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The Best in the World – Scientists from the University of Potsdam Again Among Most Cited Researchers

Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher (left) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber (right)
Photo : Karla Fritze
Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher (left) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber (right)

Two scientists from the University of Potsdam are among the absolute top group of the most cited researchers in their field worldwide. This year’s list of “Highly Cited Researchers,” compiled by the “Web of Science Group” at the U.S. company “Clarivate Analytics,” has listed the physicist Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher and the molecular biologist Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber among the most influential scientists in their fields for the second year in a row. Prof. Dr. Martin Herold, Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof. Dr. Philipp A. Wigge – three researchers appointed by the University of Potsdam together with the Potsdam GeoForschungsZentrum (GfZ), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) – are also among the “Highly Cited Researchers.” The ranking, which is compiled annually, includes nearly 7,000 scientists from 69 countries in 2022. Germany has thus overtaken Australia and ranks fourth in the global comparison of countries; only the USA, China and the UK rank higher.

Dieter Neher is Professor of Soft Matter Physics and Optoelectronics at the University of Potsdam. One of the focal points of his scientific work is research into the dynamics of charges in novel semiconductor materials with regard to optoelectronic applications. One current goal here is to develop materials for efficient solar cells with very thin absorber layers. “Research into new materials is highly competitive,” says Neher. “That makes it all the more gratifying that our work is so well perceived at the University of Potsdam. I think it pays off that we resolutely investigate the physical processes in these materials and try to identify universal regularities.”

Bernd Müller-Röber is Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam and head of the “Signaling Networks in Plants” research group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm. His research is primarily devoted to plant genomics as well as growth processes and gene regulation in plants. For example, he is investigating how plants react to external influences such as heat, and how they can be made more stress-resistant using molecular biology methods, an important concern in times of climate change. “Climate change is increasingly threatening the foundations of a bio-based economy. We are very pleased that our research on stress tolerance in crop plants is so well perceived internationally,” says Müller-Röber.
The “Highly Cited Researcher” ranking documents the impact of scientific publications that are most frequently cited in their respective fields. It is published annually by the Web of Science Group of the U.S. company Clarivate Analytics.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher | Photo: Karla Fritze
Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber | Photo: Karla Fritze

Prof. Dr. Dieter Neher, Institute for Physics and Astronomy
Tel.: 0331-977 1265
Email: dieter.neheruni-potsdamde

Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber
Institute for Biochemistry and Biology
Email: bmruni-potsdamde

Media Information 15-11-2022 / No. 124