Materials Science Graduate Program Professor Continues Streak of Being Named Among the Most Highly Cited Scholars

A Kent State University professor in the College of Arts and Sciences is once again on Clarivate's list of Highly Cited Researchers in the world.

Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is again ranked in the top one percent of chemists and materials scientists, based on citations in Clarivate’s Web of Science database. His area of research expertise is in adsorption, chemical separations, and chemistry of nanomaterials, which he describes as an "exciting and important research field, especially design and synthesis of well-defined nanostructures with tailored porosity, surface properties and morphology for energy-related and environmental applications." He is also a faculty member of the Materials Science Graduate Program and member of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State.

As early as 2001, he was listed among the world’s top 100 materials scientists. He was listed on the Clarivate report in 2015 and 2016 for citations in chemistry, and each year since 2017 for both chemistry and materials science.

Overall, Jaroniec’s 1,042 papers have been cited more than 89,460 times and he has an h-index of 130. An h-index is a metric frequently used within the scientific field to determine the productivity and impact of someone’s work based on their various publications over a certain period of time. 

According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the average chemistry professor has an h-index between 12-24. An h-index of 12 simply means that a person has published at least 12 articles that have each been referenced by at least 12 other articles.

There are just a handful of chemists worldwide with h-indices above 200. The h-indices of chemists awarded the Nobel Prize during the last five years range from about 30 to 160; Jaroniec has an h-index of 130, which places him among the top chemists worldwide.

He was also recently ranked highly among the top 2% of scientists in the world in chemical physics 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 subfields from 1996 until 2019. 

In 2016, the Polish Chemical Society awarded Jaroniec with the Medal of Marie Sklodowska-Curie for scientific achievements. The prestigious medal is awarded to outstanding chemists working permanently abroad for exceptional scientific achievements of international significance and for contributions to the community of Polish chemists. He has received an Honorary Professor title, two Doctors of Honoris Causa. 

Before joining the faculty at Kent State in 1991, Jaroniec obtained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Poland in 1972 and 1976, and a Sc.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1979 before serving as a professor there from 1972-1991 in the Department of Theoretical Chemistry.

In June 2019, he became an Academic Deputy Editor of Science Advances journal, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Jaroniec earned several honors and awards from all over the world, including the Distinguished Scholar Award (2002), Advisor Excellence Award (2007), and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award (2010) at Kent State. He has served on several journal advisory and editorial boards and is a member of several scientific organizations such as the American Chemical Society. He has edited several books and published more than 1,000 scientific articles and communications in international journals.

To see Jaroniec’s full profile and a list of his publications, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, visit 
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For more information about Kent State's Materials Science Graduate Program, visit

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 09:28 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 04:36 PM
Jim Maxwell