LUT's chemistry professor Mika Sillanpää the only Finnish engineering scientist among the world's most cited

Mika Sillanpää, Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Laboratory of Green Chemistry at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), has for the first time been acknowledged as one of the roughly 3 300 most cited researchers in the world. On the most recent Highly Cited Researchers list, Sillanpää is the only chemistry researcher from Finland. Therefore, he is currently the most frequently cited researcher in chemistry and chemical engineering in Finland.

Moreover, Sillanpää is the list's only Finnish researcher from technical universities in Finland. The list included only a few hundred researchers of engineering sciences, and Professor Sillanpää was the only Finnish one.

Highly Cited Researchers 2017 includes 21 Finnish researchers from research institutions in Finland. This means that approximately 0.6 per cent of the world's most frequently cited scientists are Finns. The list was published by Clarivate Analytics based on the Web of Science database. Of the world's tens of millions of researchers, only one in ten thousand are recognised on the list.

The number of citations is an indicator of how well a researcher's publications are known around the world and of their impact.

"When other researchers cite Sillanpää's publications, it tells us that they have needed Sillanpää's results as the starting point for their own work. We could say that Sillanpää's research is internationally highly relevant and has a significant impact," explains Jari Hämäläinen, Vice Rector, Research, LUT.

The most recent Highly Cited Researchers list includes approximately 3 300 researchers whose publications have been cited in the publications of other researchers over the past 11 years. The researchers who have qualified for the list have the most publications in their field of science that rank in the top one per cent by citations in that publication year. In other words, members of the academic community assess these scientists' work as very important and useful in terms of their own research.

Nobel prizes in science are often awarded to Highly Cited Researchers. The worldwide academic community follows ranking lists of universities and researchers closely when they evaluate who to engage in research projects and involve in funding applications.

Research on the availability of clean water

As a researcher, Mika Sillanpää aims to provide solutions to the availability of clean water where its supply is threatened. His research currently focuses increasingly on the circular economy. Together with his research group, he aims to solve how to make water treatment a profitable process instead of an expense. His research explores the recovery and further processing of energy, water, nutrients and valuable substances.

Professor Sillanpää has published over 500 internationally refereed scientific papers. Overall, he has more than 700 publications and 18 000 citations to them. He has supervised nearly 40 doctoral dissertations. In addition, he has acted as a reviewer in more than 240 academic journals. Sillanpää's laboratory, which is based in Mikkeli, Finland, has collaborated with over 80 leading research partners worldwide.

In 2010, Professor Sillanpää received an international environmental science award from the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).

Additional information:

Professor Mika Sillanpää, tel. +358 400 205215, mika.sillanpaa@lut.fi