Nicholas Leventis received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece (1980) and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University with The Late Peter Wagner on organic chemistry/photochemistry (1985). In 1992 he completed Harvard University’s one-year Graduate Program in Administration and Management and received the Katie F. Young Award. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Mark Wrighton at MIT (1985-1988) and worked for six years in the private sector (1988-1994) before joining as an Assistant Professor the Chemistry Department of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), advancing to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Professor in 2007. In 1998 he was a Senior Faculty Fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. During an extended leave from MS&T (2002-2006) Dr. Leventis worked as a GS-15 Civil Servant in the Polymers Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center, where he established the aerogels research program.
In 1992 Dr. Leventis received the Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Section of the American Chemical Society for his work on electrochromic polymers. In 2005 he received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for “ground breaking research in the development of polymer cross-linked aerogels.” Dr. Leventis has won the Society for American Military Engineers Award (2008) and the Nano50™ Award twice, in 2005 for “Reinforced Aerogels” and in 2007 for “Mechanically Strong, Polymer Crosslinked Aerogels.” In 2010 he was named Curators’ Professor of the University of Missouri System.
Besides nanotechnology, Dr. Leventis’ interests include physical organic chemistry, electrochemistry, polymeric and inorganic materials and he has published over 140 articles in all major areas of chemistry. He has been awarded 13 US Patents. His h-index is 28. His publications have received over 2,500 citations.