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Dr. Jeannette M. Garcia is a Manager and the Global Lead for Quantum Applications in Quantum Chemistry and Science in IBM Research. Her team's research focuses on applications relating to quantum chemistry and science for quantum computing. Her research interests have focused on the rational design of new polymers and materials with sustainable methods, targeting recyclable materials with mechanical and thermal properties in unique combinations. Garcia initiated a program in high-performance materials, energy storage and polymer recycling. From this emerged the team’s discovery of a new class of industrial polymers, which can potentially be used as printable materials (3D printing), structural composites, cargo carriers, adhesives and sealants. Her team also discovered a mechanism for using discarded drink bottles or electronic waste to create high-performance polymers and designed a low cost, portable detection system for the detection and removal of toxic heavy metals in drinking water.
Garcia received her BS from Seattle University, and PhD in Chemistry at Boston College under the guidance of Dr. Amir H. Hoveyda, where she focused on catalyst design and development. When she first joined IBM Research in 2012, she worked with Dr. Jim Hedrick on high performance and recyclable materials as a postdoctoral researcher until 2013. She was a Research Staff Member until 2017 and from 2017-2018, she served as the Technical Advisor to Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, COO of IBM Research, at IBM Research headquarters located in Yorktown Heights, NY.
Garcia is one of MIT Tech Review’s 2015 35 Innovators Under 35, one of Business Insider’s 17 IBM Research Rock Stars, and the recipient of the Individual World Technology Award in Materials. In 2016, Garcia was named as one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the ACS POLY Division's Young Industrial Polymer Chemist Award and also chosen as a 2017 YWCA Emerging Leader. She has authored over 36 papers, has over 80 patents granted or pending and is an IBM Master Inventor. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio (NPR), and Scientific American.