Best Chemistry Scientists

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Chemistry scientists is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. Show more

Our best scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Chemistry, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Chemistry, over 35,760 profiles were examined.

The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is set to 40 if most of their publications are in the field of Chemistry. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist's general H-index and their D-index.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be an absolute measure to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page .

Our aim is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.

World
National
Scholar
D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
Citations
Publications
1 World 1 National Michael Grätzel

Michael Grätzel

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
D-index 238 Citations 287,785 1,100
2 World 1 National George M. Whitesides

George M. Whitesides

Harvard University, United States
D-index 227 Citations 221,262 1,055
3 World 1 National Jens K. Nørskov

Jens K. Nørskov

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
D-index 223 Citations 206,068 777
4 World 2 National Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Carnegie Mellon University, United States
D-index 198 Citations 166,410 1,287
5 World 3 National Stephen L. Buchwald

Stephen L. Buchwald

MIT, United States
D-index 186 Citations 112,529 603
6 World 1 National Markus Antonietti

Markus Antonietti

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
D-index 185 Citations 137,198 824
7 World 4 National Omar M. Yaghi

Omar M. Yaghi

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 182 Citations 210,049 388
8 World 5 National Martin Karplus

Martin Karplus

Harvard University, United States
D-index 182 Citations 170,883 715
9 World 6 National Jean M. J. Fréchet

Jean M. J. Fréchet

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 181 Citations 113,542 695
10 World 1 National Ben Zhong Tang

Ben Zhong Tang

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China
D-index 178 Citations 158,462 2,176
11 World 2 National Klaus Müllen

Klaus Müllen

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
D-index 176 Citations 142,447 1,807
12 World 7 National Tobin J. Marks

Tobin J. Marks

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 175 Citations 116,842 1,156
13 World 8 National John F. Hartwig

John F. Hartwig

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 174 Citations 95,775 532
14 World 9 National Donald G. Truhlar

Donald G. Truhlar

University of Minnesota, United States
D-index 172 Citations 169,433 1,149
15 World 10 National Gabor A. Somorjai

Gabor A. Somorjai

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 168 Citations 119,527 1,191
16 World 11 National J. Fraser Stoddart

J. Fraser Stoddart

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 167 Citations 120,239 1,246
17 World 12 National William A. Goddard

William A. Goddard

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 163 Citations 131,960 1,282
18 World 13 National Alan J. Heeger

Alan J. Heeger

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 162 Citations 126,738 602
19 World 14 National E. J. Corey

E. J. Corey

Harvard University, United States
D-index 161 Citations 109,373 1,009
20 World 15 National Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 160 Citations 104,667 1,223
21 World 16 National Allen J. Bard

Allen J. Bard

The University of Texas at Austin, United States
D-index 160 Citations 138,082 767
22 World 17 National Robert H. Grubbs

Robert H. Grubbs

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 160 Citations 112,522 759
23 World 1 National Damià Barceló

Damià Barceló

Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Spain
D-index 157 Citations 108,247 1,272
24 World 18 National Barry M. Trost

Barry M. Trost

Stanford University, United States
D-index 157 Citations 109,071 1,065
25 World 19 National Joseph Wang

Joseph Wang

University of California, San Diego, United States
D-index 156 Citations 91,918 947
26 World 20 National Chad A. Mirkin

Chad A. Mirkin

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 154 Citations 128,091 666
27 World 21 National John B. Goodenough

John B. Goodenough

The University of Texas at Austin, United States
D-index 154 Citations 115,065 673
28 World 22 National Joseph T. Hupp

Joseph T. Hupp

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 154 Citations 94,392 677
29 World 23 National Jean-Luc Brédas

Jean-Luc Brédas

University of Arizona, United States
D-index 154 Citations 105,091 946
30 World 1 National Christopher M. Dobson

Christopher M. Dobson

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
D-index 153 Citations 93,891 741
31 World 1 National Itamar Willner

Itamar Willner

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
D-index 152 Citations 76,486 752
32 World 1 National Jean-Marie Tarascon

Jean-Marie Tarascon

Collège de France, France
D-index 152 Citations 106,079 778
33 World 24 National K. C. Nicolaou

