Andrew Russell

Technical Assistant

Andrew is part of the Chemistry & Materials team at Carpmaels & Ransford. He works across a range of subject matter, with a particular focus on polymer chemistry, including the synthesis of polymers and their intermediates, as well as the commercial use of polymers in applications such as inks and coatings, textiles, and hydrogel devices. In addition, Andrew is also involved with cases covering medical devices, catalysis, industrial chemical processes, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. Andrew principally handles prosecution of European patent applications, but also has experience in contentious proceedings at the EPO, including both oppositions and appeals, the drafting of applications, as well as the prosecution of applications in foreign jurisdictions, such as the US and Australia.

Andrew joined the firm in 2016. He holds a first class MChem degree in chemistry with industrial experience from the University of Bristol, including a year at AWE investigating energetic macromolecules and a final year research project researching the mechanism of the Prins cyclisation reaction, as used extensively in natural product synthesis. Andrew stayed in Bristol to complete a Ph.D., synthesising strained organometallic rings that afford functional, metal-containing polymers via ring-opening polymerisation. Prior to joining Carpmaels, Andrew conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Bath, investigating the synthesis and processing of bio-derived polyesters in supercritical fluid, and the use of these materials as potential replacements for polyolefins. During his time in academia, Andrew presented his research at various international conferences and published 12 articles in the scientific literature.

Outside of the office Andrew likes music, with a particular interest in electronic music (anything from neo-classical to techno), and enjoys going to the odd gig/concert, as well as playing classical piano. In addition, Andrew has a passion for sport, both participating in and watching, and is a keen footballer (knees permitting), cyclist, and surfer (time/waves permitting).


  • MChem (University of Bristol)
  • PhD (Inorganic & Polymer Chemistry) (University of Bristol)