About Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis


  • Michigan State University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1987

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Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis

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573-341-4353 | cslevent@mst.edu


  • Michigan State University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1987

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Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis was born and raised in the island of Cyprus. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece (1982) and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University with Professor C. K. Chang in organic chemistry (1987). She was a postdoctoral fellow with Professors Roger Giese at Northeastern University (1987-1989) and William von Eggers Doering (deceased) at Harvard University (1989-1992). She worked for two years at Ciba Corning Diagnostics (1992-1994, 2 patents) before joining as an Adjunct Assistant Professor the Chemistry Department of Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) in 1994, advancing to Assistant Professor in 1995, Associate Professor in 2001 and to Professor in 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of nanotechnology, synthesis of new organic materials including aerogels, physical organic chemistry as well as supramolecular chemistry. She is the recipient of an award in organic synthesis from Ciba Corning Diagnostics and the Gustel Giessen Advanced Research Award of the Barnett Institute of Chemical Analysis and Materials Science. She has published over 140 articles in high impact factor scientific journals, four book chapters, and she has 16 U.S. Patents issued. Her publications and patents have received over 5,500 citations, and her h-index is 41. She has also received 13 excellence in teaching awards from MS&T for her instruction in both undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses.

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Expertise areas

Aerogels (synthesis and characterization), nanomaterials, microporous carbons, physical organic and supramolecular chemistry.

Research interests

Aerogels, Nanomaterials, microporous carbons, CO2 sequestration, drug delivery, supramolecular chemistry

Research funding

  • ARO
  • NSF
  • SBIR-Navy
  • Industrial


  • "Low-temperature Catalytic Synthesis of Graphite Aerogels from Polyacrylonitrile-crosslinked Iron Oxide and Cobalt Oxide Xerogel Powders" Carbon 2022, 193, 107-127.
  • "Metamaterial-like Aerogels for Broadband Vibration Mitigation," Soft Matter 2021, 17(17), 4496-4503. (Featured on the cover of this issue).
  • "Meta-Aerogels: Auxetic Shape-Memory Polyurethane Aerogels," ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2021, 3(11), 5727-5738.
  • "Synthesis of aerogel foams through a pressurized sol-gel method," Polymer 2020, 208, 122925.
  • "Polyurethane Aerogels Based on Cyclodextrins: High-Capacity Desiccants Regenerated at Room Temperature by Reducing the Relative Humidity of the Environment," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11(37),
  • "K-index: Descriptor, predictor, and correlator of complex nanomorphology to other material properties," ACS Nano 2019, 13(3), 3677-3690.
  • "A Cobalt Sunrise: Thermites Based on LiClO4-Filled Co(0) Aerogels Prepared from Polymer-Cross-Linked Cobaltia Xerogel Powders," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11(25), 22668-22676.
  • "Exceptionally High CO2 Adsorption at 273 K by Microporous Carbons from Phenolic Aerogels: The Role of Heteroatoms in Comparison with Carbons from Polybenzoxazine and Other Organic Aerogels," Macromol
  • "Low-Cost Ambient-Dried, Superhydrophobic, High Strength, Thermally Insulating, and Thermally Resilient Polybenzoxazine Aerogels," ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2019, 1, 2322-2333.
  • "Nanostructure-Dependent Marcus-Type Correlation of the Shape Recovery Rate and the Young’s Modulus in Shape Memory Polymer Aerogels," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 23321-23334.
  • "Sturdy, Monolithic SiC and Si3N4 Aerogels from Compressed Polymer-Crosslinked Silica Xerogel Powders," Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 1635-1647.
  • "Air-oxidation of phenolic resin aerogels: Backbone reorganization, formation of ring-fused pyrylium cations, and the effect on microporous carbons with enhanced surface areas," RSC Adv. 2017, 7, 5110
  • "Shape-Memory Poly(isocyanurate-urethane) (PIR-PUR) Aerogels for Deployable Panels and Biomimetic Applications," Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 4461-4477 (most cited in May 2017).
  • "Shape-Memory Poly(isocyanurate-urethane) (PIR-PUR) Aerogels for Deployable Panels and Biomimetic Applications," Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 4461-4477 (most cited in May 2017).
  • "Selective CO2 Sequestration with Monolithic Bimodal Micro/Macroporous Carbon Aerogels Derived from Stepwise Pyrolytic Decomposition of Polyamide-Polyimide-Polyurea Random Co-polymers," ACS Appl. Mate
  • "Reusable Monolithic Nanoporous Graphite-supported Nanocatalysts (Fe, Au, Pt, Pd, Ni and Rh) from Pyrolysis and Galvanic Transmetalation of Ferrocene-Based Polyamide Aerogels," Chem. Mater. 2016, 28,
  • "Polydicyclopentadiene Aerogels from 1st vs 2nd Generation Grubbs’ Catalysts: A Molecular vs a Nanoscopic Perspective," J. Sol-Gel Sci Technol. 2015, 75, 460-474.
  • "Cocoon-in-Web-like Superhydrophobic Aerogels from Hydrophilic Polyurea and Use in Environmental Remediation," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 6872-6882.
  • "Evaluation of Dysprosia Aerogels as Drug Delivery Systems: A Comparative Study with Random and Ordered Mesoporous Silicas," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 4891-4902.
  • "Breaking Aggregation and Driving the Keto-to-gem-Diol Equilibrium of the N,N´-Dimethyl-2,6-diaza-9,10-anthraquinonediium Dication to the Keto Form by Intercalation in Cucurbit[7]uril," J. Org. Chem.
  • "Orientation of Pyrylium Guests in Cucurbituril Hosts," J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 2263-2271.
  • "´Green´ Aerogels and Porous Carbons by Emulsion Gelation of Acrylonitrile," Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 26-47.
  • "Nanoengineering Strong Silica Aerogels," Nano Lett. 2002, 2(9), 957-960.