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MSE’s Mandrus Again Among World’s Most Cited Researchers

David Mandrus

The end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring brings with it many of the same events and occurrences from year to year.

One of these is the annual release of the world’s most cited researchers, which celebrates the top one percent of researchers across a number of fields.

Just as traditional is the list’s inclusion of Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor David Mandrus of Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Mandrus once again made the list in 2020, the only researcher from UT’s Tickle College of Engineering and one of just five from across all colleges at UT so honored.

“There is perhaps no greater validation of a scientist’s work than to be cited by peers in their own research, as it shows the quality and importance of those efforts and the outside respect given to their studies,” said Chancellor’s Professor and MSE Department Head Veerle Keppens. “Dr. Mandrus has every reason to be proud of this recognition, and we are happy for him at this well-earned sign of respect.”

The work Mandrus does involves the discovery, creation, and exploration of the physics within materials, with a particular expertise on electronic and magnetic properties.

As a further sign of his importance to those fields, Mandrus was selected for a $1.7 million, five-year role as an Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Materials Synthesis Investigator by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation last year, which extended his role with the foundation following a similar selection in 2014.

He leads the Mandrus Research Group, which works with and explores quantum materials and their properties, often with colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he holds a joint appointment.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Mandrus also serves on the Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee for the National Research Council.

Clarivate annually publishes the most cited list, which is compiled based on the number of citations from publications that rank in the top one percent of the Web of Science index.