Adelaide experts in nanotechnology and advanced materials, computer science, engineering, agricultural science, medicine and other fields have all been named among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from the Web of Science Group.

The University of Adelaide has jumped from 8th to 5th in Australia in terms of the number of researchers listed across 17 fields on the Highly Cited list.

Regarded as the world’s most influential researchers, the annual list names scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations in 21 broad research fields. It is a measure of the number of times their research is referenced by other researchers – demonstrating significant research impact globally.

“Our researchers have been acknowledged as among the world’s best, cementing Adelaide as a national and international hub for talent that is central to advancing our society and securing our future,” says Professor Anton Middelberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Adelaide.

“What is particularly pleasing is that many of these research areas are critical to industry, including Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Plant and Animal Science. These underpin significant sectors of strategic importance to our state and our nation, including food security, new energy technologies, artificial intelligence, and environmental remediation.”

Among those on the list is Professor Matthew Gilliham, Director of the Waite Research Institute, the University’s flagship for agriculture, wine and food research and innovation. Professor Gilliham’s research into crop plant nutrition and stress resilience places him among the best in the world in the Plant and Animal Science field. Other Waite researchers to feature in the 2020 list are Emeritus Professor Steve Tyerman, Professor Dabing Zhang and the late Emerita Professor Sally Smith.

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