Curriculum Vita

Kurt Leinenweber



1983 B. S., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

1990 Ph. D., Geology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


Positions Held

1994-present Assistant Research Specialist, Department of Chemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1991-1994 Research Assistant Professor, University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

1989-1991 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan


Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union

American Crystallographic Association

American Physical Society

Mineralogical Society of America

Sigma Xi


Honors and Awards

1984-1985 Hess Prize, Princeton University

1989-1990 Monbusho Fellowship, Japan


Professional Activities

1995 - present Design Team, for GSE CARS large volume press (Design multiple

anvil device and X-ray system for Earth Science synchrotron beam line at Advanced Photon Source, Argonne Nat Labs)

1998 K. Righter and K. Leinenweber (organizers): Multianvil Working Group I at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

2000 K. Leinenweber, K. Righter, and D.J. Weidner (organizers): Multianvil Working Group II at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.



Funded Research Grants

1. High-pressure phase transitions in lithium niobate-structured compounds. NSF, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1989

2. Acquisition of a 1000-ton multianvil press for high-pressure research. NSF EAR-9520860 to J.R. Holloway, K. Leinenweber, P.F. McMillan, J. Tyburczy, and G. Wolf, Sept. 1994 to March 1996 ($84,650)

3. Recovery of unquenchable high pressure phases by a cryogenic technique. NSF EAR-9628678 to K. Leinenweber, July 1995 to July 1997 ($42,065)

4. Crystal structural analysis of new phases formed under mantle conditions in geological systems. NSF to K. Leinenweber, July 2000 to July 2002 ($69,179)

Synergistic Activities

Development of an interlaboratory comparison of multianvil pressure calibrations from around the world, with Kevin Righter at University of Arizona.

Have convened 2 multianvil workshops at the fall meetings of the American Geophysical Union, 1997 and 2000, in order to bring researchers together and discuss multianvil pressure and temperature calibration and other experimental issues, with Kevin Righter and D.J. Weidner. These open meetings were attended by approximately 50 researchers.

Currently involved as a user in the HIPPO neutron diffraction project (Los Alamos, NM); will be presenting at the HIPPO diffractometer user workshop, Feb. 2001.

Have served on the design team for the large-volume research press at GeoCARS (Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources), 1997-present.

Am currently working on techniques for rapid identification and solution of unknown crystallographic unit cells from powder diffraction data. The techniques are intended for synchrotron researchers and others requiring the solution of low-resolution x-ray data in real time. A free application program for this purpose is in development and is being tested by some of my colleagues.

Collaborators and Advisors


Alexandra Navrotsky, Mirko Schoenitz (University of California at Davis)

Paul F. McMillan (University College London and Royal Institute)

Michael O’Keeffe (Arizona State University)

Robert B. VonDreele (Los Alamos National Laboratories)

John Parise, Donald Weidner (SUNY at Stony Brook)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Alexandra Navrotsky (University of California at Davis)

Takehiko Yagi (University of Tokyo)



Leinenweber, K., Navrotsky, A. (1988) A transferable interatomic potential for crystalline phases in the system MgO-SiO2. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 15, 588-596.

Leinenweber, K., Navrotsky, A. (1989) Thermochemistry of phases in the system MgGa2O4-Mg2GeO4. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 16, 497-502.

Leinenweber, K., Navrotsky, A., McMillan, P., Ito, E. (1989) Transition enthalpies and entropies of high pressure zinc metasilicates and zinc metagermanates. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals ,16, 799-808.

Ross, N.L., Leinenweber, K. (1990) Single crystal structural refinement of high-pressure ZnGeO3 ilmenite. Zeitschrift fur Kristallgraphie, 191, 93-104.

Leinenweber, K., Utsumi, W., Tsuchida, Y., Yagi, T. Kurita, K. (1991) Unquenchable high-pressure perovskite polymorphs of MnSnO3 and FeTiO3. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 18, 244-250.

Weidner, D.J., Vaughan, M.T., Ko, J., Wang, Y., Leinenweber, K., Liu, X., Yaganeh-Haeri, A., Pacalo, R.E., Zhao, Y. (1992) Large volume high pressure research using the wiggler port at NSLS. High Pressure Research, 8, 617-623.

Zhao, Y., Weidner, D.J., Ko, J., Leinenweber, K., Liu, X., Li, B., Meng, Y., Pacalo, R.E.G., Vaughan, M.T., Wang, Y., Yaganeh-Haeri, A. (1992) Perovskite at high P-T conditions: An in-situ x-ray diffraction study of NaMgF3 perovskite. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Meng, Y., Weidner, D.J., Gwanmesia, G.D., Liebermann, R.C., Vaughan, M.T., Wang, Y., Leinenweber, K., Pacalo, R.E., Yaganeh-Haeri, A., Zhao, Y. (1993). In-situ high P-T X-ray diffraction studies on 3 polymorphs (alpha, beta, gamma) of Mg2SiO4. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth 98: 22199-22207.

Parise, J.B., Leinenweber, K., Weidner, D.J., Tan, K., Von Dreele, R.B. (1994) Pressure-induced H bonding: Neutron diffraction study of brucite, Mg(OD)2, to 9.3 GPa. American Mineralogist, 79, 193-196.

