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Professor Rajamani Krishna of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences again is among the world's most cited chemists. For the sixth year in a row, he features in the list of Highly Cited Researchers compiled by Clarivate Analytics.


Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers - those who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2021, fewer than 6,700, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this distinction. A total of 240 researchers are listed in the Chemistry category, of which three originate from the Netherlands. Accompanying Prof. Krishna are Nobel laureate Prof. Ben Feringa from the University of Groningen and Prof. Marc Koper from Leiden University.

Improving process technologies with molecular insights

Prof. Rajamani Krishna. Photo: HIMS.

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. One of the key aspects of his 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. In recent years, 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.

Krishna has published two textbooks of which one has been translated into Chinese, has more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles, and holds several patents. According to the latest statistics on Google scholar, his publications have been cited almost 55.000 times, with an h-index of 120. Krishna has received several awards for his scientific contributions, including the Akzo Nobel Science Award in 1997, and the prestigious ENI award in 2013.