Three Chemists Rank Among the World's Most Influential

Date

12/31/15

Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015.

The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters. “About 3,000 researchers earned this distinction … ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.”

The list is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence over the past 12 years.

The highly cited Illinois chemists this year are: Yi Lu, Catherine Murphy, and John Rogers.

 

Yi Lu photo
Yi Lu
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Lu, the Jay and Ann Shenck Professor of Chemistry at Illinois, joined the department in 1994, after earning his Ph.D. from UCLA. His research focuses on the design and engineering of metalloenzymes and their applications as biocatalysts in alternative energy applications and as sensors and imaging agents to be used in environmental monitoring, food safety and medical diagnostics. Among his achievements, Lu is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Award.

 

Catherine Murphy photo
Catherine Murphy
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Murphy is the Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry at Illinois. Her research focuses on the synthesis, shape control, biological applications and environmental implications of gold nanoparticles. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990, and joined the U. of I. chemistry department in 2009. Murphy was recognized by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in the field of chemistry in 2014 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. She is the associate director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

 

John Rogers
John Rogers
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Rogers is a Swanlund Professor at Illinois, a professor of materials science and engineering and the director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at Illinois. He develops flexible, stretchable and transient electronics for practical applications including medicine and solar energy. Rogers earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was recognized by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in the field of materials science in 2014.

Partially excerpted from UIUC News article, by Sarah Banducci

 

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