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Axel Hoffmann one of three Illinois scientists to rank among world's most influential


Professor Axel Hoffmann is one of three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. This is the second year in a row that Professor Hoffmann's research as made the list.

The list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence, from 2009-2019.

In addition to Professor Hoffmann, the other highly cited Illinois researchers this year include:  crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen Long, and plant biology professor Donald Ort.

Hoffmann is a Founder Professor in materials science and engineering and a member of the Materials Research Laboratory. His research focuses on topics related to magnetism, such as spin transport, magnetization dynamics and biomedical applications. His work on spin Hall effects has contributed to the development of spintronics, electronic devices that harness electron spin for faster and more efficient computing. Hoffmann is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.