Kotov Named One of Top 100 Chemists in Last 10 Years

Kotov Named One of Top 100 Chemists in Last 10 Years

Professor Nicholas Kotov

One of the most influential chemists to emerge in the last decade is a professor from Michigan Engineering.

Nick Kotov was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Chemists, 2000-2010.” Kotov is a professor in the departments of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Listed in “Science Watch” this month, the Top 100 celebrates the achievements of chemists and chemical engineers whose papers made the highest impact in the discipline since January 2000. Kotov’s 78 papers have been cited more than 4,800 times.

"I am thrilled to be named in the company of chemists and chemical engineers whose names I knew since I was a student. I am also happy to see that our research made a significant impact on other groups and universities,” Kotov says.

Kotov ranked in the top 25 in materials science according to the impact of his published research.

“To be named among the Top 25 scientists working in materials is most exciting”, he said in reaction to the distinction. “It is also a recognition of the hard work put in by many students and post-docs. It gives us a boost of confidence and energy in the current research projects pushing the capabilities of nanomaterials even further."

In the lab, Kotov created a composite plastic that is strong as steel but lighter and transparent. He developed a carbon nanotube-coated "smart yarn" that conducts electricity and could be woven into soft fabrics that detect blood and monitor health. And Kotov discovered something so remarkable that it took him and fellow researches three years to believe: light itself can twist ribbons of nanoparticles.

Science Watch is a Thomson Reuters-sponsored effort to track trends in scientific research.The list that includes many top-notch researchers and several Nobel Laureates was published in support of the International Year of Chemistry in 2011, proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).


By Nicole Casal Moore, UM College of Engineering.