Empa scientists among this year's «Highly Cited Researchers»

Influencer of their science

Nov 18, 2020 | STEFANIE ZELLER

Every year, those scientists whose publications have been cited most frequently and who are thus considered particularly influential in their field are selected. As was the case last year, Empa researchers Bernd Nowack and Maksym Kovalenko are again among these «Highly Cited Researchers».

Environmental chemist Bernd Nowack is, once again and for the seventh time in a row, among the 3900 most frequently cited scientists worldwide. Image: Empa

Just as in the social media world the influence of individuals is measured by the number of followers, scientists are measured by how often their publications are cited by their peers. The company Clarivate evaluates the number of these citations and, in addition to the most influential scientific nations and institutions, also selects the most influential scientists each year. In 2020, Bernd Nowack from Empa's «Technology and Society» lab appears on the list of «Highly Cited Researchers» for the seventh year running. Maksym Kovalenko, who also holds a professorship at ETH Zurich and conducts research at Empa in the «Thin Films and Photovoltaics" lab, has received this award for the third year in succession.

Two pioneers in their fields
With his research on nanomaterials, which are also decisive for the development of new types of batteries, Maksym Kovalenko landed on the list of "Highly Cited Researchers" for the third time in 2020. Image: Empa

To compile the ranking, the most frequently cited publications worldwide from the fields of the natural and social sciences were analyzed. These are approximately 160,000 publications, which were published between January 2009 and December 2019. Scientists are included in the «Highly Cited Researchers» list if their publications belong to the Top-one percent with respect to the number of citations.

With his research on microplastics and nanomaterials and their impact on the environment, Bernd Nowack often carries out pioneering work and his research is frequently cited by his peers. Nowack appears on the list of «Highly Cited Researchers» for the seventh time in a row.

Maksym Kovalenko, who holds the professorship for functional inorganic materials at ETH Zurich since August 2020, focuses on developing novel functional materials for energy generation and storage. His research on luminescent nanoparticles led to breakthroughs, for which he had received various awards. This year, Kovalenko appears on the list for the third time in a row.

Altogether, Switzerland ranks ninth in the country competition with a total of 154 «Highly Cited Researchers», whereby the USA has been leading the ranking for years with more than 2000 influential researchers on the list.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Maksym Kovalenko
Thin Films and Photovoltaics
Phone +41 58 765 45 57

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack
Technology and Society
Phone +41 58 765 76 92


Editor / Media Contact
Stefanie Zeller
Phone +41 58 765 60 59


The full list of «Highly Cited Researchers» by Clarivate


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