Mark Levenstein is an American materials scientist at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) outside of Paris, France. A former Fulbright Scholar, he completed his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He then performed postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the design of new materials for coral reef restoration. His current research is focused on understanding how solid materials form in order to improve products in fields as diverse as construction, recycling, and healthcare. He is also interested in science communication, public science literacy, and the history and philosophy of science. In his free time, Mark enjoys music, art, food, and, ideally, experiencing these things in new and exciting locations.
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