Paul McEuen, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science in the Department of Physics, has been named a Citation Laureate for his seminal contributions to carbon-based electronics. Each year since 2002, analysts at Clarivate Analytics have mined millions of citations in the Web of Science to identify top-tier researchers in the fields of physiology/medicine, physics and chemistry whose work is worthy of special recognition.
According to Clarivate’s methodology, McEuen’s research has “earned quantifiable esteem and wielded unusually strong influence in the scientific community. This impact is manifestly illustrated by the high quantity of citations to [his] work – with each citation representing a direct mark of influence and significance as judged by the research community.”
McEuen’s research focuses on the fabrication and study of nanostructures. He uses these structures to span the gap between the macroscopic and molecular worlds, exploring electronics, optics, mechanics, chemistry and biology at the nanoscale. His current research ranges from the use of carbon nanotubes for optoelectronics and mechanics to the use of graphene and other 2D materials for atomic-scale origami, active materials, and micro and nanomachines.
He received a B.S. in 1985 in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in 1991 in applied physics from Yale University. His research promise was recognized early in his career when he was named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, 1992-95 and a National Young Investigator in 1993-98. He was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2003, of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His awards include the 2009 Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for Basic and Applied Science and the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize.