2021 tables: Institutions - chemistry

Table criteria

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

2020 Institution Share 2019 Share 2020
1 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 963.32 949.72
2 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 260.67 246.63
3 Max Planck Society, Germany 223.03 239.74
4 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 235.76 222.88
5 Nanjing University (NJU), China 230.51 215.50
6 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 202.25 195.34
7 Peking University (PKU), China 195.34 180.04
8 Tsinghua University, China 197.89 173.64
9 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 170.98 169.29
10 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 148.05 162.21
11 Nankai University (NKU), China 184.59 155.54
12 Sichuan University (SCU), China 172.75 153.90
13 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 153.89 145.66
14 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 156.88 145.49
15 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 122.38 142.49
16 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 146.04 142.34
17 Jilin University (JLU), China 123.90 138.78
18 Fudan University, China 131.88 138.23
19 Soochow University, China 159.53 138.12
20 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 118.08 136.90
21 Kyoto University, Japan 135.81 134.75
22 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 125.67 130.99
23 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 126.51 128.72
24 Xiamen University (XMU), China 143.42 128.09
25 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 116.02 125.07
26 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 79.10 124.46
27 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 129.69 120.87
28 Wuhan University (WHU), China 128.80 120.79
29 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 134.50 120.63
30 Tianjin University (TJU), China 101.37 117.80
31 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 138.33 114.41
32 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 132.96 114.03
33 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 131.55 112.50
34 Osaka University, Japan 101.31 107.51
35 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 105.01 104.16
36 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 91.33 103.33
37 Hunan University (HNU), China 109.79 101.74
38 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 67.57 97.40
39 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 91.94 96.90
40 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 100.20 96.79
41 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 86.25 96.01
42 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 94.50 92.46
43 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 87.88 90.75
44 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 59.61 89.67
45 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 66.81 87.53
46 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 58.04 86.06
47 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 81.09 85.68
48 Leibniz Association, Germany 88.21 84.49
49 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 97.92 83.75
50 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United States of America (USA) 69.39 83.40
51 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 93.33 82.56
52 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 61.36 79.91
53 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 81.35 79.18
54 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 76.57 78.94
55 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 92.00 77.63
56 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 65.86 75.97
57 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 86.26 75.96
58 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 54.84 75.65
59 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 85.19 75.30
60 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 64.02 74.95
61 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 65.59 73.45
62 Shandong University (SDU), China 73.94 71.57
63 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 89.62 70.86
64 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 69.50 70.86
65 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 77.32 70.67
66 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 59.83 70.55
67 Nagoya University, Japan 56.19 67.19
68 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 58.45 66.14
69 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 62.16 65.65
70 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 59.10 65.26
71 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 81.10 65.03
72 Scripps Research, United States of America (USA) 53.91 64.83
73 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 78.84 64.39
74 Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China 61.88 63.96
75 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 62.88 63.58
76 Tohoku University, Japan 56.56 62.35
77 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 55.10 61.69
78 Hokkaido University, Japan 68.19 61.54
79 Kyushu University, Japan 58.03 60.49
80 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 56.86 60.28
81 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 62.25 59.62
82 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 56.06 59.52
83 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 67.22 59.41
84 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 65.51 59.05
85 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 73.23 58.95
86 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 58.72 58.78
87 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 69.40 58.59
88 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 35.49 57.73
89 RIKEN, Japan 37.63 57.71
90 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 62.59 57.49
91 University of Göttingen, Germany 53.82 56.93
92 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 55.64 56.31
93 Southwest University (SWU), China 63.38 55.60
94 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 73.59 55.45
95 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), United States of America (USA) 56.62 53.95
96 Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), United States of America (USA) 55.83 53.93
97 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 49.48 53.74
98 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 61.22 53.61
99 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 44.62 53.06
100 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 52.33 52.15

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