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FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CHEMISTRY 2011

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US awards $ 47 million in grants for bioenergy research and development

Along with the industry, many universities too received grants for their research work in biofuels. The US is looking to develop and commercialize biofuels, to create economic opportunities for rural communities and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

John S Waugh awarded Welch Award 2011, for NMR related-research

The recipient is honoured for revolutionizing NMR spectroscopy, which forms a critical research tool central to many scientific discoveries. Dr Waugh has received $ 300,000 for further research in NMR.

Public, private sectors unite to research brewing by-products

Research councils are set to research ways of extracting valuable chemicals from co-products of grain brewing. This will help find ways to process the by-products to yield chemicals sustainably that are usually produced from fossil fuels.

Huntsman joins Bark Biorefinery project for polyurethanes research

The academia and industry joint venture will explore how to extract value from tree bark, a forest residue of the lumber industry. Previous research indicates that incorporating bark products into other polymers can result in improved properties.

Informative Reads – Focus on academic research

New carbon material boosts supercapacitors

Researchers have discovered a new carbon based material for supercapacitor electrodes which could allow them to store the same amount of energy as a lead-acid battery but with much faster charge times.

Chemistry curbs spreading of carbon dioxide

The study shows that distinct regimes of CO2 transport may occur in deep saline rock formations. Depending on the reaction, CO2 will remain near the top of the reservoir or will spread from the top throughout the depth of the aquifer.

"Computer Synapse" analyzed at the nanoscale

Researchers at Hewlett Packard and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have analysed in unprecedented detail the physical and chemical properties of an electronic device that computer engineers hope will transform computing.

Updates – Celebrating International Year Of Chemistry 2011

Top 100 chemists for the year 2000-2010

Supporting the International Year Of Chemistry, 2011, on February 10, 2011, Thomson Reuters released data identifying the world's top 100 chemists over the past 10 years as ranked by the impact of their published research.

