Manuel Garcia Leiner
Manuel Garcia-Leiner, Ph.D.
Senior Manager
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Bowie

Dr. Garcia-Leiner’s research and professional interests include structure-property relationships and processing of polymeric systems. His areas of focus include melt processing, polymer composites, nanocomposite systems, high-performance polymers, polymer rheology, and additive manufacturing. His previous research includes polymer nanocomposites and polymeric foams, obtained via solvent assisted polymer processing; as well as the synthesis and rheological characterization of functionalized elastomers through anionic polymerization and hydrogenation techniques. During the course of his career Dr. Garcia-Leiner has developed and evaluated industrial materials used for building and construction, aerospace, oil and gas, electronics and displays, point of purchase, signs, tire and rubber, food packaging, biomedical, and alternative energy technologies such as wind and photovoltaic applications.

Dr. Garcia-Leiner has extensive practical experience in traditional polymer processing applications such as extrusion, co-extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, rotational molding, fiber spinning and thermoforming. In addition, his experience includes novel processing techniques including additive manufacturing, high performance composites processing (thermoplastics and thermosets) as well as development, formulation and processing of polymeric systems with unique properties for various applications. He is proficient in a variety of analytical techniques particularly thermal, mechanical and rheological characterization of polymers.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Garcia-Leiner spent eight and a half years in the polymer/plastics industry at Arkema where he held several research and development positions among various business units. His research activities included the development, scale-up, manufacturing and commercialization of acrylic systems for light management applications and novel multi-layer screen composite systems. During his industrial career, Dr. Garcia-Leiner held team leadership positions of increased responsibility in the areas polymer rheology, electro-active polymer systems as well as high performance polymers and their composites for high-end applications.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2004
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000
  • M.Eng., Chemical Engineering–Polymers, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1999
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering–Polymers, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1997
  • National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering, 2009

    Materials Research Society (MRS), Graduate Student Award, 2003

    Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Composites Division, PerkinElmer Scholarship Award, 2003

    Fulbright Scholarship, Doctoral Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1999–2004

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Medalla Antonio Caso, Best Student-Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, 1997-1999

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • French

Publications

Benight S, MacLean S, Garcia M, Moll, J. Microscopy of intentionally oxidized polypropylene-based mesh material. Proceedings, ANTEC, 2016.

Xicohtencatl-Serrano H, García-Leiner M, Herrera-Nájera R. Synthesis and characterization of SBEBS with star-like shape produced by partial hydrogenation of SBS using catalysts prepared with bis(cyclopentadienyl) titanium(IV) dichloride and n-butyllithium. Polymer Engineering and Science, Published online: 20 OCT 2013, DOI: 10.1002/pen.23796.

Herrera-Alonso M, Garcia-Leiner M, McCarthy TJ, Lesser AJ. Semicrystalline polymer nanocomposites using chemically designed compatibilizers and supercritical CO2-assisted polymer processing. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 2004 Sept; 228.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer nanocomposites prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted polymer processing. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 2004 Apr; 227.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. CO2-assisted polymer processing: A new alternative for intractable polymers. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2004; 93:1501–1511.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer nanocomposites prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted polymer processing. Polymer Preprints 2004; 45(1): 520–521.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Intercalation in polymer-clay nanocomposites promoted by supercritical carbon dioxide. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 2003 Sept; 226(389), Part 2:519–520.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer-clay nanocomposites prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 2003 Mar; 225(55), Part 2:668–669.

Garcia-Leiner M, Song J, Lesser AJ. Drawing of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 2003; 41(12):1375–1383.

Garcia-Leiner M, Manero O, Herrera R. Rheological characterization and modeling of end-functionalized polybutadienes. Rheologica Acta 2003; 42(1-2):171–183.

Presentations

Garcia-Leiner M, Dennies DP, Yardimci A. High performance polymers in additive manufacturing processes: understanding process, structure and property. Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference (M&M 2015), AM Symposium, Portland, OR, August 2–6, 2015.

Garcia-Leiner M. High performance polymers: Understanding structure and property in light of new manufacturing technologies. Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Medical Plastics Minitec, Malvern, PA, November 6, 2014.

Garcia-Leiner M, Clay B, Ricou P. High performance polymers in selective laser sintering processes: Understanding structure and property. ACS Fall 2014 National Meeting, San Francisco, CA August 10–14, 2014.

Garcia-Leiner M. Discussion Panel, Economic Consideration of Additive Manufacturing. Metal Additive Manufacturing Workshop, University of Connecticut (UCONN) Storrs, CT, April 17, 2014.

Garcia-Leiner M. High performance polymers: New options and manufacturing technologies. Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Medical Plastics Minitec, Brooklyn Park, MN, March 27, 2014.

Garcia-Leiner M. How and why plastic systems fail: Lessons for developing durable polymeric systems. National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop, Life Performance of Polymer-based Engineering Materials, Arlington, VA, March 13–14, 2014.

Ricou P, Clay B, Garcia-Leiner M. Characterizing process induced crystal modifications in Poly(etherketoneketone) (PEKK) by scattering techniques. 62nd Annual Conference on Applications of X-Ray Analysis, Denver, CO, August 5–9, 2013.

Garcia-Leiner M, Clay B, Ricou P. Polymorphism in Poly(etherketoneketone) (PEKK) high performance thermoplastics. 2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, Paper #1587076, Cincinnati, OH, April 21–24, 2013.

Garcia-Leiner M. PEKK - Poly(etherketoneketone) high performance polymers. Invited Speaker, SPE Society of Plastics Engineers – Philadelphia Section, King of Prussia, PA, February 22, 2012.

Moeller G, Cherian Z, Arora D, Garcia-Leiner M. Mechanical properties measurements of viscoelastic materials with an atomic force microscope. 34th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society 2011, Savannah, GA, February 13–16, 2011.

