The College achieved joint second place in the world for materials science research thanks to scientists from the Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE), who ranked as 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th in the UK. The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) came top of the list, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sharing second place.
Thomson Reuters compiled the review, as reported in the Times Higher Education on 24 February 2011, listing the top 100 researchers of the past decade based on citation impact scores for published research papers.
Plastic electronics is a rapidly growing field of research with the potential to bring significant developments in energy, environment and healthcare.
Academics from the CPE have worked through Imperial Consultants on a number of industry challenges, ranging from the enhancement of optical devices in medicine to the testing of thin films of material for solar panels.
Other applications include the development of new, low-energy computer displays, solid-state lighting and pervasive electronics.