2 Carbon Electronics Cluster Faculty Named Among Top-Cited Researchers

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Harald Ade, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics, and Aram Amassian, associate professor of materials science and engineering, have been named to a list of the world’s most highly cited researchers.

The list, compiled by Clarivate’s Web of Science Group, which runs a global citation database, recognizes researchers with a sufficient number of papers that are highly cited by their peers. These highly cited papers rank in the top 1% of citations for a chosen field and year. In 2020, only 0.1% of the world’s researchers across 21 research fields earned the highly-cited distinction, according to the Web of Science. Ade and Amassian were recognized in the Materials Science and Cross-Field categories, respectively.

Ade, who launched NC State’s Carbon Electronics faculty cluster, has received international attention for his interdisciplinary work on understanding the physics of organic solar cells and light-emitting diodes, creating novel devices, and inventing and using new characterization methods with an emphasis on applications to organic devices.

Harald Ade
Harald Ade

Amassian, who joined NC State in 2018, is well-known in the area of ink-based semiconductors for printed electronics and solar cells, where he pioneered in situ characterization of coating processes and is credited with providing deeper understanding and new insights into formation of functional materials from solution with an emphasis on applications in organic and hybrid devices.

Aram Amassian
Aram Amassian

Amassian and Ade work closely with several other faculty members in the new state-of-the-art cluster facilities in Partners III. Targeted technologies include “smart” envelopes — the areas between the inside and outside of structures like buildings and greenhouses — that dynamically control heat, light and harvest energy to greatly lower environmental impact. Such technology might allow zero-energy farming with reduced use of water, fertilizers and pesticides, as well as improve climate resilience of the economy and aid with grid decarbonization.

Also making the list from NC State were Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Robert Heath, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.

This post was originally published in College of Sciences News.