Professors, Alumni Among “Highly Cited Researchers”

Drexel’s flagship College of Engineering continues to be outstanding among national roundups. In a database compiled by Stanford University, 22 tenure or tenure track faculty members, representing disciplines from across the college, appear among the top 2% of the most-cited researchers in their fields.

In the list of impact for 2022, Distinguished Professor and Charles T. & Ruth M. Bach Professor Yury Gogotsi, PhD is ranked as the #27 researcher world-wide in all fields, #3 world-wide and #1 in the United states for researchers whose primary discipline is listed as Nanoscience. He is ranked #9 worldwide for career impact in the field. His work in Materials Science, specifically in the discovery, characterization, research, and application of MXenes, has opened up an entirely new area of study of materials.

Distinguished Professor Michel Barsoum, PhDan internationally recognized leader in the study of MAX phases as well as MXenes, is ranked #124 in the 2022 worldwide list of all research disciplines, #1 worldwide for researchers whose primary discipline is listed as materials, and #8 for career impact in that field.

“To have two Drexel engineers ranked as the #1 most cited researchers in their field is a remarkable achievement”, said Jin Wen, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation. “Besides that, I am also extremely proud that a fifth of our tenure or tenured-track faculty are considered the most influential scientists in the world. We are exceedingly proud of the work being done here on a daily basis.”

A variety of other researchers from every department in the College of Engineering have also been featured:

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Materials Science and Engineering


Additionally, Gogotsi, Barsoum and several materials science and engineering alumni are among the most cited in their fields, according to an annual list released by Clarivate, a British-American analytics company. Published each November, the list identifies researchers who have a great influence on the scientific community through the number of times they were cited in academic papers, using data and analysis from the Institute for Scientific Information.

Gogotsi appears on the list for the ninth time this year, in both the Chemistry and Materials Science categories. He is one of only 219 researchers who are listed in more than one category. Barsoum was named in the Materials Science category, the sixth time he has appeared on that list.

Drexel Materials alumni named highly cited researchers include Michael Naguib (PhD ‘14), associate professor at Tulane University; Maria Lukatskaya (PhD ‘15), assistant professor at ETH Zurich; Chuanfang (John) Zhang (PhD ‘14), senior researcher and adjunct professor at Empa; Babak Anasori (PhD ‘14), assistant professor at Indiana- Purdue University and Editor-in-Chief of Graphene and 2D Metals at Springer Nature Group; and Volker Presser, who is now a professor at Saarland University.