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David Mandrus holds a silica tube containing a spintronic material, MnPS3, created in his lab.

David Mandrus, the Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor in UT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named in the Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by the Web of Science Group and released last week. This is the third consecutive year he has been named in the list.

David Mandrus
David Mandrus

“Having your work cited is evidence that other researchers care about what you are doing,” Mandrus said. “It is a measure of both scientific relevance and impact. Science is a communal activity, and it is important to be working on problems that your peers care about.”

Mandrus leads the Emergent Crystalline Matter group, which is focused on the design and discovery of new quantum materials. The group works closely with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the advanced characterization of materials, with a special emphasis on neutron scattering and nanoelectronics. The Mandrus group is particularly interested in finding new materials in which magnetism and electronic transport properties are coupled in surprising new ways.

Mandrus joined ORNL in 1995. In 2010, he became a tenured professor at UT. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Gordon Battelle Prize for scientific discovery, and he recently served on the National Research Council’s Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee.

The highly cited researchers list identifies scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1 percent by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

 Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, organizes the world’s research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers and governments to accelerate the pace of research. It is powered by Web of Science—the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform.


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