Award
    • Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award
  • University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, 1999, M.S.
    • Organic Chemistry; Thesis Title: Olefin Metathesis of Oxygenated Alkenes
  • University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, 1998, B.S.
    • Chemistry: Thesis Title: Pauson-Khand Reaction Using Various Transition Metals

French (Fluent)

  • Healey, E. R.; Factors and Frackers: A Look into the Scientific Methods Used by the EPA to Study and Assess Air Pollution from the Shale Oil and Gas Industry and Some Proposed Solutions, 54 Duq. L. Rev. 223 (2016).
  • Cheney, M. L.; Shan, N.; Healey, E. R.; Hanna, M.; Wojtas, L.; Zaworotko, M. J.; Sava, V.; Song, S.; Sanchez-Ramos, J. R. Effects of crystal form on solubility and pharmacokinetics: A crystal engineering case study of lamotrigine. Cryst. Growth Des., 2010, 10, 394–405.
  • Turta, C. I.; Chapurina, L. F.; Donica, I. G.; Voronkova, V. C.; Healey, E. R.; Kravtsov, V. C. Synthetic, spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic structural studies on copper(II) complexes of the aminoguanizone of pyruvic acid. Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2008, 361, 309-316.
  • Healey, E. R.; Vickaryous, W. J.; Berryman, O. B.; Johnson, D. W. Self-assembled supramolecular main group coordination complexes. In Bottom-up Nanofabrication: Supramolecules, Self-Assemblies and Organized Films; Ariga, K. and Nalwa, H. S., Eds; American Scientific Publishers: Stevenson Ranch, 2007 (ISBN: 1-58883-079-9).
  • Kasyan, O.; Healey, E. R.; Drapailo, A.; Zaworotko, M.; Cecillon, S.; Coleman, A. W.; Kalchenko, V. Synthesis, structure and selective upper rim functionalization of long chained alkoxythiacalix-[4]-arenes. J. Inclusion Phenom. Macrocycl. Chem., 2007, 58, 127-132.
  • Parks, B. W.; Gilbertson, R. D.; Hutchison, J. E.; Healey, E. R.; Weakley, T. J. R.; Rapko, B. M.; Hay, B. P.; Sinkov, S. I.; Broker, G. A.; Rogers, R. D. Solution and structural investigations of ligand preorganization in trivalent lanthanide complexes of bicyclic malonamides. Inorg. Chem., 2006, 45, 1498-1507.
  • Carter, T. G.; Healey, E. R.; Pitt, M. A.; Johnson, D. W. Secondary bonding interactions observed in two arsenic thiolate complexes. Inorg. Chem., 2005, 44, 9634-9636.
  • Vickaryous, W. J.; Healey, E. R.; Berryman, O. B.; Johnson, D. W. Synthesis and characterization of two isomeric, self-assembled arsenicthiolate macrocycles. Inorg. Chem., 2005, 44, 9247-9252.
  • Shahgaldian, P.; Coleman, A. W.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J. Double molecular encapsulation of tetrahydrofuran by an amphiphilic calix-[4]-arene. J. Inclusion Phenom., 2005, 52, 241-245.
  • Rather, E.; Gatlin, J. T.; Nixon, P. G.; Tsukamoto, T.; Kravtsov, V.; Johnson, D. W. A simple organic reaction mediates the crystallization of the inorganic nanocluster [Ga13(μ3-OH)6(μ2-OH)18(H2O)24](NO3)15. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 3242-3243. Highlighted in Editor’s Choice - Highlights of the Recent Literature in Science, 2005, 307, 1377.
  • Johnson, C. A.; Haley, M. H.; Rather, E.; Han, F.; Weakley, T. J. R. Selective metallacyclization and crystallographic characterization of structurally related platina-annulenes. Organometallics, 2005, 24, 1161-1172.
  • Cecillon, S.; Lazar, A.; Danylyuk, O.; Suwinska, K.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J.; Coleman, A. W. Head-to-tail self-assembly of a calix-[4]-arene inclusion polymer controlled by a pendant arm. Chem. Commun., 2005, 2442-2444.
  • Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J. A 3D metal-organic network, [Cu2(glutarate)2(4,4’-bipyridine)], that exhibits single-crystal to single-crystal dehydration and rehydration. Chem. Commun., 2003, 830-831.
  • Da Silva, E.; Nouar, F.; Nierlich, M.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J.; Barbey, C.; Navaza, A.; Coleman, A. W. A comparative structural study of four para-sulphonato-calix-[4]-arene organic di- and triammonium cation complexes. Cryst. Eng., 2003, 6, 123-135.
  • Da Silva, E.; Nouar, F.; Coleman, A. W.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J. Solution and solid-state interactions between para-sulphonato-calix-[4]-arene and some common organic biological buffers. J. Inclusion Phenom. Macrocycl. Chem., 2003, 46, 161-166.
  • Rather, B.; Moulton, B.; Zaworotko, M. J.; Perret, F.; Morel-Desrosiers, N.; Da Silva, E.; Coleman, A.W. Crystal engineering of a calix-arene dimer embedded in a hydrophobic cavity formed by a diammonium host matrix. Cryst. Eng., 2003, 6, 15-21.
  • Shahgaldian, P.; Da Silva, E.; Coleman, A. W.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J. Para-acyl-calix-arene based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs): a detailed study of preparation and stability parameters. Int. J. Pharm., 2003, 253, 23-28.
  • Rather, B.; Moulton, B.; Walsh, R. D. B.; Zaworotko, M. J. A new supramolecular isomer of [Zn(Nicotinate)2]n: a novel 42.84 network that is the result of self-assembly of 4-connected nodes. Chem. Commun., 2002, 694-695.
  • Moulton, B.; Rather, E. B.; Zaworotko, M. J. Interpenetration of covalent and noncovalent networks in the crystal structures of {[M(4,4'-Bipyridine)2(NO3)2]•2p-nitroaniline}n where M=Co, 1, Ni, 2, Zn, 3. Cryst. Eng., 2001, 4, 309-317.
  • Abourahma, H.; Coleman, A. W.; Moulton, B.; Rather, B.; Shahgaldian, P.; Zaworotko, M. J. Hydroxylated nanoballs: Synthesis, crystal structure, solubility and crystallization on surfaces. Chem. Commun., 2001, 2380-2381.
  • Da Silva, E.; Memmi, L.; Coleman, A. W.; Rather, B.; Zaworotko, M. J. Synthesis and solid-state structures of mono-functionalised para-H-calix-[6]-arenes. J. Supramol. Chem., 2001, 1, 135-138.