Top 100 Materials Scientists

Special Report on High-Impact Materials Scientists

A bulk single grain sample of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O being levitated by a permanent magnet. From an interview with David Cardwell featured in the Special Topic of High-Temperature Superconductors (Aug. 2009).On March 2, 2011, Thomson Reuters released data identifying the world’s top 100 materials scientists who achieved the highest citation impact scores for their papers (articles and reviews) published since January 2000.

Impact is a weighted measure of influence that seeks to reveal consistently superior performance. To ensure that a high score could not be achieved by a few highly cited papers, a threshold of 25 papers was used in the analysis. The average citation impact in materials science for the period was 6.93, so all the researchers listed above achieved more than six times that mark.

 

Top 100 Materials Scientists, 2000-10, Ranked by Citation Impact
(among those with 25 or more papers)

Rank Scientist Papers Citations Impact
1
[C 10]
Peidong YANG
University of California Berkeley
36 13,900 386.11
2
[C 55]
Yadong YIN
University of California Riverside
32 6,387 199.59
3 Michael H. HUANG
National Tsing Hua University
34 5,439 159.97
4
[C 35]
Younan XIA
Washington University St. Louis  
83 11,936 143.81
5
[C 61]
Yugang SUN
Argonne National Laboratory
37 5,231 141.38
6 Yiying WU
Ohio State University
74 9,590 129.59
7 Jan C. HUMMELEN
University of Groningen
38 4,643 122.18
8
[C 47]
Alan J. HEEGER
University of California Santa Barbara
49 5,788 118.12
9 Oomman K. VARGHESE,
Pennsylvania State University
28 3,021 107.89
10
[C 32]
Catherine J. MURPHY
University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign
31 3,313 106.87
11 Michael D. MCGEHEE
Stanford University
26 2,651 101.96
12 Christoph J. BRABEC
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
43 4,242 98.65
13 Stephen R. FORREST
University of Michigan
25 2,417 96.68
14 N. Serdar SARICIFTCI
Johannes Kepler University of Linz
74 6,444 87.08
15 Herbert GLEITER
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
29 2,440 84.14
16 Rodney S. RUOFF
University of Texas Austin
25 2,060 82.40
17 Frank CARUSO
University of Melbourne
74 5,589 75.53
18 Philippe DUBOIS
University of Mons
36 2,628 73.00
19
[C 37]
Taeghwan HYEON
Seoul National University
37 2,685 72.57
20
[C 41]
Xiangfeng DUAN
University of California Los Angeles
39 2,825 72.44
21 Rachel A. CARUSO
University of Melbourne
27 1,948 72.15
22 Galen D. STUCKY
University of California Santa Barbara
72 5,095 70.76
23 Igor V. ALEXANDROV
Ufa State Aviation Technical University
38 2,555 67.24
24
[C 70]
Nicholas A. KOTOV
University of Michigan
36 2,388 66.33
25 Craig A. GRIMES
Pennsylvania State University
55 3,626 65.93
26 Ullrich SCHERF
University of Wuppertal
64 4,099 64.05
27 Andreas STEIN
University of Minnesota
47 2,985 63.51
28 Subra SURESH
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
64 4,024 62.88
29
[C 53]
Shaik M. ZAKEERUDDIN,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne  
27 1,670 61.85
30 Ray H. BAUGHMAN
University of Texas Dallas
25 1,503 60.12
31 Paul W.M. BLOM
University of Groningen
37 2,176 58.81
32 Jenny NELSON
Imperial College London
31 1,821 58.74
33 David J. MOONEY
Harvard University
43 2,512 58.42
34 Tsu-Wei CHOU
University of Delaware
33 1,915 58.03
35 Iain MCCULLOCH
Imperial College London
30 1,725 57.50
36 Andreas GREINER
University of Marburg
30 1,716 57.20
37 Ferdi SCHÜTH
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
60 3,395 56.58
38 Henning SIRRINGHAUS
University of Cambridge
39 2,173 55.72
39 Samson A. JENEKHE
University of Washington
27 1,490 55.19
40 C. SURYANARAYANA
University of Central Florida
33 1,801 54.58
41 James R. DURRANT
Imperial College London
31 1,669 53.84
42 Guillermo C. BAZAN
University of California Santa Barbara
55 2,960 53.82
43 Meixiang WAN
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Beijing
29 1,557 53.69
44 Pierre-Antoine ALBOUY
University of Paris-Sud 11
28 1,503 53.68
45 Dietmar W. HUTMACHER
Queensland University of Technology
39 2,092 53.64
46 Anders HAGFELDT
Uppsala University
26 1,385 53.27
47 Dago M. DE LEEUW
University of Groningen and Philips Research Laboratories
32 1,704 53.25
48
[C 42]
Michael GRÄTZEL,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
52 2,763 53.13
49 Zhifeng REN
Boston College
37 1,963 53.05
50
[C 12]
Mark E. THOMPSON,
University of Southern California
28 1,482 52.93
51 Andrey L. ROGACH
City University of Hong Kong
34 1,781 52.38
52 Rinat K. ISLAMGALIEV
Ufa State Aviation Technical University
37 1,926 52.05
53 Mats R. ANDERSSON
Chalmers University of Technology
28 1,449 51.75
54 Mietek JARONIEC
Kent State University
54 2,771 51.31
55 Fujio IZUMI
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
25 1,277 51.08
56 Simon R. PHILLPOT
University of Florida
29 1,481 51.07
57 Neil COOMBS
University of Toronto
25 1,269 50.76
58 Terry C. LOWE
Manhattan Scientifics, Inc.
28 1,416 50.57
59 Wolfgang J. PARAK
University of Marburg
27 1,365 50.56
60 Marie-Paule PILENI
University Pierre & Marie Curie
32 1,612 50.38
61 Jonathan N. COLEMAN
Trinity College Dublin
30 1,507 50.23
62 Zhenan BAO
Stanford University
38 1,907 50.18
63 Dieter NEHER
University of Potsdam
30 1,499 49.97
64 Dieter WOLF
Idaho National Laboratory
26 1,285 49.42
65 Kornelius NIELSCH
University of Hamburg
27 1,322 48.96
66 Yet-Ming CHIANG
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
26 1,254 48.23
67 Joachim H WENDORFF
University of Marburg
30 1,430 47.67
68 Antonios G. MIKOS
Rice University
95 4,507 47.44
69 John R. REYNOLDS
University of Florida
45 2,131 47.36
70 David GROSSO
University Pierre & Marie Curie
55 2,548 46.33
71
[C 65]
Richard H. FRIEND,
University of Cambridge
60 2,775 46.25
72 Paula T. HAMMOND
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
42 1,927 45.88
73 Richard W. SIEGEL
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
31 1,419 45.77
74 Fred WUDL
University of California Santa Barbara
25 1,141 45.64
75
[C 63]
Craig J. HAWKER,
University of California Santa Barbara
34 1,548 45.53
76 Peter X. MA
University of Michigan
30 1,352 45.07
77 Karine ALSELME
Upper Alsace University
25 1,122 44.88
78 David L. KAPLAN
Tufts University
77 3,408 44.26
79 Donal D.C. BRADLEY
Imperial College London
57 2,522 44.25
80 Kam W. LEONG
Duke University
45 1,991 44.24
81 Yeshayahu LIFSHITZ
Technion -- Israeli Institute of Technology
25 1,097 43.88
82 John A. ROGERS
University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign
61 2,671 43.79
83
[C 74]
Michael GIERSIG,
Free University of Berlin
36 1,570 43.61
84 Jean-Luc BRÉDAS
Georgia Institute of Technology
50 2,177 43.54
85 Thomas E. MALLOUK
Pennsylvania State University
35 1,523 43.51
86 Caroline A. ROSS
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
27 1,174 43.48
87 John W. HUTCHINSON
Harvard University
42 1,824 43.43
88 David BELJONNE
University of Mons
25 1,085 43.40
89
[C 44]
Horst WELLER
University of Hamburg
25 1,082 43.28
90 Frederik C. KREBS
Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy
48 2,077 43.27
91 Linda S. SCHADLER
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
42 1,817 43.26
92 René A.J. JANSSEN
Eindhoven University of Technology
61 2,633 43.16
93 Young-Woo HEO
Kyungpook National University
30 1,294 43.13
94 Alan H. WINDLE
University of Cambridge
36 1,552 43.11
95 Andrew I. COOPER
University of Liverpool
30 1,284 42.80
96 Markus NIEDERBERGER
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
36 1,537 42.69
97 Antonio FACCHETTI
Northwestern University and Polyera Corporation
37 1,579 42.68
98 Nicola PINNA
University of Aveiro and Seoul National University
25 1,057 42.28
99 Xiang Min MENG
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Beijing
31 1,309 42.23
100 William D. NIX
Stanford University
49 2,065 42.14