K. C. Nicolaou

Rice University, United States
D-index 152 Citations 101,809 973
34 World 25 National Omar K. Farha

Omar K. Farha

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 152 Citations 90,273 712
35 World 2 National Avelino Corma

Avelino Corma

Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
D-index 152 Citations 107,412 933
36 World 1 National Kazunari Domen

Kazunari Domen

University of Tokyo, Japan
D-index 152 Citations 95,493 828
37 World 26 National Richard E. Smalley

Richard E. Smalley

Rice University, United States
D-index 151 Citations 126,206 328
38 World 2 National Kurt Wüthrich

Kurt Wüthrich

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
D-index 151 Citations 120,655 619
39 World 27 National Stephen J. Lippard

Stephen J. Lippard

MIT, United States
D-index 151 Citations 101,958 891
40 World 28 National Craig J. Hawker

Craig J. Hawker

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 151 Citations 87,638 607
41 World 2 National Jean-Marie Lehn

Jean-Marie Lehn

University of Strasbourg, France
D-index 150 Citations 110,478 810
42 World 29 National Galen D. Stucky

Galen D. Stucky

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 149 Citations 113,223 686
43 World 2 National Kazunori Kataoka

Kazunori Kataoka

University of Tokyo, Japan
D-index 149 Citations 74,873 628
44 World 30 National Ad Bax

Ad Bax

National Institutes of Health, United States
D-index 149 Citations 117,185 415
45 World 31 National Prashant V. Kamat

Prashant V. Kamat

University of Notre Dame, United States
D-index 148 Citations 82,665 470
46 World 1 National C. N. R. Rao

C. N. R. Rao

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
D-index 147 Citations 99,598 1,401
47 World 1 National Shunichi Fukuzumi

Shunichi Fukuzumi

Ewha Womans University, South Korea
D-index 147 Citations 87,549 1,534
48 World 32 National Nicholas A. Peppas

Nicholas A. Peppas

The University of Texas at Austin, United States
D-index 145 Citations 92,197 603
49 World 3 National Helmut Sies

Helmut Sies

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
D-index 145 Citations 92,646 481
50 World 2 National Weihong Tan

Weihong Tan

Hunan University, China
D-index 144 Citations 72,931 854
51 World 33 National Richard D. Smith

Richard D. Smith

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
D-index 144 Citations 70,728 804
52 World 34 National David Julian McClements

David Julian McClements

University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States
D-index 144 Citations 80,413 1,043
53 World 3 National Chi-Ming Che

Chi-Ming Che

University of Hong Kong, China
D-index 144 Citations 73,662 998
54 World 1 National Licheng Sun

Licheng Sun

Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
D-index 143 Citations 80,401 1,023
55 World 35 National Harry B. Gray

Harry B. Gray

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 143 Citations 73,667 913
56 World 36 National Klaus Schulten

Klaus Schulten

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
D-index 142 Citations 68,710 487
57 World 37 National Thomas J. Meyer

Thomas J. Meyer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
D-index 142 Citations 82,309 801
58 World 38 National Harold A. Scheraga

Harold A. Scheraga

Cornell University, United States
D-index 142 Citations 85,366 1,040
59 World 39 National Alexis T. Bell

Alexis T. Bell

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 142 Citations 80,744 825
60 World 4 National Ulrich S. Schubert

Ulrich S. Schubert

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
D-index 141 Citations 105,858 1,841
61 World 40 National James M. Tour

James M. Tour

Rice University, United States
D-index 140 Citations 96,848 559
62 World 41 National Kurunthachalam Kannan

Kurunthachalam Kannan

New York University, United States
D-index 140 Citations 63,267 629
63 World 2 National Alan R. Fersht

Alan R. Fersht

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
D-index 140 Citations 73,157 422
64 World 42 National Sheng Dai

Sheng Dai

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States
D-index 140 Citations 82,618 1,129
65 World 43 National Jeffrey R. Long

Jeffrey R. Long

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
D-index 140 Citations 83,832 476
66 World 1 National Jeff Dahn

Jeff Dahn

Dalhousie University, Canada
D-index 139 Citations 81,074 698
67 World 44 National Gerbrand Ceder

