Lina Quan has been recognized as one of her field’s most cited researchers in the world.

An assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Science, Quan was one of six Virginia Tech researchers recently named to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list. A global company that maintains the Web of Science, Clarivate compiles an annual list of researchers who demonstrated significant influence through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Citations — other scientists referencing a researcher’s findings in their own academic papers — are not only an acknowledgment of excellent work, but an indicator the work’s ripple effect is moving the researcher’s field forward.  This group of highly cited researchers represent about 1 in 1,000 of scientists and social scientists in the world, according to Clarivate.

Along with Quan, Virginia Tech’s Wenjing Lou, Walid Saad, Linsey Marr, Kwok Tsui, and Zheng "Phil" Xiang were among the 7,127 researchers from 68 countries and regions recognized this year.

About Quan

  • Joined Virginia Tech in 2021
  • Research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors such as perovskites for use in next-generation optoelectronic applications
  • Employs a number of cutting-edge characterization techniques — ultrafast lasers, synchrotron X-ray — to study the photophysics of materials and devices with high spatial and temporal resolutions
  • Has an affliate position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Has been named a highly-cited researcher five times
  • Most cited work: "Perovskite Light-emitting Diodes with External Quantum Efficiency Exceeding 20 Percent"
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