Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been named to the “2020 Highly Cited Researchers” list. This coveted list, which serves as a “who’s who” of influential researchers, identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple papers, highly cited by their peers, during the last decade.
The methodology that determines this list draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate, a global analytics company.
Wu was also named on this rarified list of researchers in 2018 and 2019. He is a leading expert on the fundamental understanding of charge transfer and energy transfer in electrochemical and optoelectronic materials and devices. His research is an approach that gives his team “a unique advantage in developing high-performance materials and devices with the ‘material-by-design’ strategy,” as Wu explains.
Approximately 6,400 researchers were named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020—some 3,900 in specific fields and about 2,500 for cross-field performance.
The names on the annual list are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Clarivate’s Web of Science citation index.
Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields (those used in the Clarivate Essential Science Indicators™) or across several fields. Clarivate says that the recognition of researchers with substantial influence in several fields keeps the Highly Cited Researcher list contemporary and relevant.
The Wu Research Group works in four key areas of application: photocatalysis and photo-electrochemical catalysis for environmental and energy sustainability; electrochemical energy storage; biosensors, microfluidics, lab-on-chips, and point-of-care testing devices for healthcare and environmental monitoring; and photodynamic therapy, drug delivery, bio-imaging, and precision medicine.
As Wu explains, “These areas are tied with fundamental discovery of charge transfer and energy transfer processes, and they build on our interdisciplinary expertise in electrochemistry and plasmonics.” (December 2020)