Herrera-Alonso M, Garcia-Leiner M, McCarthy TJ, Lesser AJ. Semicrystalline polymer nanocomposites using chemically designed compatibilizers and supercritical CO2-assisted polymer processing. ACS Fall 2004 National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 22–25, 2004.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer-clay nanocomposites prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide. 2004 SPE Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, Paper #330, Chicago, IL, May 16–20, 2004.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer nanocomposites prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted polymer processing. Spring 2004 National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 28–April 1, 2004.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Intercalated polymer nanocomposites prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide. 2003 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, December 1–5, 2003.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Melt intercalation in polymer-clay nanocomposites promoted by supercritical carbon dioxide. ACS Fall 2003 National Meeting, New York, NY, September 7–11, 2003.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Processing of intractable polymers using high-pressure carbon dioxide. 2003 SPE Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, W5 Paper #439, Nashville, TN, May 4–8, 2003.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Polymer-clay nanocomposites prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide. ACS Spring 2003 National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 23–27, 2003.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. A study of the foaming process of polyethylene with high-pressure CO2 in a modified extrusion system. 2002 SPE Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, T25 Paper #764, San Francisco, CA, May 5–9, 2002.

Garcia-Leiner M, Lesser AJ. Drawing of UHMWPE fibers in the presence of supercritical CO2. 2002 SPE Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, T32 Paper #768, San Francisco, CA, May 5–9, 2002.

Garcia-Leiner M, Manero O, Herrera R. Functionalized Polybutadienes: Synthesis, Characterization and Rheological Modeling. 7th Pacific Polymer Conference, Oaxaca, Mexico, December 3–7, 2001.

Patents

United States Patent US 8,163,827 B2. White, Light Diffusing Thermoplastic Composition, Issued April 24, 2012 (with J. Reilly, J. Bradley and J. Kryven)
Related International Patent Publications include:
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2007/058810 A2, May 2007 
Canadian Patent Application CA2629843 A1, May 2007 
Taiwanese Patent Application TW200726809 A, July 2007 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2007/058810 A3, August 2007 
European Patent Application EP1948726 A2, July 2008 
United States Patent Application US2008/0242786 A1, October 2008 
European Patent Application EP1948726 A4, September 2010 
Mexican Patent Application MX2008006256 A, July 2008

United States Patent US 8,208,204 B2. Multi-layer Screen Composites, Issued June 26, 2012 (with J. Reilly) 
Related International Patent Publications include: 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2008/097733 A2, August 2008 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2008/097733 A2, October 2008 
Australian Patent Application AU2008214177 A1, August 2008 
Taiwanese Patent Application TW200846186 A. December 2008 
Mexican Patent Application MX2009008078 A1, August 2009 
Korean Patent Application KR20090108117 A, October 2009 
European Patent Application EP2107966 A2, October 2009 
United States Patent Application US2009316261 A1, December 2009 
Chinese Patent Application CN101646557 A, February 2010 
Indian Patent Application IN05001DN2009 A, March 2010 
Japanese Patent Application JP2010518426 T2, May 2010 
Australian Patent Application AU2008214177 B2, July 2012 

United States Patent US 8,357,744 B2. White, Light Diffusing Thermoplastic Composition, Issued January 22, 2013 (with J. Reilly, J. Bradley and J. Kryven) 
Related International Patent Publications include: 
European Patent Application EP1948726 B1, May 2012 
United States Patent Application US2012/181489 A1, July 2012 

Spanish Patent Application ES2386976, October 2012 

United States Patent Application US2007/0072994 A1: Die-cuttable Acrylic Sheet, 
March 2007 (with L. Cohen, E. Grimes, R. Miller and J. Reilly) 
Related International Patent Publications include: 
Canadian Patent Application CA2521583 A1, March 2007 

World Patent Application (PCT) WO2008/156984 A1: Use of Cyclodextrins in Controlled Architecture Polymer Synthesis, December 2008, (with F. Mehlmann, R.K. Prud’homme, M. Herrera-Alonso and L. Fu) 

United States Patent Application US2013/0323416 A1: Heat Treated Polymer Powders, December 2013, (with C. Bertelo, A. DeCarmine and S. Defelice) 
Related International Patent Publications include: 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2012/047613 A1, April 2012 
European Patent Application EP2627687, August 2013 
Canadian Patent Application CA2812758, December 2012 

United States Patent Application US2015/0079378 A1: Rotomolding Processes for Poly(aryl ketones) and other high temperature polymers, March 2015 (with B. Clay)
Related International Patent Publications include: 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2013/148081 A1: October 2013 
European Patent Application EP2830845, February 2015 

United States Patent Application US2014/0088234 A1: Films and Membranes of Poly(aryl ketones) and methods of casting the same from solution, March 2014 (with C. Roger, J.A. Laffitte and J. Boyer) 
Related International Patent Publications include: 
World Patent Application (PCT) WO2012/166340 A1, December 2012 
European Patent Application EP2714771, September 2014

Prior Experience

Senior Research Scientist-Team Leader, Arkema, 2009–2012

Research Scientist, Arkema, 2007–2009

Scientist, Arkema, 2004–2007

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society—ACS (Member since 2000)

Society of Plastics Engineers—SPE (Member since 2003)

ASTM International (Member since 2013)

Knowledge

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2004
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000
  • M.Eng., Chemical Engineering–Polymers, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1999
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering–Polymers, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1997
  • National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering, 2009

    Materials Research Society (MRS), Graduate Student Award, 2003

    Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Composites Division, PerkinElmer Scholarship Award, 2003

    Fulbright Scholarship, Doctoral Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1999–2004

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Medalla Antonio Caso, Best Student-Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, 1997-1999

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • French