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Nianqiang Wu Recognized as One of World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers

Nianqiang Wu

Nianqiang Wu 

Nianqiang Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in Materials Science and Engineering in the Chemical Engineering Department, is one of 11 researchers at UMass Amherst recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2021. The analysis by Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science, puts Wu and the others in the top one percent by citations for their field and year.

Wu also made the list of most Highly Cited Researchers in 2018, 2019, and 2020. According to Google Scholar Citations, Wu’s most recently tabulated record is 25,740 citations in all, and 16,320 since 2016.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. The methodology that determines this “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information.

As Wu explains about his Wu Research Group, “Our research aims to gain fundamental understanding of charge transfer and energy transfer in electrochemical and optoelectronic​ materials and devices. It gives us a unique advantage in developing high-performance materials and devices with the ‘material-by-design’ strategy.”

Wu’s lab works in four areas of interplay: 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.

“These areas are tied with fundamental discovery of charge transfer and energy transfer processes,” says Wu, “and build on our interdisciplinary expertise in electrochemistry and plasmonics.”

Wu earned his Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University in China.

Now in its eighth year, the citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the world. Clarivate says its 2021 list contains 24 Nobel laureates, including five announced this year.

“This list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at UMass Amherst who are having a significant impact on the research community as evidenced by the rate at which their work is being cited by their peers,” says David Pendlebury, senior citation analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. “The research they have contributed is fueling the innovation, sustainability, health, and security that is key for our society’s future.”

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online.

(November 2021)