A major annual publication has recognized nine University of Waterloo faculty members as being among the most cited in the word.

A list published by the global analytics firm Clarivate identifies researchers who demonstrated “significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.” Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top one per cent by citations for field and publication year in the company’s global citation index.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the company.

 The University of Waterloo researchers on this year’s list are:

Zhongwei Chen

As a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering’s Chemical Engineering department, Chen’s work is at the interface of science and engineering. His focus is in using nanomaterials for advancing technologies important to alternative energy and environment needs.

Geoffrey Fong

An acclaimed psychologist in the Faculty of Arts whose research focuses on combining psychological theories and research methods with traditional epidemiological survey methods to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies on entire populations in countries. He is the founder and Chief Principal Investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project and a member of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Association for Psychological Science.

Bernard R. Glick

A distinguished professor emeritus and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Biology, Glick researches plant-microbial interactions. His findings include discovering how certain bacteria can help plants grow, even under stressful conditions, such as drought. With over 52,000 citations, and nearly 400 publications, the professor has one of the highest citation records at the University of Waterloo.

David Hammond

Hammond is a professor in the School of Public Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health. His research focuses on chronic disease prevention and global health in three main areas: tobacco/vaping, nutrition policy, and cannabis and harm-reduction policy. He also led large international studies to examine consumer trends and to evaluate the impact of national-level interventions, including restrictions on marketing, product standards, health warnings, and retail policies.

Sharon I. Kirkpatrick

An agricultural sciences expert on nutrition from the School of Public Health Sciences, she also a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. Much of her work is aimed at improving methodologies for measuring dietary patterns and how these patterns influence human and planetary health.

Linda F. Nazar

A professor in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry. Her research in inorganic materials chemistry, solid-state chemistry and electrochemistry is focused on building a low-cost battery that can provide power for longer periods of time.

Will Percival

Percival is a professor in the Faculty of Science, a Distinguished Research Chair in Astrophysics and founding director of the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. His research focuses on the properties of the Universe on the largest scales. His surveys of three-dimensional galaxy positions provide data on the physics just after the Big-Bang, and on the physics driving the evolution of the Universe today. 

Daniel Scott

As an expert on climate change and tourism, Scott is a University Research Chair and leads the Master of Climate Change Program at Waterloo. His research in the Faculty of Environment’s Geography department develops our understanding of the implications of a changing climate for tourism at the tourist, operator, destination and tourism region scales. He is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

A professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Shen specializes in wireless communications and networking. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as the Engineering Institute of Canada. 

These researchers are in rare company: In 2021, fewer than 6,700–or about 0.1 per cent–of the world's researchers in 21 research fields and across multiple fields have earned this exclusive distinction.

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.