Nico joined Kilburn & Strode in October 2015 and is an Associate in the Tech group. He has a varied technical background with experience in electrochemistry (including fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors), nanomaterials and lubrication, and has authored several research articles. Nico graduated with a first class Masters degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2009 where he also completed his PhD studies on new display technologies.
Following his PhD, he spent two and half years as a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, studying the electrochemical and frictional characteristics of graphene. Recent work has related to computational and AI methods for chemical simulations.
Prior to starting at Kilburn & Strode, he spent six months within a university technology transfer office and venture capital fund, assisting with due diligence exercises and intellectual property. He also speaks Finnish and Portuguese.


European Patent Attorney 
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
PhD, Chemistry – Imperial College London (2013)
MSci, Chemistry – Imperial College London (2009)
Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property – Queen Mary University of London


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)

Cousens, Nico E. A. & Kucernak, Anthony R. J. "Increasing the potential window of the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions to more than 1.2 V." Electrochemistry Communications 13.12 (2011): 1539-1541.
Cousens, Nico E. A. & Kucernak, Anthony R. J. "Electrochemistry of the ionic liquid|oil interface: A new water-free interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions." Electrochemistry Communications 31 (2013): 63-66.
Cousens, Nico E. A., et al. "Preparation and characterisation of high-density ionic liquids incorporating halobismuthate anions." Dalton Transactions 43.28 (2014): 10910-10919.
Cousens, Nico E.A., et al. "A graphene surface force balance." Langmuir 30.38 (2014): 11485-11492.
van Engers, C., Cousens, N., Babenko, V., Britton, J., Zappone, B., Grobert, N., & Perkin, S. “Direct measurement of the surface energy of graphene.” Nano Letters (2017) 17(6), 3815-3821.
Cousens, Nico E. A. & Kucernak, Anthony R. J. "Reversible ultralow-voltage liquid–liquid electrowetting without a dielectric layer." Faraday Discussions 199 (2017): 63-73.

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