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Ames Laboratory scientists named 'Most Influential Scientific Minds'

Grant and Award Announcement

DOE/Ames National Laboratory

Paul Canfield, Ames Laboratory

image: Ames Laboratory physicist Paul Canfield was recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. view more 

Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy's Ames Laboratory

Three Ames Laboratory physicists, Paul Canfield, Sergey Bud'ko, and Costas Soukoulis, were recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.

Researchers earned inclusion on the list by writing the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1 percent for their subject field and year of publication between 2002 and 2012. According to Thomson Reuters, the work of the scientists ranked has "consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility." The three were named highly cited researchers in a list compiled by Thomson Reuters of more than 3,000 scientists in 21 fields of research.

All three conduct research in the Ames Laboratory's Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering. Canfield and Bud'ko study the design, discovery, growth and characterization of novel electronic and magnetic compounds and their interesting physical properties. Soukoulis researches the properties of disordered systems with an emphasis on electron and photon localization, photonic crystals, random lasers, metamaterials, left-handed materials, random magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. Canfield and Soukoulis are both distinguished professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University. Bud'ko is an adjunct associate physics professor, also at Iowa State.

"This honor is gratifying, but not surprising," said Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz. "Our scientists have earned the respect of their peers internationally, and that is based not on reputation alone but on solid and measurable contributions to their field. We at the Lab congratulate Paul, Sergey, and Costas on their recognition."


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