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Carbon Electronics Cluster Co-directors Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

Harald Ade, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor of Physics, and Aram Amassian, University Faculty Scholar and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, have been named to Clarivate’s 2023 list of the world’s most highly cited researchers for the seventh and fourth times, respectively.

The analytics firm compiled its annual list of researchers with multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and publication year in Clarivate’s Web of Science platform over the past decade. Ade, who has been named to Clarivate’s list each year since 2017, was recognized in the materials science category, while Amassian, who has been named to the list since 2020, was recognized in the cross-field category.

Ade and Amassian are the co-directors of NC State’s Carbon Electronics faculty cluster, which is part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program. The cluster works to revolutionize the use and manufacturing of carbon-based technology involving computers, renewable power sources and energy storage to advance sustainable living and agriculture. The goal is to develop solar energy conversion devices, self-powered green houses, e-textiles, light emitting displays, spintronic devices and more. 

Aram Amassian
Aram Amassian, University Faculty Scholar and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Ade has developed a number of novel instruments and characterization methods, including near edge X-ray absorption fine structure microscopy and resonant soft x-ray scattering. His research group focuses on advancing organic semiconductors and photovoltaics by investigating different factors that affect performance. Ade’s group also focuses on novel device architectures with detailed morphological analysis to maximize performance and reduce energy loss in organic solar cells and related electronics. Ade recently co-founded PolyPV with Brendan O’Connor, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to bring organic solar cells to the market, where energy and weight are at a premium. 

Amassian’s research group seeks to address climate change by enabling fundamental and applied breakthroughs in stability science in organic and hybrid materials for energy harvesting devices based on metal halide perovskites and organic photovoltaics. The group also focuses on the development of self-driving laboratories that will accelerate the fabrication of thin film photovoltaic and thin film electronic technologies. The group’s research is enabled by innovative design of high throughput experimentation, advanced multi-modal characterization and integration with data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

Other NC State faculty included on the list were Amay J. Bandodkar, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; Michael D. Dickey, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Robert W. Heath, Lampe Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This post was originally published in College of Sciences News.