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Eleven TU Dresden researchers amongst the most cited worldwide - four of them connected to cfaed

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photo stripe with portrait photos of Xinliang Feng, Renhao Dong, Thomas Mikolajick, and Minghao Yu
Xinliang Feng, Renhao Dong, Thomas Mikolajick, Minghao Yu

[Based on a press release from TU Dresden, edited and shortened]

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. Four researchers from this list are connected to cfaed (members and Associated Members).


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 four cfaed researchers named in the ranking and currently working at TUD, sorted alphabetically within their departments:

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.

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 and 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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