press release
Published: 21 November 2022

Global accolade for seven Surrey academics placed in top 1% worldwide in their field

Seven researchers at the University of Surrey have achieved global recognition for the quality and impact of their research in the “who’s who” of influential researchers - Clarivate Highly Cited Awards 2022.

The seven Highly Cited Researchers recognised for contributing to human ingenuity are: Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Max Lu, Emeritus Professor Michael N. Clifford, Professor Prashant Kumar, Dr Jian Liu, Professor Iis Tussyadiah Professor Annabelle Gawer and Dr Wei Zhang.

The award demonstrates their significant and broad influence in their field - reflected by the publication of multiple papers “highly cited” by their peers in the academic community in the past decade. The papers produced by the seven University of Surrey scholars rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index over the past decade.

The research areas covered by the University of Surrey seven Highly Cited Researchers includes: human gut microorganisms, air quality, chemical engineering, electrochemical nanoparticles, digital economy, privacy concerns and biometric data, as well as solar cell energy.

David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at University of Surrey who are having a significant impact on the research community as evidenced by the rate at which their work is being cited by their peers. These individuals are helping to transform human ingenuity into our world’s greatest breakthroughs – and it is an honor to celebrate their achievements. Research fuels the race for knowledge and it is important that nations and institutions celebrate the individuals who drive the wheel of innovation."

Professor Tim Dunne, Provost and Senior Vice-President at the University of Surrey, said:

“To have seven academics at Surrey producing research that is so highly rated and regarded by their fellow research academics is a tremendous accolade. The news comes hot on the heels of analysis of this year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK, which saw Surrey into the top 20 for the quality of our academic outputs. Day in, day out we are delivering excellent research that changes the world for the better – and accolades like these confirm our status as one of the UK’s leading universities.”

The United Kingdom achieved third place overall in Clarivate’s global analysis – with 579 Highly Cited Researchers, 8% of the world’s share - behind the United States and China respectively.

For further information go to Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers.

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