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 135 articles in high impact factor scientific journals, four book chapters and she has been awarded 12 U.S. Patents. Her publications and patents have received over 4,330 citations, and her h-index is 38. She has also received 12 excellence in teaching awards from MS&T for her instruction in both undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses.
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