Michael J. Adams, Ph.D.


Title: Patent Engineer

Location: Houston
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Dr. Adams assists with prosecuting foreign and domestic patents in chemical-related industries with specific work in the fields of microbiology, polymer chemistry, industrial nanoparticle synthesis, and product research and development.  Four years of industrial chemistry and biology experience and a further eight years of research experience have provided Dr. Adams with a breadth of knowledge and expertise invaluable to his current IP practice.

Prior to joining Osha Liang, Dr. Adams worked as the Quality Director of Texas Manufacturing at International Nutrition & Wellness Holdings. His work experience includes leadership and management roles at United 1 International Laboratories, ProTec Laboratory, Advanced Organic Synthesis, LLC and at the University of Houston as well as successful collaborations operating in established laboratory environments.


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Houston (2018)
  • B.S., Biochemical & Biophysical Sciences, University of Houston (2012)


  • Michael J. Adams, Loi H. Do. “Alkoxylation and Hydration of Alkynes with Cobalt(III)Salophens,” Eur. J. Org. Chem., (2018)
  • Anh H. Ngo, Michael J. Adams, Loi H. Do. “Selective Acceptorless Dehydrogenation and Hydrogenation by Iridium Catalysts Enabling Facile Interconversion of Glucocorticoids,” Organometallics, (2014)
  • Adams, M. “Development of Homogeneous Aqueous Transition Metal Catalysts for Sustainable Chemistry,” Doctoral Defense Lecture. (2018)
  • Adams, M. “Green chemistry: homogeneous aqueous catalysis,” Research Lecture. (2017)
  • Adams, Michael; Do, Loi. “Alkyne hydration catalyzed by cobalt salen and salophen derivatives,” 72nd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Research Lecture. (2016)
  • Adams, M. “Organic solid state gain media for lasers.” (2016)
  • Adams, M. “Catalytic systems for biological reactions.” (2015)


  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 2010-2018
  • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2016-2017
  • Vice President – University of Houston Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) 2015-2017


  • Associate of the Month – ProTec Laboratory, United Laboratories Manufacturing, 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistantship – Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, 2013-2018
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship – Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, 2013-2018
  • John N. Lamonte Scholarship (Teaching Excellence) – University of Houston, 2017
  • TcSUH 43rd Semiannual Student Symposium Award Winner – Houston, 2012
  • Midshipman of the Year (Young Leader Award) – Texas A&M University, Galveston/College Station, 2007
  • Navy ROTC Scholarship (Advanced Academic Standing) – Texas A&M University, 2006


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