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Deng-Ke Yang, Ph.D.

Nineteen Kent State faculty members have been named to be in the top 2% of scientists in the world based on a recent study published by Stanford University scholars.

The report, published in the PLOS Biology Journal, evaluated more than six million scientists across 22 different fields and 176 sub-fields from 1996 until 2019. The top 2% list is made up of more than 100,000 most-cited scientists who have authored at least five scientific papers. For more information on the list and the other Kent State researchers who are on it.

Be curious and do something useful.

Questions & Answers

Why did you decide to pursue your field of research?

To understand the world and serve human society.

What would you tell a student at the beginning of their academic career?

Be curious.

Tell us a little about your research:

I investigate the role of chirality (handedness) in soft matter, develop displays and smart windows.

What are you hoping to accomplish?

To develop a smart window which can control privacy and radiant energy flow. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be curious and do something useful.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

My father, who was a farmer and raised seven children, twisted my arm to study.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Playing sports, playing bridge and gardening 

What does it mean to you to be included in the top 2% in your field?

I’m so happy to be included.

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