Dr. Leiva Garcia obtained a Chemical Engineering Degree in 2006, followed by a Master in Environment and Industrial Safety and a PhD in Corrosion at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). After that, He was awarded with a competitive research grant at the Institute for Industrial, Radio physical and Environmental Safety (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, where he collaborated in different research projects related to corrosion, coatings or development of materials for hydrogen production. During this period he was also assistant lecturer in the Chemical Engineering degree and He participated as a lecturer in an International Program of the Florida State University (USA).
In 2013, He got a contract with the University of Manchester, where he works in collaborative projects funded by BP ICAM (International Centre for Advanced Materials). These projects require the use of a plethora of techniques such as mechanical and electrochemical testing, modelling and materials characterisation. He is currently working in one of the EPSRC prosperity programs related with the study of corrosion scales by using XCT techniques.