Rajamani Krishna among world's most highly cited researchers

HIMS professor is one of three Dutch chemists in authoritative listing

18 November 2016

Professor Rajamani Krishna of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences is one of the few Dutch chemists in the recently published list of Highly Cited Researchers 2016. The authoritative listing was compiled by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters.

The list is a citation analysis identifying scientists – as determined by their fellow researchers – whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study. It contains more than 3,000 researchers, in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences. They were selected based on the number of highly cited papers they produced over an 11-year period from January 2004 to December 2014. Highly Cited Papers were defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science.

A total of 214 researchers worldwide are listed in the chemistry category of which three originate from the Netherlands. Accompanying professor Krishna are professors Bert Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Albert Heck (Utrecht University).

Improving Process Technologies with Molecular Insights

Throughout his career, Rajamani Krishna has focused on improving technologies related to reaction and separation by means of investigating physico-chemical phenomena at the molecular and microscopic levels. His research interests range from molecular modelling and bubble and particle dynamics to reactor scale up and process synthesis.

Image taken from 'Design and Scale-up of the Fischer-Tropsch Bubble Column Slurry Reactor', by R. Krishna and S.T. Sie in Fuel Processing Technology. DOI: 10.1016/S0378-3820(99)00128-9

One of the key aspects of Krishna's research is the development of unifying concepts in multicomponent diffusion and multiphase hydrodynamics both in separations and reaction engineering. It has provided many improvements in technologies concerning distillation, recovery of oil from shale, fluidized catalytic cracking, catalytic reforming, hydroprocessing, and hydrocracking.

A major achievement has been the development of design and scale up procedures for Fischer-Tropsch slurry reactors. In recent years Rajamani Krishna has contributed to many research projects in the field of metal-organic framework (MOF) separations, especially with his mathematical modelling of the separation performance.

Articles, patents and prizes

Krishna has published two text books of which one has been translated into Chinese, more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles, and holds several patents. According to the latest statistics on Google scholar, his publications have been cited more than 29,000 times, with an h-index of 90. 

Krishna has received several awards for his scientific contributions, including the Akzo Nobel Science Award in 1997, and the prestigious ENI award in 2013 for his research theme Improving Process Technologies with Molecular Insights. 

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