Guest Editor: Academician Zhongfan Liu
Center for Nanochemistry, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China Research Interests: Nanocarbon materials: CVD growth & band structure engineering; Novel 2D atomic crystals; Chemistry & photochemistry of nanocarbons
Special Issue Information Over the past three decades, especially in the past ten years, China's scientific research community has made widely recognized and rapid progress. As of September 2016, Chinese scientific researchers are quoted to have published 1.7429 million international academic papers in the period 2006–2016, ranking them second in the world; these papers have been cited 14.8985 million times—a number that ranks fourth in the world—and the number of citations in chemistry has risen to the second place in the world. Chinese scientists have gradually stepped onto the world stage, and their voices are being increasingly heard in the international academic community. It was even more gratifying when Chinese scientists finally won their first Nobel Prize in Natural Sciences in 2015: Yoyo Tu—a researcher from the China Academy of Chinese Medicinal Sciences—won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
Bibliometric experts at Clarivate Analytics (previous Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science) used the Essential Science Indicators (ESI, Basic Science Indicators) database of InCitesTM to screen 128,000 highly cited papers based on the number of papers published and citation data in Web of Science?—an academic research platform. Subsequently, on November 16, 2016, they published a list of 3265 globally “highly cited scientists” for the year 2016 across 22 disciplines (http://stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com/clarivate-analytics- presents-highly-cited-rd-2016). One hundred and eighty four Chinese scientific researchers made the list and the total number ranked fourth in the world, and this included 36 more Chinese scientists on the list than the previous year, showing that Chinese scientists have made more and more major scientific contributions that have had a growing influence in academia.
This special issue intends to publish the representative work of some Chinese researchers mentioned in the list of “highly cited scientists” of 2016 in physical chemistry and other related fields to demonstrate the research outcomes of top-level researchers in China.
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