Two MNTL researchers, Nie and Van der Zande, rank among most influential in world

12/22/2018 9:48:58 AM Lois Yoksoulian (excerpt)

Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently were named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. MNTL researchers Shuming Nie and Arend van der Zande are among the UI researchers on this year’s list.

Shuming Nie (left) and Arend van der Zande
Shuming Nie (left) and Arend van der Zande
The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world,” according to Clarivate Analytics. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data — an objective measure of a researcher’s influence — from 2005-17.

Nie is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering and a professor of Bioengineering, Chemistry, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty at Illinois in 2017 after more than 10 years as a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Nie studies nanomedicine, molecular engineering, and image-guided minimally invasive robotic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Van der Zande is a professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He specializes in multidisciplinary nanoscience; specifically, his group uses two-dimensional materials, such as membranes and thin films, as molecular building blocks to construct new devices, with applications in electronics, sensing, energy and more. In addition to the MNTL, he has affiliations with the Materials Research Laboratory, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.