Prof. Jose R. Leiza


Prof. Jose R. Leiza
Group Leader

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián

Tel:+34 943 015329


Jose Ramon Leiza (Professor of Chemical Engineering) graduated from the University of the Basque Country in 1987, and obtained the Ph.D. degree in 1991 from the same university working in the monitoring and control of emulsion polymerization reactors under the supervision of Prof. J. M. Asua. In 1992 he obtained a position as assistant professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry of the University of the Basque Country. In 1994 he spent a one year post-doctoral stay as research associate at the Emulsion Polymers Institute of Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA) under the supervision of Prof. M.S. El-Aasser. In 1995 he was promoted to associated Professor. In 2004 he spent a sabbatical year at Queen's University (Kingston, On, Canada). In 2010 he was promoted to full Professor at the University of the Basque Country. Since 2000, he is a member of the Institute of Polymer Materials, Polymat.
He has published more than 75 papers and 10 book chapters and he is member of the editorial board of the Macromolecular Reaction Engineering and International Journal of Polymer Science journals. He is also guest editor of the special series "Sensors, Process Control and Modeling" of the journal Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. He is currently a member of the International Polymer Colloids Group (IPCG) and member of the Spanish Polymer Society (GEP).

Honors and awards

In 1993 he received the Rhone-Poulenc award in Clean Technologies organized by the Association of Engineers of Madrid (Spain).


His current research interest are focused on the following topics: waterborne polymer/inorganic material hybrid nanocomposites, polymer reaction engineering aspects of polymerization in dispersed media (kinetics, modeling, high solids content formulations), molecularly imprinted polymers in dispersed media, polymerization of water soluble monomers.

Polymerization Processes Group