SRUC academic ranked alongside Nobel laureates

An academic from SRUC has been ranked as one of the most highly cited researchers from across the world, including Nobel laureates.

Vijay Kumar Thakur, Professor in New Products from Biomass at the South and West Faculty, was named in the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list from Clarivate.

The annual list identifies scientists who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Their names are drawn from publications that rank in the top 1 per cent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.

Vijay’s research activities span the disciplines of Biorefining, Biomaterials, Chemistry, Composites, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology and Polymers, as well as all aspects of Advanced and Sustainable Materials.

His most recent research work is focused on the advancement of new materials from sustainable sources using green chemistry and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies – aligning with the strategic aim of SRUC to develop high-value products from underutilised bio-renewable feedstocks.

He is among 6,167 researchers from 60 countries and regions who have been recognised this year.

The list of scientists, in 21 fields from Agricultural Sciences to Space Science, also includes 26 Nobel laureates – including three named this year.

The UK had the third highest number of scientists cited, behind the United States and China.

Vijay’s most cited paper is: Recent Progress on Ferroelectric Polymer-Based Nanocomposites for High Energy Density Capacitors: Synthesis, Dielectric Properties and Future Aspects, published by the American Chemical Society, which focused on the use of clean and environmentally-friendly techniques for the engineering of different fluoropolymers and nanocomposites.

Vijay said: “It's a great pleasure and honour to be amongst the world’s most influential researchers in the Highly Cited 2020 list.

“I am really glad that the research output conducted over the years in the field of Biorefining and Advanced Materials has been usefully applied for further research globally by researchers from different disciplines.

“It reflects the academic strength of SRUC and the UK. Receiving this honour is a great encouragement to keep me moving forward in the development of sustainable materials and manufacturing for the future.”

Posted by SRUC on 26/11/2020

Tags: Research, Awards, Sustainability
Categories: Research | SRUC and Campuses