Stephanie Stevenson-Smit

Trainee Patent Attorney

Stephanie has a broad technical background in condensed matter physics and medical physics, with expertise in nanotechnology, optics, electronics, and magnetic materials.

Following her BSc and MSc degrees in Physics and Medical Physics, Stephanie was awarded her PhD from ETH Zurich, for which she carried out research into magnetisation dynamics and switching. Her work has led to several publications, including in the journals Nanotechnology and Nature Communications.
Stephanie has also worked for peer review materials science and physics journals in Germany, and speaks conversational German.
As part of Kilburn and Strode’s commitment to social and corporate responsibility, Stephanie is a STEM Ambassador and works with schools in and around London to promote STEM subjects and inspire young learners.


Certificate in Intellectual Property Law – Queen Mary University of London (2017)
PhD in Physics – ETH Zurich (2014)
MSc in Medical Physics – The University of Aberdeen (2010)
BSc in Physics (1st Class Honours) – The University of Aberdeen (2009)


Institute of Physics (IOP) - member
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member

Selected Publications

P. Warnicke, P. Wohlhüter, A. K. Suszka, S. E. Stevenson, L. J. Heyderman, and J. Raabe. Tunable magnetic vortex resonance in a potential well, Physical Review B, 96, 174402 (2017).
N. Pilet, Y. Lisunova, F. Lamattina, S. E. Stevenson, G. Pigozzi, P. Paruch, R. H. Fink, H. J. Hug, C. Quitmann, and J. Raabe. A single probe for imaging photons, electrons and physical forces, Nanotechnology, 27, 235705 (2016).

P. Wohlhüter, M. T. Bryan, P. Warnicke, S. Gliga, S. E. Stevenson, G. Heldt, L. Saharan, A. Kinga Suszka, C.Moutafis, R. V. Chopdekar, J. Raabe, T. Thomson, G. Hrkac, and L. J. Heyderman. Nanoscale switch for vortex polarization mediated by Bloch core formation in magnetic hybrid systems, Nature Communications, 6, 7836 (2015).

G. Heldt, M. T. Bryan, G. Hrkac, S. E. Stevenson, R. V. Chopdekar, J. Raabe, T. Thomson, and L. J. Heyderman. Topologically confined vortex oscillations in hybrid [Co/Pd]8-permalloy structures, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 182401 (2014).

S. E. Stevenson, C. Moutafis, G. Heldt, R. V. Chopdekar, C. Quitmann, L. J. Heyderman, and J. Raabe. Dynamic stabilization of non-equilibrium domain configurations in magnetic squares by high amplitude excitations, Physical Review B, 87, 054423 (2013).

N. Pilet, J. Raabe, S. E. Stevenson, S. Romer, L. Bernard, C. R. McNeill, R. H. Fink, H. J. Hug, and C. Quitmann, Nanostructure characterization by a combined x-ray absorption/scanning force microscopy system. Nanotechnology, 23, 475708 (2012).

  • Materials
  • Medical Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Patents

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