International List of Highly Cited Researchers in 2019 Includes Rensselaer Researcher

November 20, 2019

International List of Highly Cited Researchers in 2019 Includes Rensselaer Researcher

Physics professor Humberto Terrones among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2019

Humberto Terrones, a professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2019, according to a list released by the Web of Science Group.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. This year, the list includes 6,217 Highly Cited Researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge,” said David Pendlebury, senior citation analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information. “These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

Terrones’ research interests are in the electronic, optical, mechanical, and chemical properties of few-layered 2D materials, as well as in using them as building blocks to form new 3D nanostructures. He is a member of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. 

“Rensselaer is leading the drive to develop new materials with the specialized properties needed to create the next generation of electronic and optical devices,” said Curt Breneman, dean of the School of Science. “It comes as no surprise that Humberto’s computational and experimental research in nanostructures is highly cited by other researchers in the field. We are proud of him for achieving this milestone, and secure in the knowledge that his work is critical for enabling further advances in functional materials that are truly transformational.”

On the 2019 list, Terrones was recognized in the cross-field category, which recognizes researchers with substantial influence in several fields. The cross-disciplinary work of these researchers exemplifies the entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit of The New Polytechnic, the driving model for teaching and research at Rensselaer.

Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, organizes the world’s research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers, and governments to accelerate the pace of research. It is powered by Web of Science — the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform.

The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here, and the methodology can be found here.



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