H-Index & Metrics Best Publications

H-Index & Metrics

Discipline name H-index Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Materials Science D-index 123 Citations 102,623 375 World Ranking 157 National Ranking 77
Chemistry D-index 125 Citations 103,897 375 World Ranking 128 National Ranking 73

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Awards & Achievements

2012 - Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2004 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences

2004 - MRS Medal, Materials Research Society For work on adhesion and friction, which has revolutionized the understanding of molecular mechanisms responsible for these technologically vital phenomena.

2003 - Fellow of American Physical Society (APS) Citation For developing experimental techniques for measuring interparticle forces in liquids that have led to the discovery and elucidation of new types of intermolecular and surface interactions in complex colloidal and biological systems

1982 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

1977 - Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science


What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Polymer
  • Organic chemistry

His primary areas of study are Chemical physics, Surface forces apparatus, Adhesion, Nanotechnology and van der Waals force. The study incorporates disciplines such as Interbilayer forces in membrane fusion, Bilayer, Molecule, Colloid and Hydrophobic effect in addition to Chemical physics. His Surface forces apparatus study incorporates themes from Ion, Ionic strength, Range and Normal force.

His Adhesion research is multidisciplinary, incorporating perspectives in Chemical engineering, Polymer, Surface force, Adhesive and Capillary action. His van der Waals force research includes themes of Lipid bilayer, DLVO theory, Stereochemistry and Intermolecular force. His research in Intermolecular force intersects with topics in Computational chemistry and Streptavidin.

His most cited work include:

  • Intermolecular and surface forces (15876 citations)
  • Theory of self-assembly of hydrocarbon amphiphiles into micelles and bilayers (3548 citations)
  • Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae (1383 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

Jacob N. Israelachvili mainly focuses on Surface forces apparatus, Adhesion, Composite material, Chemical physics and Mica. Jacob N. Israelachvili combines subjects such as Monolayer, Chemical engineering, Shearing and Optics with his study of Surface forces apparatus. The concepts of his Adhesion study are interwoven with issues in Nanotechnology, Biophysics, Hysteresis, Adhesive and Lipid bilayer.

His Chemical physics research incorporates themes from van der Waals force, Molecule, Intermolecular force, Surface force and Hydrophobic effect. Jacob N. Israelachvili interconnects DLVO theory and Classical mechanics in the investigation of issues within van der Waals force. His studies deal with areas such as Mineralogy and Aqueous solution as well as Mica.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Surface forces apparatus (35.36%)
  • Adhesion (24.82%)
  • Composite material (20.71%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2011-2020)?

  • Surface forces apparatus (35.36%)
  • Adhesion (24.82%)
  • Nanotechnology (18.39%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

Jacob N. Israelachvili focuses on Surface forces apparatus, Adhesion, Nanotechnology, Chemical engineering and Composite material. His Surface forces apparatus study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Biophysics, Hydrophobic effect and Chemical physics. His Chemical physics study integrates concerns from other disciplines, such as Contact angle, Double layer, Surface force, Ion and van der Waals force.

His studies in Adhesion integrate themes in fields like Membrane, Biochemistry, Lipid bilayer, Adsorption and Adhesive. He has researched Nanotechnology in several fields, including Surface and Intermolecular force. His biological study spans a wide range of topics, including Organic chemistry, Metal, Aqueous solution and Polymer chemistry.

Between 2011 and 2020, his most popular works were:

  • Surface-initiated self-healing of polymers in aqueous media. (265 citations)
  • Adaptive synergy between catechol and lysine promotes wet adhesion by surface salt displacement (253 citations)
  • Ionic liquids behave as dilute electrolyte solutions (227 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymer

Jacob N. Israelachvili focuses on Surface forces apparatus, Adhesion, Chemical engineering, Nanotechnology and Adhesive. His Surface forces apparatus research includes elements of Surface roughness, Biophysics and van der Waals force. As part of one scientific family, he deals mainly with the area of van der Waals force, narrowing it down to issues related to the Double layer, and often Chemical physics, Debye length, Inorganic chemistry and Stereochemistry.

His Adhesion study combines topics in areas such as Side chain, Polyelectrolyte, Polymer, Gecko and Metal. The various areas that Jacob N. Israelachvili examines in his Chemical engineering study include Catechol, Organic chemistry, Adsorption, Aqueous solution and Polymer chemistry. His Nanotechnology research incorporates elements of Electrochemistry, Electrical resistivity and conductivity, Density functional theory and Intermolecular force.

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Best Publications

Intermolecular and surface forces

Jacob N. Israelachvili.

35372 Citations

Theory of self-assembly of hydrocarbon amphiphiles into micelles and bilayers

Jacob N. Israelachvili;D. John Mitchell;Barry W. Ninham.
Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions (1976)

5658 Citations

Measurement of forces between two mica surfaces in aqueous electrolyte solutions in the range 0–100 nm

Jacob N. Israelachvili;Gayle E. Adams.
Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions (1978)

2385 Citations

Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae

Kellar Autumn;Metin Sitti;Yiching A. Liang;Anne M. Peattie.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2002)

1950 Citations

Nanotribology: friction, wear and lubrication at the atomic scale

Bharat Bhushan;Jacob N. Israelachvili;Uzi Landman.
Nature (1995)

1759 Citations

Physical principles of membrane organization.

J. N. Israelachvili;S. Marčelja;R. G. Horn.
Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics (1980)

1629 Citations

Role of hydration and water structure in biological and colloidal interactions.

Jacob Israelachvili;Håkan Wennerström.
Nature (1996)

1381 Citations

The hydrophobic interaction is long range, decaying exponentially with distance

Jacob Israelachvili;Richard Pashley.
Nature (1982)

1160 Citations

Mussel-Inspired Adhesives and Coatings

Bruce P. Lee;P.B. Messersmith;J.N. Israelachvili;J.H. Waite.
Annual Review of Materials Research (2011)

1158 Citations


J. D. Swalen;D. L. Allara;D. L. Allara;J. D. Andrade;E. A. Chandross.
Langmuir (1987)

1148 Citations

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