Six UNIST Faculty Named to Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

Six UNIST Faculty Named to Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

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Six scientists from UNIST were named to the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list.

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Six UNIST researchers have once again distinguished themselves with inclusion in the prestigious Clarivate Analytics list of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ for 2020. The annual list, published on November 18, includes researchers with multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and publication year.

This year, about 46 researchers in South Korea named to the 2020 ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ list. Excluding the multiple overlapping fields, a total of 41 researchers in South Korea named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list, which includes 6 faculty members from UNIST. This was the second-highest number after Seoul National University that boasts 8 HCRs.

The citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe, as well as those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade. The six UNIST researchers named are: ① Distinguished Professor Rodney S. Ruoff, ② Distinguished Professor Jaephil Cho, ③ Distinguished Professor Kwang Soo Kim, ④ Distinguished Professor Sang Il Seok, ⑤ Professor Jong-Beom Baek, ⑥ Professor Hyun-Wook Lee.

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Rodney S. Ruoff, Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNIST has once again been named as one of the world’s most influential minds in the fields of materials science and chemistry. Starting in 2014, Distinguised Professor Ruoff has been named to the annual HCR list from Clarivate for the seven consecutive year. He has been also named as one of the world’s most influential minds in Chemistry.

Jaephil Cho, Director of Research Center for Innovative Battery Technologies and Professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, is known as the world leading expert on secondary batteries. Professor Cho has been named to 2020 Highly Cited Researchers List in materials science and this is the fifth time he has been named to the list.

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Distinguished Professor Sang Il Seok, Professor Jong-Beom Baek, and Professor Hyun-Wook Lee were recognized for thier distinguished contributions to the field of cross-field.

Kwang Soo Kim, Distinguished Professor of chemistry, Adjunct Professor in physics, and Director of the Center for Superfunctional Materials of UNIST, is also a National Honor Scientist of Korea. He has been named to 2020 HCR List in the cross-field category, for three consecutive years. Jong-Beom Baek, Director of Low-Dimensional Carbon Materials Center and Professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST, has also been named to 2020 HCR List in the cross-field category. It is the third time, since 2018, Professor Baek he has been named to the list. Hyun-Wook Lee, a professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST and a leading expert in the area of in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), has also been ranked in the top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in the category of cross-field. Besides, this year is the second time Professor Lee made this list.

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Sang Il Seok, Distinguished Professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Enginering at UNIST and a master of fusion research, has been ranked in the top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in the category of chemistry. This year is the first time Distinguished Professor Seok made this list. Besides, he has also been named to the annual HCR list in cross-field category in both 2018 and 2019.

The 2020 list is based on the number of citations for papers published over an 11-year period from January 2009 to December 2019. Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that ranked among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact. The yearly list contains a total of 6,167 researchers in 21 fields of the science and social sciences, as well as cross field categories.

According to Clarivate Analytics, the United States coninues to dominate the list as the home to the highest number of HCRs, with 2,650 authors. Harvard University, in particular, produced 188 HCRs, becoming the world’s largest producer of HCRs. Mainland China once again became the world’s second-largest HCR emitter, after the United States. China’s HCR has increased by 10.2%, compared to last year.

The full Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list and executive summary can be found HERE.