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Chemnitz Scientists Are Among the Most Influential Researchers in the World

Highly Cited Researchers Ranking 2018: Professors Thomas Seyller and Oliver G. Schmidt have made the list of most cited scientists

Physicist Prof. Dr. Thomas Seyller and Nanoscientist Prof. Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt are among the world’s most cited scientists. This is according to the “Highly Cited Researcher” rankings, compiled yearly by the American data analytics company Clarivate Analytics, based on their Web of Science citation indexing service and database. Seyller and Schmidt are therefore among the most influential authors in their fields of research. In 2018, the list includes 6,078 names of researchers from 21 different scientific areas. 366 of them come from Germany.

Oliver G. Schmidt was appointed as Professor of Material Systems for Nanoelectronics at Chemnitz University of Technology in 2007, and he is also the Director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. He is a pioneer in the field of rolled micro and nanotubes. He and his research team work within the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, and microsystem technology. Among other projects, they have worked on integrating self-organised, three-dimensional nanostructures on a chip. Schmidt has transformed the basic scientific findings of his research work into numerous new applications in the areas of photonics, sensor technology, medicine, and energy storage. For his outstanding work in research, production, and innovative application of functional nanostructures, he was honored in 2018 with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize – the most important research award in Germany.

Thomas Seyller has been the chair for the Professorship for Experimental Physics, with a focus on Technical Physics, since October 2012. His field of work includes the investigation of innovative materials with potential applications in the field of electronics. In addition to the measurement of material properties with modern methods of experimental surface and solid state physics, this also includes the dedicated production of the materials. Over the past 12 years, he and his group have been working extensively with graphene, along with a variety of working groups from various institutions, mainly from Europe, the US, and Japan. From 2010 to 2017 Seyller was coordinator of the so-called “priority programme” of the German Research Foundation, named “Graphenes”.

Keyword: Highly Cited Researchers ranking

The US company Clarivate Analytics, which spun off in 2016 from the media group Thomson Reuters, is investigating how often scientists are cited over a period of 11 years. For the 2018 listing, the period between 2006 and 2016 was analysed in 21 different subject areas. The rankings include scientists who belong to the top one percent of most frequently cited scientists in one or more of the 21 subject areas, or who have been cited across several areas. The results are then published in the “Highly Cited Researchers” ranking. Meanwhile, it has established itself as an important indicator of the influence that a researcher brings within their scientific fields.

Further information on the rankings:

Contact: Prof. Dr. Thomas Seyller, Phone 0371 531-32898, E-mail, Website; Prof. Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt, Phone 0371 531-33432, E-mail, Website

(Article: Mario Steinebach, Translation: Jeffrey Karnitz)

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