Professor & Director, Rutgers Advanced Polymer Center
Materials Science and Engineering
Dr. Lehman received his Ph.D. in Ceramics and Materials Engineering from Rutgers University. He joined the Rutgers faculty after several years experience working in the fiberglass and industrial chemical industries. During these years he held positions of research engineer and group leader of an applied research team. He later became commercial development manager for functional fluids and and product manager for polymer additives.
Dr. Lehman’s research interests center on the glass transition and the processing and properties of inorganic and organic glasses, particularly the mechanical, optical and chemical behavior of commercially important systems. His current research is focused on the mechanical and chemical properties of polymer blends, with principal attention towards immiscible blends, the behavior of multiphase composite interfaces, and applicability of these systems in structural, aerospace, and biomedical applications.
Professor Lehman's teaching responsibilities during the 2022-2023 academic year are:
- Fall 2022: Glass Engineering
- Spring 2023: Polymer Engineering
- The John Cope Leadership Award from the International Crystal Federation
- The A.I. Andrews Memorial Lecture
- John Marquis Memorial Award.
- Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
- Ralph R. Teetor Award.
- American Ceramic Society, Life Member and Fellow
- Materials Research Society
- Society of Plastics Engineers
- Ceramic Association of New Jersey, Past President and Executive Director
- Corning Museum of Glass, Donor Member
Dr. Lehman's research interests center on the glass transition and the processing and properties of inorganic and organic glasses, particularly the mechanical, optical and chemical behavior of commercially important systems. His current research is focused on the mechanical and chemical properties of polymer blends, with principal attention towards immiscible blends, the behavior of multiphase composite interfaces, and applicability of these systems in structural and biomedical applications. He is also active in developing manufacturing technologies for commercial soda lime silicate glasses, particularly in the area of recycled raw materials.
- Monika Kazancioglu, Richard Lehman, Thomas Emge, Masanori Hara, “Synthesis and characterization of silica-derived, silicate polymers: monovalent (rubidium) /divalent (strontium) system”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Vol 600, 2023, pp 122030, doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2022.122030, 15 January 2023
- M Kazancioglu, G Tsilomelekis, R Lehman, M Hara, “FTIR studies on plasticization of silicate glass with ionic liquids (conversion to silicate polymers”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Vol 561, pp 120757, June 6, 2021.
- M. Kazancioglu , R. Lehman , M. Hara, Inorganic silicate polymers made directly from silica using ionic liquid as ionic plasticizer: Monovalent-only system, Materials Today Communications, Volume 24, September 2020, 101058.
- Monika Kazancioglu, Richard Lehman, Masanori Hara, et al., “Inorganic polymers made directly from silica”, Materialia, 2019 – Elsevier Materialia, Vol 8, December 2019, 100486. doi.org/10.1016/j.mtla.2019.100486
- G. Giancola, R. Lehman and J.D. Idol, “Sustainable Polymer Composites: Immiscible Blends Prepared by Extrusion of Poly (trimethylene terephthalate) and Polyamide6,10 with High Bio-Based Content,” International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 171-176 (2013)
- G. Giancola, R.L. Lehman and J. D. Idol, “Melt processing and domain morphology of PMMA/HDPE polymer blends prepared from powder precursors,” Journal of Powder Technology, 218, 18–22 (2012)
- G. Giancola, R.L. Lehman and S. Miller, Phase Inversion Composition and Domain Identification by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy in Immiscible Blends of Poly (trimethylene terephthalate) and Polyamide6,10, Polymer Engineering and Science, Volume 52, issue 7, pp. 1548-1554 (2012)
- G.Giancola and R.L.Lehman, “In-situ formation of nano-scale PMMA network structures on the surface of immiscible polymer blends by solvent extraction and redeposition,” Journal of Polymer Engineering, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp. 157-161 January (2012)
- G. Giancola and R.L. Lehman, “Viscosity and domain morphology in binary immiscible blends of poly (trimethylene terephthalate) and polyamide6,10,” Journal of Polymer Engineering, Volume 32, Issue 4-5, pp. 265-273 (2012)
- W. Viratyaporn and Richard Lehman, “Effect of nanoparticles on the thermal stability of PMMA nanocomposites prepared by in situ bulk polymerization,” Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, January 2011, Volume 103, Issue 1, pp 267-273 (2011)