Top 100 Chemists, 2000-2010, Ranked by Citation Impact

Top 100 Chemists, 2000-2010, Ranked by Citation Impact
(among those with 50 or more papers)
Rank Scientists Papers Citations Impact
1 Charles M. LIEBER 74 17,776 240.22
Harvard University
2 Omar M. YAGHI 90 19,870 220.78
University of California Los Angeles
3 Michael O'KEEFFE 73 12,910 176.85
Arizona State University
4 K. Barry SHARPLESS 60 9,754 162.57
Scripps Research Institute
5 A. Paul ALIVISATOS 93 14,589 156.87
University of California Berkeley
6 Richard E. SMALLEY† 60 9,217 153.62
Formerly Rice University
7 Hongjie DAI 88 12,768 145.09
Stanford University
8 Xiaogang PENG 59 8,548 144.88
University of Arkansas
9 Valery V. FOKIN 54 6,853 126.91
Scripps Research Institute
10 Peidong YANG 95 11,167 117.55
[MS 1] University of California Berkeley
11 Benjamin LIST 81 8,808 108.74
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
12 Mark E. THOMPSON 53 5,394 101.77
[MS 50] University of Southern California
13 Robert H HAUGE 55 5,566 101.2
Rice University
14 Eric N. JACOBSEN 81 7,985 98.58
Harvard University
15 Banglin CHEN 61 5,929 97.2
University of Texas San Antonio
16 David W.C. MACMILLAN 55 5,267 95.76
Princeton University
17 Mostafa EL-SAYED 111 10,135 91.31
Georgia Institute of Technology
18 Ezio RIZZARDO 52 4,747 91.29
Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
19 Michael S. STRANO 54 4,843 89.69
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20 Michael J. ZAWOROTKO 83 7,403 89.19
University of South Florida
21 Dmitri V. TALAPIN 56 4,981 88.95
University of Chicago
22 Ryoji NOYORI 62 5,486 88.48
Nagoya University
23 Chad A. MIRKIN 233 20,505 88
Northwestern University
24 Liberato MANNA 62 5,431 87.6
Italian Institute of Technology
25 Richard P. VAN DUYNE 88 7,690 87.39
Northwestern University
26 Robert H. GRUBBS 170 14,617 85.98
California Institute of Technology
27 Carlos F. BARBAS 95 8,029 84.52
Scripps Research Institute
28 James R. HEATH 69 5,830 84.49
California Institute of Technology
29 Moungi G. BAWENDI 52 4,364 83.92
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
30 David A. CASE 60 5,007 83.45
Rutgers University
31 Shouheng SUN 84 6,970 82.98
Brown University
32 Catherine J. MURPHY 69 5,717 82.86
[MS 10] University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign
33 M. G. FINN 76 6,286 82.71
Scripps Research Institute
34 Stephen L. BUCHWALD 169 13,941 82.49
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
35 Younan XIA 161 13,120 81.49
[MS 4] Washington University St. Louis
36 Stuart L. SCHREIBER 66 5,369 81.35
Harvard University
37 Taeghwan HYEON 82 6,587 80.33
[MS 19] Seoul National University
38 George M. WHITESIDES 228 18,237 79.99
Harvard University
39 Ryong RYOO 77 6,057 78.66
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
40 Michael F. RUBNER 51 4,004 78.51
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
41 Xiangfeng DUAN 64 5,022 78.47
[MS 20] University of California Los Angeles
42 Michael GRÄTZEL 187 14,602 78.09
[MS 48] Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
43 Gregory C. FU 111 8,384 75.53
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
44 Horst WELLER 73 5,428 74.36
[MS 89] University of Hamburg
45 Joan F. BRENNECKE 65 4,827 74.26
University of Notre Dame
46 Kenneth R. SEDDON 94 6,916 73.57
Queen's University Belfast
47 Alan J. HEEGER 66 4,758 72.09
[MS 8] University of California Santa Barbara
48 Andreas MANZ 70 5,030 71.86
Korea Institute of Science and Technology - Europe
49 Hua Chun ZENG 53 3,673 69.3
National University of Singapore
50 Suprakas Sinha RAY 50 3,411 68.22
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
51 Mikhail E. ITKIS 60 4,069 67.82
University of California Riverside
52 Osamu TERASAKI 92 6,198 67.37
Stockholm University
53 Shaik M. ZAKEERUDDIN 63 4,204 66.73
[MS 29] Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
54 Wenbin LIN 104 6,930 66.63
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
55 Yadong YIN 57 3,787 66.44
[MS 2] University of California Riverside
56 John R. YATES 86 5,696 66.23
Scripps Research Institute
57 Samuel I. STUPP 62 4,073 65.69
Northwestern University
58 Prashant V. KAMAT 99 6,426 64.91
University of Notre Dame
59 John D. HOLBREY 63 4,016 63.75
Queen's University Belfast
60 Jens K. NØRSKOV 122 7,736 63.41
Technical University of Denmark
61 Yugang SUN 93 5,896 63.4
[MS 5] Argonne National Laboratory
62 Evgeny KATZ 97 6,147 63.37
Clarkson University
63 Craig J. HAWKER 141 8,893 63.07
[MS 75] University of California Santa Barbara
64 Christian SRRE 72 4,517 62.74
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
65 Richard H FRIEND 74 4,642 62.73
[MS 71] University of Cambridge
66 Jean M. J. FRÉCHET 209 12,985 62.13
University of California Berkeley
67 James M. TOUR 134 8,325 62.13
Rice University
68 Robert C. HADDON 84 5,191 61.8
University of California Riverside
69 Peter J. STANG 103 6,356 61.71
University of Utah
70 Nicholas A. KOTOV 78 4,809 61.65
[MS 24] University of Michigan
71 F. Dean TOSTE 84 5,163 61.46
University of California Berkeley
72 Michal KRUK 54 3,315 61.39
City University of New York
73 Didier ASTRUC 114 6,883 60.38
University Bordeaux I
74 Michael GIERSIG 55 3,310 60.18
[MS 83] Free University of Berlin
75 George C. SCHATZ 202 12,116 59.98
Northwestern University
76 Harold G. CRAIGHEAD 51 3,042 59.65
Cornell University
77 Keith FAGNOU† 63 3,747 59.48
University of Ottawa
78 Milan MRKSICH 54 3,168 58.67
University of Chicago
79 Alois FÜRSTNER 151 8,858 58.66
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
80 Karl Anker JØRGENSEN 152 8,893 58.51
Aarhus University
81 Rustem F. ISMAGILOV 59 3,437 58.25
University of Chicago
82 Richard A. FRIESNER 98 5,697 58.13
Columbia University
83 Jairton DUPONT 120 6,964 58.03
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
84 John F. HARTWIG 167 9,638 57.71
University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign
85 Robert LANGER 98 5,632 57.47
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
86 Mark E. DAVIS 66 3,791 57.44
California Institute of Technology
87 Manos MAVRIKAKIS 56 3,205 57.23
University of Wisconsin Madison
88 Adi EISENBERG 65 3,720 57.23
McGill University
89 Maurice BROOKHART 87 4,978 57.22
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
90 Amir H. HOVEYDA 122 6,967 57.11
Boston College
91 Charles R. MARTIN 58 3,312 57.1
University of Florida
92 Alexander ZAPF 60 3,407 56.78
University of Rostock
93 Jeffrey R. LONG 98 5,563 56.77
University of California Berkeley
94 Neil R. CHAMPNESS 86 4,877 56.71
University of Nottingham
95 Naomi J. HALAS 73 4,131 56.59
Rice University
96 Abraham NITZAN 51 2,879 56.45
Tel Aviv University
97 Charles L. BROOKS 67 3,778 56.39
University of Michigan
98 Helmut CÖLFEN 82 4,595 56.04
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
99 Jérôme CORNIL 65 3,640 56
University of Mons
100 Geoffrey W. COATES 90 5,029 55.88
Cornell University
 Ranks in materials science [MS] are noted beneath ranks in chemistry.
† = deceased
© Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters, January 1, 2000 – October 31, 2010