Leinenweber, K., Wang, Y., Yagi, T., Yusa, H. (1994) An unquenchable perovskite phase of MgGeO3 and comparison with MgSiO3 perovskite. American Mineralogist, 79, 197-199.

Mehta, A., Leinenweber, K., Navrotsky, A., Akaogi, M. (1994) Calorimetric study of high pressure polymorphism in FeTiO3: Stability of the perovskite phase. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 21, 207-212.

Leinenweber, K., Parise, J.B. (1994) High pressure synthesis and crystal structure of CaFeTi2O6, a new perovskite structure type. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 114, 277-281.

Leinenweber, K., Linton, J., Navrotsky, A., Fei, Y., Parise, J.B. (1995) High-pressure perovskites on the join CaTiO3-FeTiO3. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 22, 251-258.

Kunz, M., Leinenweber, K., Parise, J.B., Wu, T.-C., Bassett, W.A., Brister, K., Weidner, D.J., Vaughan, M.T., Wang, Y. (1996) The baddeleyite-type high pressure phase of Ca(OH)2. High Pressure Research 14, 311-319.

Leinenweber, K, Grzechnik, A., Voorhees, M., McMillan, P.F. (1997) Structural variation in Ca(TixSi1-x)O3 perovskites (1>x>0.65) and the ordered phase Ca2TiSiO6. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 24, 528-534.

Ekbundit, S., Leinenweber, K., Yarger, J.L., Robinson, J.S., Verhelst-Voorhees, M., Wolf, G.H. (1997) New high pressure phase and pressure-induced amorphization of Ca(OH)2: grain size effect. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 126, 300-307.

Kawamoto, T., Leinenweber, K., Hervig, R.L., Holloway, J.R. (1995) Stability of hydrous minerals in H2O-saturated KLB-1 peridotite up to 15 GPa. In: K. Farley (ed.) Volatiles in the Earth and Solar System. American Institute of Physics.

Hubert, H., Garvie, L.A.J., Leinenweber, K., Buseck, P.R., Petuskey, W.T., McMillan, P.F. (1995) High-pressure, high-temperature synthesis of superhard boron suboxide. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 410, 191-196.

Yao N, Navrotsky A, Leinenweber K (1996) Convergent beam electron diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy of CaFeTi2O6 perovskite. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 123, 73-82.

Yarger JL, Leinenweber K, McMillan PF, Daniel I, Xiao Y, Kirkpatrick RJ (1996) Pressure-induced coordination changes in CaAl2O4 glass as shown by 27Al magic angle spinning NMR. Submitted, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.

Leinenweber K, Partin DE, Schuelke U, O'Keeffe M, Von Dreele RB (1997) The structure of high pressure Ca(OD)2 from powder neutron diffraction: Relationship to the ZrO2 and EuI2 structures. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 132, 267-273.

Leinenweber K, Parise J (1997) Rietveld refinement of Ca2TiSiO6 perovskite. American Mineralogist. 82, 475-478.

Leinenweber K, Schuelke U, Ekbundit S (1998) Cryogenic recovery of unquenchable high pressure samples using a multianvil device. Geophysical Monograph 101: Properties of Earth and Planetary Materials at High Pressure and Temperature, American Geophysical Union.

Leinenweber, K.; O’Keeffe, M.; Somayazulu, M.; Hubert, H.; McMillan, P.F.; Wolf, G.H. (1999) Synthesis and structure refinement of the spinel, g-Ge3N4. Chemistry: A European Journal 5, 3076-3078.

Schoenitz, M.; Navrotsky, A.; Leinenweber, K. (2000) The enthalpy of transformation of Ca(OH)2-I (portlandite) to Ca(OH)2-II (ZrO2 structure) by low-temperature DSC. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 27, 604-609.

Dong, Jianjun; Tomfohr, J.K.; Sankey, O.F.; Leinenweber, K.; Somayazulu, M.; McMillan, P.F. (2000) Can tetrahedrally bonded non-molecular carbon-dioxide (CO2) solids be super-hard? Physical Review B, Vol 62, 14685-14689.

Polsky, Cynthia; Martinez, L.M.; Leinenweber, K.; VerHelst, M.A.; Angell, C.A.; Wolf, G.H. (2000) Pressure-induced crystallization of vitreous ZnCl2. Physical Review B 61, 5934-5938.

Somayazulu, M. S., Leinenweber, K., Hubert, H., McMillan, P. F. and Wolf, G. H. (2000). High-pressure, high temperature synthesis of spinel Ge3N4. Joint Internationals Conference -- AIRAPT-17 - on High Pressure Science and Technology.

Zhang, Z., Leinenweber, K., Bauer, M., Garvie, L., McMillan, P. F. and Wolf, G. H. (2000). "High pressure bulk synthesis of crystalline C6N9H4Cl: A new compound containing a layered C-N network." Submitted to Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Morris, E., Groy, T., Leinenweber, K. (2001). Crystal structure and bonding in the high pressure form of fluorite (CaF2). In press, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids.