Javier Aizpurua selected in the world list of the highly cited researchers

Theory of Nanophotonics group at CFM. Javier Aizpurua at the low left corner

For third year in a row, Professor Javier Aizpurua has been named as one of the highly cited researchers in the world, according to the list recently drawn up by Clarivate Analytics.

Clarivate Analytics, a global leader and refuted tool for the analysis and compilation of scientific publications recently released this list. Highly Cited Researchers are selected for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field during the last decade in Web of Science. Of the world population of scientists and social scientists, the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers are one in 1,000.

Javier is the leader of the Theory Nanophotonics group of CFM, and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), and until recently, he has combined his research activity with the scientific direction of the CFM. Aizpurua’s work focuses on the study of the interaction between light and nanomaterials. He has collected more than 14,700 references to its articles and close to 20 works in the 1% top of citations in the last 10 years.

This year, the list is made up of approximately 6,000 researchers from all over the world, grouped into 21 different disciplines. Among the researchers selected, 124 develop their work in Spain.

Javier Aizpurua remains is one of the 4 highlighted researchers in the field of Physics developing their work in Spain, along with researchers from centres of excellence such as ICFO, IMDEA or the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). According to the list, when considering all the science fields, in the Basque Country two names stand out together with Javier, namely, Luis M. Liz-Marzán (CIC biomaGune), and Michael Armand (CIC energyGUNE). Considering their second affiliations, 4 more names joined the recognition, namely, Unai Pascual (University of Cambridge and BC3), Wolfgang J. Parak (University of Hamburg and CIC biomaGUNE), Francisco Guinea (IMDEA Nanoscience and DIPC) and Francisco J. García-Vidal (UAM and DIPC).

The Web of Science (scientific database) is the tool that for more than two decades has served as the central basis for compiling the more than 2,000,000 publications registered each year in the scientific community. Clarivate analytics extracts annually from this database the results with which it elaborates this list of international recognition.

Assessing the scope and significance of a scientist’s research work involves knowing the impact his or her work has had on the scientific community as a reference or as an inspiration in the work of the rest of the research. In this sense, appearing on this world list is an honour and a clear international reference for the research excellence of a scientist. The number of highly-cited researchers is one of the parameters that is considered for the elaboration of the official world ranking of the best universities that Shangai Ranking Consultancy annually produces.