Top 100 rising institutions in chemistry

The table shows the top 100 rising institutions in chemistry, ranked by change in adjusted Share* from 2015 to 2019. Also listed are the institution's Share and Count in 2019, percentage change in adjusted Share from 2015 to 2019, and global rank in the 2020 annual tables.

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Rank Institution Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in
Share* 2015–2019
Change in
Share* 2015–2019 (%)
1University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China201.421022130.93185.7 %6
2University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China260.1456287.8351.0 %2
3Sichuan University (SCU), China170.4124283.9997.2 %10
4Soochow University, China159.5327669.4977.2 %12
5Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China122.4930466.87120.2 %29
6Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China93.3317265.92240.4 %39
7Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China79.4020264.06417.4 %53
8Tsinghua University, China197.5647851.6735.4 %7
9Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China131.9625050.0761.1 %21
10Nanjing University (NJU), China230.2142348.5926.8 %4
11Nankai University (NKU), China182.7641847.6735.3 %9
12Fuzhou University (FZU), China78.8513844.60130.2 %55
13Wuhan University (WHU), China128.8021143.5651.1 %25
14Shenzhen University (SZU), China42.6213841.022572.5 %>100
15Jilin University (JLU), China123.7325036.9042.5 %28
16Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China61.0719236.27146.2 %80
17Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China61.2213935.84141.2 %79
18Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China89.1821135.5766.3 %43
19Xiamen University (XMU), China143.4223935.1132.4 %17
20Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China62.5915232.91110.9 %75
21Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China61.889032.91113.6 %77
22Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China67.2214731.8490.0 %67
23University of Jinan (UJN), China39.655031.50386.3 %>100
24Beijing Normal University (BNU), China55.7211530.93124.8 %94
25Central South University (CSU), China48.5310029.96161.3 %>100
26ShanghaiTech University, China31.2010229.061358.1 %>100
27Henan Normal University, China40.377028.93252.9 %>100
28South China University of Technology (SCUT), China85.9019326.9645.7 %47
29Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), China41.039826.85189.2 %>100
30Henan University (HENU), China33.455826.61389.1 %>100
31University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China40.698224.04144.3 %>100
32Southeast University (SEU), China47.378823.77100.7 %>100
33Northwest University (NWU), China44.338223.71115.0 %>100
34Tianjin University (TJU), China101.3235522.6628.8 %34
35University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China25.127522.40822.5 %>100
36Shandong University (SDU), China73.8817722.3143.3 %58
37University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia54.3214721.0963.5 %100
38Chongqing University (CQU), China38.218320.96121.5 %>100
39Jiangnan University, China27.505620.95319.6 %>100
40China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China34.245720.85155.7 %>100
41Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China44.628420.5385.2 %>100
42Jinan University (JNU), China30.385620.07194.5 %>100
43Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China28.526618.64188.6 %>100
44Northeastern University (NEU), China22.103118.51515.4 %>100
45Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China36.727518.49101.5 %>100
46Yangzhou University (YZU), China25.934818.23236.8 %>100
47Southwest University (SWU), China63.387918.1740.2 %73
48Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China73.4813818.0532.6 %59
49Shanghai University (SHU), China38.558917.9787.4 %>100
50Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China24.124616.98237.7 %>100
51Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), India24.363716.82223.4 %>100
52Qingdao University (QU), China21.694716.73337.6 %>100
53Zhejiang University (ZJU), China169.9733316.7110.9 %11
54East China Normal University (ECNU), China81.0916316.4925.5 %51
55University of Vienna, Austria33.568316.4195.7 %>100
56The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA)65.8614916.1732.5 %69
57Cornell University, United States of America (USA)87.8921115.9622.2 %45
58Beihang University (BUAA), China40.7010715.4761.3 %>100
59Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China26.906015.10127.9 %>100
60Anhui University (AHU), China22.896315.10193.7 %>100
61Tongji University, China32.868514.9883.8 %>100
62Nanchang Hangkong University (NCHU), China15.442414.973130.6 %>100
63Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China16.293414.851035.7 %>100
64China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China23.227014.75174.2 %>100
65South China Normal University (SCNU), China19.844614.64281.1 %>100
66University of Basel (UB), Switzerland42.8411314.2649.9 %>100
67Colorado State University, United States of America (USA)37.316714.1260.9 %>100
68Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China17.519414.01401.0 %>100
69Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China18.976313.84269.6 %>100
70Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland138.3323213.7711.1 %18
71Donghua University (DHU), China23.185313.52139.8 %>100
72Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST), China13.272713.1813783.5 %>100
73University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany49.558012.9335.3 %>100
74Duke University, United States of America (USA)48.279112.6735.6 %>100
75Auburn University, United States of America (USA)17.742712.66249.4 %>100
76Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China25.055212.61101.4 %>100
77Nanchang University (NCU), China25.776212.4994.0 %>100
78Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China23.133812.28113.1 %>100
79Tianjin University of Technology (TUT), China19.105111.93166.4 %>100
80Huaqiao University (HQU), China20.183311.54133.6 %>100
81Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India27.643411.5371.6 %>100
82Central China Normal University (CCNU), China37.016111.5045.1 %>100
83Yunnan University (YNU), China15.723111.18246.3 %>100
84Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU), China13.051910.66446.1 %>100
85Jiangsu Normal University (JSNU), China21.953610.5993.3 %>100
86Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan11.542610.541049.5 %>100
87Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany46.0911710.5129.6 %>100
88Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China13.843710.42304.1 %>100
89Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU), China16.243410.25170.9 %>100
90The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), United States of America (USA)26.518310.1662.1 %>100
91Florida International University (FIU), United States of America (USA)12.50289.96391.2 %>100
92Guangzhou University (GU), China9.84259.84N/A>100
93Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia16.14539.72151.3 %>100
94Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China39.74899.6732.2 %>100
95Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), China15.78319.62156.2 %>100
96Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), India17.05249.62129.5 %>100
97National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore118.442789.548.8 %30
98Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA)60.951329.4618.4 %81
99Xiangtan University (XTU), China16.80359.41127.4 %>100
100TU Dortmund University, Germany22.61519.0967.2 %>100

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.