Lancaster researchers listed among world’s most influential


27 November 2018 09:22
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Lancaster researchers are among the world's most cited

Lancaster University researchers feature in the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018.

The highly cited list, published annually, identifies scientists whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study.

According to Clarivate Analytics, scientists and scholars publish more than 2 million papers in journals each year. Researchers who appear on the most cited list have produced research that has stood out and won peer approval, leading other academics to cite the research in their own work.

Ranking in the top 1 per cent by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges. At Lancaster University these challenges include: preserving the world’s coral reefs, working to prevent world hunger and pioneering understanding in new materials such as graphene.

Professor Stephen Decent Lancaster University Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, said: “From developments in renewable energy and the new ‘wonder’ materials changing our world to the food on our plates and the changing state of our oceans, Lancaster researchers are leading the way on the global stage, producing high-quality research with impact. We are delighted to see our colleagues recognised in this global highly-cited list.”

The Lancaster University highly cited researchers are:

Professor Nick Graham is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Chair in Marine Ecology based in Lancaster University’s Environment Centre. His research tackles the challenges facing coral reef ecosystems, using large scale ecological and social-ecological approaches to understand and better manage climatic impacts and human use. He is also an adjunct professor at James Cook University, Australia. 

Professor Steve Long is a Distinguished Professor of Crop Sciences and has been at Lancaster University since 2016. Professor Long is a Fellow of the Royal Society and has a dual appointment at Lancaster University and the University of Illinois. His expertise in crop photosynthesis spans from molecular and in silico design to analysis of performance in the field. He uses computational and experimental approaches to improve photosynthetic efficiency, and works to address the effects of climate change on crop yield. . He has been recognized as a highly cited researcher in the field of plant and animal science every year since 2005. 

Dr Leonid Ponomarenko is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader in Lancaster University’s Physics Department specializing in the novel 2D material graphene. Recently he was part of the team of physicists which discovered how electrons travel through graphene. 

Professor Rahman Saidur has a part time affiliation to Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering. He works in the area of renewable energy, energy efficiency, thermal energy storage and nano-materials for renewable energy applications. Professor Saidur has published more than 400 journal papers and majority of them are in top ranking journals. A number of his papers were listed among the top 25 articles in Sciencedirect published by Elsevier Limited. According to Web of Science, more than 25 papers were listed as ‘highly cited’ papers. He has supervised more than 65 postgraduate students so far. Professor Saidur is the recipient of  highly cited researcher award since 2014.

Professor Mohamed Kheireddine has a part-time affiliation to Lancaster university’s Department of Engineering. His research addresses the fundamental and technical issues related to water, energy and environment. Areas of interest include developing green solvents, sorbents and processes for CO2 capture and utilisation. His research has generated more than 170 articles in ISI-ranked journals and more than 7,000 citations. His h-index is 43. Recently he has won the IChemE 2018 Global Award in water category for his project entitled ‘Self-Cleaning Ultrafiltration System Producing Clean Water’.

Martin Parry is a Professor in plant science and food security. He wants his research to have a real impact on food security by increasing the yield of major crops while also increasing the efficiency of production and food quality. He believes that one way to achieve this is to increase photosynthesis of major crops like wheat. Professor Parry has been made an Honorary Member of the Association of Applied Biologists. He has also been awarded the China National Friendship Award by Vice-Premier Ma Kai.

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