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11/17/2023 13:00

Eleven TU Dresden researchers amongst the most cited worldwide

Benjamin Griebe Pressestelle
Technische Universität Dresden

    Once again, TU Dresden has been able to prove the quality of its research: Nine researchers working directly at TUD and two researchers stating TUD as their second affiliation are among the world's most cited researchers.

    This year, there are 6,849 researchers on the list of “Highly Cited Researchers” (HCR). Based on the number of citations, they are the world’s most influential researchers. Amongst these, 336 are researchers working in Germany. With eleven researchers entering the list, TUD is again one of the most highly represented institutions worldwide. Only 238 researchers worldwide are listed as “Highly Cited” in two different subject areas – including Prof. Xinliang Feng from TU Dresden in the fields of chemistry and materials science.

    The Clarivate Analytics ranking lists scientists who have been involved in several of the most cited one percent of publications in their field over the past decade, categorized by publication year. The evaluation is based on the “Science Citation Index Expanded™” and the “Social Sciences Citation Index™.” This year’s list of “Highly Cited Researchers” covers the decade from 2012 to 2022. In total, around 188,500 publications were amongst the one percent most cited per subject, per year.
    “Once again, the results of the ranking are an impressive testament to our researchers' prowess. Our research results have an impact on scientific communities and underpin TU Dresden's position as a University of Excellence,” emphasizes Prof. Angela Rösen-Wolff, Vice-Rector Research at TU Dresden.
    In addition to being an individual award for the researchers, the result is equally an expression of the performance strength of their teams. Here is some background information on the researchers named in the ranking and currently working at TUD, sorted alphabetically within their departments:


    Simon Alberti
    Stress is omnipresent in our daily lives. Prof. Simon Alberti at the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of TU Dresden is working to understand the consequences of stress at a molecular level. His group’s research focuses on studying the cytoplasm of cells.
    “The cytoplasm is a mysterious jelly-like substance inside cells. It sustains the biochemical reactions that are essential for life,” explains Prof. Simon Alberti, Chair of Cellular Biochemistry at TU Dresden and research group leader at Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) since 2018. “How the cytoplasm organizes itself is one of the big remaining questions in biology. We use cell biological, biochemical, biophysical and genetic approaches and diverse model systems to understand how the cytoplasm reorganizes itself upon environmental perturbations and stress.”
    Prof. Alberti and his team are particularly interested in molecular condensates, also known as membraneless compartments. These newly discovered structures in the cytoplasm have unique properties that continue to surprise researchers. The formation and role of molecular condensates is currently one of the most rapidly developing areas of research in biology.
    Profile in TU Dresden’s Research Information System (FIS)

    Faculty of Medicine

    Triantafyllos Chavakis
    The scientific focus of Prof. Triantafyllos Chavakis’ group is on innate immunity and immune metabolism (interface between immunology and metabolism). The researchers are trying to merge fundamental research and translational medicine. They are studying the role of inflammatory mechanisms in metabolic diseases (type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), malignant illnesses and inflammatory bone loss. Their research focuses on mechanisms of initiation and resolution of inflammation, the role of cellular metabolism in regulating leukocyte function and activation, the regulation of myelopoiesis in bone marrow, and the novel principle of trained immunity or innate immune memory.
    Institute at the UKD

    Andreas Linkermann
    For the second year in a row, Prof. Andreas Linkermann has been included in the list of “highly cited researchers.” The nephrologist’s research focuses on new treatments for acute kidney failure, the protection of transplanted organs, the development of new drugs and of new biomarkers for the specific detection of dying tissue. Mechanistically, the death of cells is the main focus. These cell death processes call for potential therapeutic approaches. The research group has been working on the molecular understanding of such processes for 15 years. Comparable mechanisms also contribute to other common illnesses, such as heart attacks or strokes. In the last five years, the group has also focused on the effects of dying cells on the inflammatory response.

    Chemistry (cfaed)

    Renhao Dong
    Dr. Renhao Dong is a TUD Young Investigator and leads an independent research group at the Chair of Molecular Functional Materials at the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed). His current scientific interests mainly include organic 2D materials, including the development of interface-assisted synthesis methods, design and synthesis of topological π-conjugated molecules, conjugated 2D polymers (2D polymers/COFs), MOFtronics (conductive 2D MOFs or optoelectronics, magnetics, electrocatalysis, energy storage sensing), novel van der Waals and lateral heterostructures, as well as exotic physical and chemical properties.

    Chemisty (cfaed) and Materials Science

    Xinliang Feng
    The focus of Prof. Xinliang Feng and his team’s scientific research includes synthetic methods for novel polymers, organic and polymer synthesis, interfacial chemistry, supramolecular chemistry of π-conjugated systems, bottom-up synthesis of carbon nanostructures and graphene nanoribbons, 2D polymers and supramolecular polymers, carbon-rich conjugated 2D polymers for optoelectronics and spintronics, electrochemical exfoliation of 2D crystals, graphene and 2D materials for energy storage and conversion, new energy devices and technologies.

    Thomas Heine
    The aim of the research is the rational design of innovative materials with properties that allow new and more efficient applications, e.g. in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, in photochemical and electrochemical catalysis, and in the separation of hydrogen isotopes. For this purpose, theoretical methods are being developed and applied to nanostructured materials. The current focus lies on two-dimensional materials such as 2D crystals, 2D polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

    Stefan Kaskel
    The Chair of Inorganic Chemistry I is conducting research into modern inorganic materials for the energy revolution. The focus is on porous materials, battery research, ultracapacitors, as well as environmental and electrocatalysis. The DUT-60 material developed in Dresden currently represents the world record for porosity accessible to gases. The spectrum of the interdisciplinary research team, with over 50 employees, ranges from the fundamentals to industrial application.
    Stefan Kaskel - ‪Google Scholar‬‬

    Minghao Yu
    Dr. Minghao Yu's research involves developing novel organic and inorganic 2D materials and novel 2D hybrids, exploring their fundamental electrochemical properties for electrochemical energy storage and electrocatalysis, as well as fabricating next-generation energy storage devices, including supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries.

    Engineering sciences

    Thomas Mikolajick
    Prof. Mikolajick is Chair of Nanoelectronics and scientific director of the TUD subsidiary NaMLab. The Chair focuses on atomic layer processing and novel components using 2D materials. NaMLab explores materials for electronic components. Among the research paths of the last few years, he investigated ferroelectricity in hafnium oxide and reconfigurable components based on nanowires.
    Profile in TU Dresden’s Research Information System (FIS)

    The researchers Renhao Dong ( Xiaodong Zhuang ( stated TU Dresden as their second institution.

    More detailed information on the ranking and the methodology:
    Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list:
    Evaluation & selection:

    You can see the researchers of TU Dresden listed under “Dresden University of Technology”:

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