Rice’s initiative to strengthen its position as one of the nation’s pre-eminent research universities just got a boost: Eight current or former Rice faculty members are on the 2016 list of most-cited researchers in materials science and engineering. Rice has the second-highest number of researchers on the list, just behind Northwestern University, which has 11.
MSE Supplies, the leading supplier of high-quality materials and equipment for advanced materials research and manufacturing, compiled the list using the Elsevier Scopus database. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It is designed to serve the information needs of researchers, educators, students, administrators and librarians around the world.
The Rice researchers who made the list are, in alphabetical order:
• Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
• Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering.
• Stephan Link, associate professor of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering.
• Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering.
• Peter Nordlander, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy.
• James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Former Rice faculty members Vicki Colvin and the late Richard Smalley also are on the list. Colvin was the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Smalley was a University Professor, the Gene and Norman Hackerman Chair in Chemistry and professor of physics.