Note: Sixteen of those listed also ranked in the top 100 by citation impact in chemistry, among those who published 50 or more papers in that field during the last decade. Their ranks in chemistry [C] are noted beneath their ranks in materials science.


SOURCE: Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters, January 1, 2000 – October 31, 2010.

 

In recognition of the 2011 being named the International Year of Chemistry, this publication previously featured a list of the top 100 chemists over the last decade according to citation impact (citations per paper).

In that analysis, a set of discipline-specific journals defined the field of chemistry and, as a supplement, selected papers in multidisciplinary journals such as Science and Nature were also added. But it must be admitted that chemistry is difficult to define precisely.

To supplement the previous treatment, the current table presents data on high impact researchers in materials science, a realm that overlaps with chemistry as well as with physics, engineering, and other areas. Once again, this field was defined by a set of discipline-specific journals and papers dealing with materials science from multidisciplinary titles. Influential biochemists will be the focus on another feature in the future in order to round out this review of chemistry.

The table lists the 100 researchers in materials science who achieved the highest citation impact scores for their papers (articles and reviews) published since January 2000. Impact is a weighted measure of influence that seeks to reveal consistently superior performance. To ensure that a high score could not be achieved by a few highly cited papers, a threshold of 25 papers was used in the analysis. The average citation impact in materials science for the period was 6.93, so all the researchers listed above achieved more than six times that mark.

Since approximately a half million materials scientists were recorded in the journal publications indexed by Thomson Reuters during the last decade, these 100 represent the top fiftieth of one percent. Sixteen of those listed also ranked in the top 100 by citation impact in chemistry, among those who published 50 or more papers in that field during the last decade. Their ranks in chemistry [C] are noted beneath their ranks in materials science.

As with the Chemistry 100 table, this list includes many researchers who state that a main or significant focus of their research is nanotechnology – by our count 78 of the 100.

The national affiliations of the authors are: 48 for the United States; 11 for Germany; eight for the United Kingdom; four each for France and the Netherlands; three for Australia, China, South Korea, and Switzerland; two for Belgium, Russia, and Sweden; and one apiece for Austria, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Portugal, and Taiwan (total is 101 due to Pinna’s appointments both in Portugal and in South Korea).

The institutions appearing three or more times are: University of California Santa Barbara (5), Imperial College London (4), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4), Pennsylvania State University (3), Stanford University (3), University of Cambridge (3), University of Groningen (3), University of Marburg (3), and University of Michigan (3).

For more information, view Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters.

 
A bulk single grain sample of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O being levitated by a permanent magnet. From an interview with David Cardwell featured in the Special Topic of High-Temperature Superconductors (Aug. 2009).

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