UA Scientist Listed Among 100 Most-Cited Researchers in Chemistry

Lori Stiles
Oct. 16, 2002

University of Arizona chemistry Professor Jean-Luc Bredas has been named by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to the list of 100 most-cited researchers in chemistry for the years 1992 – 2002.

ISI, a business of the Thomson Corp., has for more than 40 years indexed the world's scholarly literature from a wide range of subjects in science and social science. To be designated an ISI "Highly Cited Researcher" is an unusual honor that reflects an individual's impact in science and technology, for it summarizes, across years, "the acknowledgement of a particular author's work by his or her peers," according to ISI information. ISI's top 100 most-cited scientists lists in chemistry, economics, physiology or medicine, and physics are headed by "Citation Laureates" who are regarded as possible Nobel Prize winners.

ISI is posting Bredas' resume and publications list on its website,

Bredas, who joined the UA in 1999, ranks 88 on the list of top 100 chemists. He is renowned internationally for his work in computational chemistry to design novel types of plastics for electronics and photonics. At UA, the work is a pivotal part of collaborative research in chemistry and optical sciences leading to new optical materials and technologies.

Bredas' recent awards include an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels (June 2002); an honorary doctorate from the University of Linkoping, Sweden (May 2000); the Quinquennial Prize of the Belgium National Fund for Scientific Research (September 2000); and the Italgas Prize for Research and Technological Innovation (September 2001).