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Ayres Hall as seen on May 04, 2018..Photo by Erik Campos
Ayres Hall. Photo by Erik Campos

When peers cite a faculty member’s research, it’s a solid indication of the respect they have attained in their field.

Clarivate Analytics annually calculates the world’s most cited researchers, and the 2018 list features eight people who work with the UT Knoxville campus in some capacity.

Those selected from UT this year are:

  • Sheng Dai, professor of chemistry; his work focuses on synthesizing and characterizing materials used in energy applications.
  • Terry C. Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology; he researches microbial ecology, water health, bioenergy, and the environment.
  • David Mandrus, Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor in materials science and engineering; he leads a group focused on discovering and characterizing new quantum materials.
  • Art J. Ragauskas, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining; his work deals with bioenergy, biofuels, and green chemical engineering.
  • Gerald Tuskan, adjunct professor in the UT Institute of Agriculture; his work involves the study of plants for bioenergy.

All five hold joint appointments with ORNL. Also selected were ORNL’s Sergei Kalinin, Richard Norby, and Bobby Sumpter, all of whom work with the ORNL-UT Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

“Publications and citations are a crucial component of elevating UT’s national and global research visibility,” said Robert Nobles, interim vice chancellor for research. “To have our faculty listed as world leaders emphasizes our position as a research-intensive university and continues the legacy of excellence for which UT is known.”

While the methodology Clarivate uses is fairly complex, it results in a list of the top 1 percent of researchers in a given field.


David Goddard (865-974-0683,