The School of Engineering's Highly Cited Researchers in 2023

© 2023 EPFL

© 2023 EPFL

In the latest rankings issued by Clarivate, five distinguished professors from EPFL’s School of Engineering (STI) have been recognized as part of the elite group of the most cited researchers of the year. 

This accolade, according to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers website, is bestowed upon those whose scholarly outputs have attained significant traction within the academic community, as evidenced by a series of papers that have achieved a citation rate within the top 1% for their field and year, as recorded in the Web of Science™ database.

Such a commendable distinction places these scholars in the upper-most echelon of academics, representing the top one-thousandth of their peers worldwide in terms of citation frequency.

The STI extends its heartfelt congratulations to the following professors, listed alphabetically, for this recognition of their scholarly excellence in 2023:

Altug, Hatice
Hatice Altug leads the Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory at EPFL's School of Engineering. Her research is at the intersection of nanophotonics and biology, with a specific focus on developing novel nano-optical devices to probe biological systems. The lab’s work has significant applications in disease diagnostics, high-throughput drug screening, and biosensing technologies. Altug earned her PhD from Stanford University and has been recognized for her pioneering contributions to the field of nanophotonics.

Lab: Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory

Ballif, Christophe
Christophe Ballif is at the helm of the Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory (PV-Lab) situated at EPFL's Institute of Microengineering in Neuchâtel. The lab's work revolves around the development of solar technologies such as high-efficiency heterojunction crystalline cells, passivating contacts for solar cells, and multi-junction solar cells. Additionally, the lab explores innovative optical high-speed detectors and energy management, particularly the integration of solar electricity into the broader energy system. Ballif completed his PhD at EPFL, focusing on innovative photovoltaic materials.

Lab: Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory

Kis, Andras
Andras Kis directs the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) at EPFL. His research group specializes in the electronic and mechanical properties of two-dimensional materials and their applications in flexible electronics and optoelectronics. Kis' academic path includes a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his innovative work in two-dimensional materials has garnered considerable attention within the scientific community.

Lab: Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures

Kippenberg, Tobias
Tobias Kippenberg founded and manages the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (LPQM) at both the School of Engineering and the School of Basic Sciences.. His research interests lie in the study of microresonator-based frequency combs (microcombs) and cavity quantum electrodynamics (CQED) with a focus on applications in metrology and quantum information processing. Kippenberg obtained his PhD from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and has since made significant strides in the field of photonics.

Lab: Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements

Marzari, Nicola
Nicola Marzari heads the Theory and Simulation of Materials (THEOS) at EPFL, investigating the properties and potential applications of novel materials through computational methods and simulations. The lab's research covers a wide spectrum, from quantum transport to material design. Marzari received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is recognized for his extensive computational work on materials science.

Lab: Theory and Simulation of Materials

The School of Engineering is proud to count these researchers among our faculty and congratulates the six other EPFL professors who are also among the most cited researchers of 2023: Michael Gratzel, Xile Hu, Michele De Palma, Athanasios Nenes, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, and Johan Auwerx.