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Discovering Cross-Linked Aerogels

Leventis recalls the moment when he realized that his process for cross-linking aerogels worked: “We came up with the idea in 2002 based off of curiosity. I did the first two experiments myself, and I engaged other students after that.” Seeking independent research to confirm the findings, Leventis approached two graduate students. Giving them the recipe, he asked them to duplicate the results.

Chemical Curiosity

Nicholas Leventis
Professor, Chemistry
Missouri S&T

By Brittany Barr