Drexel’s Materials Publications Have Impact

Published on Saturday May 7, 2005

The journal papers published by the faculty members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University from 1994 through 2004 were cited 30% more frequently than those of competing materials departments, including Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as noted in a recent Thompson ISI comparative study of the impact of materials science scientific journal papers from 1994 to 2004. Additionally, those papers received 2.4 times the citations of the average journal paper published in the discipline of materials in that time period.

Among them, the most frequently cited paper overall, with 279 citations (as of 5/7/05), is one by Dr. Michel Barsoum and his former Ph.D. student, Dr. Tamer El-Raghy (MSE, Ph.D. 1997) entitled, "Synthesis and Characterization of Ti3SiC2 : A Remarkable Ceramic" and published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society [79(7), 1953-1956, 1996], also the most cited paper in the journal during the last 10 years. Incidentally, El Raghy was the highest cited author in the same journal with Barsoum second and Dr. Surya Kalidindi and Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos in 19th and 20th place respectively. There were 5,732 articles published in the journal between 1994 and 2004 by several thousand different authors.

Additionally, "Electrospun Nanofibrous Structure: A Novel Scaffold for Bioengineering," a paper coauthored by Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Frank Ko (Li, W.J., Laurencin, C.T., Caterson, E.J, Tuan, R.S., and Ko, F.K.) was the most downloaded paper of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research in 2004.

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