Gerbrand Ceder

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 138 Citations 79,876 523
68 World 5 National Gerhard Ertl

Gerhard Ertl

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
D-index 138 Citations 71,891 581
69 World 45 National Bruce E. Logan

Bruce E. Logan

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 137 Citations 66,625 450
70 World 1 National Claudiu T. Supuran

Claudiu T. Supuran

University of Florence, Italy
D-index 137 Citations 83,617 1,645
71 World 3 National Michele Parrinello

Michele Parrinello

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
D-index 137 Citations 99,384 516
72 World 4 National Anders Hagfeldt

Anders Hagfeldt

Uppsala University, Sweden
D-index 137 Citations 83,765 499
73 World 1 National Tai-Shung Chung

Tai-Shung Chung

National University of Singapore, Singapore
D-index 137 Citations 62,135 731
74 World 46 National F. Dean Toste

F. Dean Toste

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 137 Citations 48,734 343
75 World 47 National Chi-Huey Wong

Chi-Huey Wong

Scripps Research Institute, United States
D-index 136 Citations 65,148 803
76 World 48 National James A. Dumesic

James A. Dumesic

University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States
D-index 136 Citations 74,641 567
77 World 3 National James R. Durrant

James R. Durrant

Imperial College London, United Kingdom
D-index 135 Citations 62,916 457
78 World 49 National Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann

Cornell University, United States
D-index 135 Citations 80,928 612
79 World 50 National George C. Schatz

George C. Schatz

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 134 Citations 93,387 811
80 World 51 National Mark A. Ratner

Mark A. Ratner

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 134 Citations 72,333 694
81 World 52 National Guillermo C. Bazan

Guillermo C. Bazan

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 134 Citations 68,600 607
82 World 53 National Jonathan L. Sessler

Jonathan L. Sessler

The University of Texas at Austin, United States
D-index 134 Citations 65,253 912
83 World 54 National Richard N. Zare

Richard N. Zare

Stanford University, United States
D-index 133 Citations 70,048 890
84 World 3 National Jinhua Ye

Jinhua Ye

National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
D-index 133 Citations 61,595 651
85 World 1 National Shaobin Wang

Shaobin Wang

University of Adelaide, Australia
D-index 133 Citations 56,314 646
86 World 55 National Robert G. Bergman

Robert G. Bergman

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 133 Citations 65,270 654
87 World 56 National Arumugam Manthiram

Arumugam Manthiram

The University of Texas at Austin, United States
D-index 132 Citations 64,436 736
88 World 4 National Kazuhito Hashimoto

Kazuhito Hashimoto

National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
D-index 132 Citations 67,956 594
89 World 2 National Doron Aurbach

Doron Aurbach

Bar-Ilan University, Israel
D-index 132 Citations 65,334 625
90 World 5 National Susumu Kitagawa

Susumu Kitagawa

Kyoto University, Japan
D-index 132 Citations 74,979 691
91 World 2 National Janusz Pawliszyn

Janusz Pawliszyn

University of Waterloo, Canada
D-index 132 Citations 69,162 711
92 World 2 National Jeremy K. Nicholson

Jeremy K. Nicholson

Murdoch University, Australia
D-index 131 Citations 58,936 535
93 World 4 National Tao Zhang

Tao Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
D-index 131 Citations 75,588 1,491
94 World 6 National Matthias Beller

Matthias Beller

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany
D-index 131 Citations 59,430 395
95 World 5 National Alex K.-Y. Jen

Alex K.-Y. Jen

City University of Hong Kong, China
D-index 130 Citations 61,840 661
96 World 6 National Can Li

Can Li

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
D-index 130 Citations 68,063 859
97 World 57 National Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel

University of Southern California, United States
D-index 130 Citations 64,717 377
98 World 58 National Henry F. Schaefer

Henry F. Schaefer

University of Georgia, United States
D-index 130 Citations 71,099 1,405
99 World 59 National Christopher T. Walsh

Christopher T. Walsh

Stanford University, United States
D-index 129 Citations 58,281 542
100 World 60 National Britton Chance

Britton Chance

University of Pennsylvania, United States
D-index 129 Citations 75,408 691

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