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The ICMAB most cited article of all time has more than 7400 citations!

Would you like to know which are the 10 most cited articles of all time published by ICMAB researchers? Well, we have done the job for you. After looking the Web of Science-Core collection, we obtain the following results: 

27 December 2018

1. The SIESTA method for ab initio order-N materials simulation
Soler JM; Artacho, E; Gale, JD; Garcia, A; Junquera, J; Ordejon, P; Sanchez-Portal, D 
Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter2002, 14, 1,1 2745-2779. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/14/11/302
Total citations: 7405
Average citations per year: 435

In the first place we have the article entitled "The SIESTA method for ab initio order-N materials simulation", published in the Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter in 2002. This article has been for a long time, one of the most cited articles in the history of physics. At the time we looked, it had 7,405 citations, and an average of 435 citations per year. 

The artricle describes the SIESTA program, which is both a method and its computer program implementation, to perform efficient electronic structure calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of molecules and solids.

"SIESTA's efficiency stems from the use of strictly localized basis sets and from the implementation of linear-scaling algorithms which can be applied to suitable systems. A very important feature of the code is that its accuracy and cost can be tuned in a wide range, from quick exploratory calculations to highly accurate simulations matching the quality of other approaches, such as plane-wave and all-electron methods.The possibility of treating large systems with some first-principles electronic-structure methods has opened up new opportunities in many disciplines."

The SIESTA program is distributed freely to academics and has become quite popular, being increasingly used by researchers in geosciences, biology, and engineering (apart from those in its natural habitat of materials physics and chemistry). Currently there are several thousand users all over the world. This is why it is not strange that the paper describing the method has received more than 7,400 citations so far! The program also has a Wikipedia entry and a website

The other 9 articles that form the Top 10 most cited articles of all time ICMAB history are the following: 

2. Density-functional method for nonequilibrium electron transport
Brandbyge, M; Mozos, JL; Ordejon, P; Taylor, J; Stokbro, K
Physical Review B, 2002, 65, 16, 165401. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.65.165401
Total citations: 2961
Average citations per year: 174

3. Hydrogen bond strengths revealed by topological analyses of experimentally observed electron densities
Espinosa, E; Molins, E; Lecomte, C
Chemical Physics Letters, 1998, 285, 3-4, 170-173. DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2614(98)00036-0
Total citations: 1459
Average citations per year: 69

4. Beyond Intercalation-Based Li-Ion Batteries: The State of the Art and Challenges of Electrode Materials Reacting Through Conversion Reactions
Cabana, Jordi; Monconduit, Laure; Larcher, Dominique; Rosa Palacin, M.
Advanced Materials, 2010, 22, 35, E170-E192. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201000717 1325 147,22
Total citations: 1325
Average citations per year: 147

5. Old materials with new tricks: multifunctional open-framework materials
Maspoch, Daniel; Ruiz-Molina, Daniel; Veciana, Jaume
Chemical Society Reviews, 2007, 36, 5, 770-818. DOI: 10.1039/b501600m
Total citations: 837
Average citations per year: 70

6. From weak to strong interactions: A comprehensive analysis of the topological and energetic properties of the electron density distribution involving X-H center dot center dot center dot F-Y systems
Espinosa, E; Alkorta, I; Elguero, J; Molins, E
Journal of Chemical Physics, 2002, 117, 12, 5529-5542. DOI: 10.1063/1.1501133
Total citations: 741
Average citations per year: 44

7. Hybrid organic-inorganic materials - In search of synergic activity
Gomez-Romero, P
Advanced Materials2001, 13, 3, 163-174. DOI: 10.1002/1521-4095(200102)13:3<163::AID-ADMA163>3.0.CO;2-U
Total citations: 696
Average citations per year: 39

8. Recent advances in rechargeable battery materials: a chemist's perspective
Rosa Palacin, M.
Chemical Society Reviews, 2009, 38, 9, 2565-2575. DOI: 10.1039/b820555h
Total citations: 671
Average citations per year: 67

9. Nanocrystalline CeO2 increases the activity of an for CO oxidation by two orders of magnitude
Carrettin, S; Concepcion, P; Corma, A; Nieto, JML; Puntes, VF
Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2004, 43, 19, 2538-2540. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200353570
Total citations: 670
Average citations per year: 45

10. Low temperature surface spin-glass transition in gamma-Fe2O3 nanoparticles
Martinez, B; Obradors, X; Balcells, L; Rouanet, A; Monty, C
Physical Review Letters1998, 80, 1, 181-184. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.181
Total citations: 669
Average citations per year: 32

*Data from Web of Science-Core collection (18/12/2018)
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