Four SEAS Faculty Members Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ List

December 16, 2021

Four Yale Engineering & Applied Physics faculty members were included in Clarivate Analytics’ 2021 ranking of “Highly Cited Researchers.” Each year, the company collects scientific and research data that identifies scientists who have demonstrated significant influence – ranking in the top 1% of publication citations in their field over a decade-long period.

Michel Devoret – Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics and Physics

Devoret’s research focuses on experimental solid-state physics with emphasis on quantum mechanical electronics or “quantronics.” In this new type of electronics, electrical collective degrees of freedom like currents and voltages behave quantum mechanically. Such mesoscopic phenomena are particularly important in the realization of quantum information processing superconducting devices based on Josephson junctions, which is his main research goal. He currently focuses on the new phenomena of fault-tolerant quantum memory and remote entanglement. 

Menachem Elimelech – Sterling Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of membrane-based processes for sustainable fresh water and energy production, Elimelech also serves as co-principal investigator and lead researcher for the membrane processes research for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems Center (NEWT).

Robert Schoelkopf – Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics

Schoelkopf’s research focuses on the development of superconducting devices for quantum information processing, which might eventually lead to revolutionary advances in computing. His research group is a leader in the development of solid-state quantum bits (qubits) for quantum computing, and the advancement of their performance to practical levels.

Fengnian Xia – Barton L. Weller Associate Professor in Engineering and Science

A solid-state device engineer, Xia focuses on nanophotonics and nanoelectronics using both emerging and traditional semiconductor materials. He is particularly interested in the light-matter interaction and quantum transport in the low-dimensional materials. He also actively develops electronic and photonic devices for applications in computing, flexible electronics, imaging, optical communications, and energy harvesting. 

Luigi Frunzio, senior research scientist in applied physics and frequent collaborator with Devoret and Schoelkopf was also named to the list in addition to faculty members Mark Gerstein (Albert L Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Computer Science and Statistics & Data Science), Steven Girvin (Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and Applied Physics), and Dustin Scheinost (Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging) who hold secondary appointments at SEAS.

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