A Glimpse into Dr. Nidal Hilal’s Scientific Achievements

Document Type : VSI: Honoring NH


Department of Structure of Matter, Thermal Physics and Electronics, Faculty of Physics, University Complutense of Madrid, Avda. Complutense s/n, 28040, Madrid, Spain


Since 1994, when he published his first scientific paper, Dr. Nidal Hilal has become a role model in the scientific community for his influential research works (articles, books, chapters in books, conferences, patents, etc.) and management (editor-in-chief, editorial board member, advisor, consultant, director of research centers, etc.). His research career has been focused mainly on, but not limited to, membrane engineering, membrane processes, and water research including desalination. Here we reveal Dr. Hilal's scientific contribution and impact in the fields of engineering and technology using bibliometric and text mining approaches, together with Orange Data Mining, Python, and R-Biblioshiny (Bibliometrix) tools. According to the dataset downloaded from the Scopus database, on January 1st, 2023, Dr. Hilal's h-index, and g-index were found to be 79 and 144, respectively; with a 9.88 % annual growth rate of publications. He has published documents in 97 different sources with 433 authors all around the world, and 2015 stands out as his most productive year. He has contributed mostly to scientific articles (287). The source listed with most of his publications is Desalination, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for 13 years increasing its impact factor by 451.2 %, from 2.034 in 2009 to 11.211 in 2021. He also published 8 books. Trending topic analysis of keywords reveals that for the past few years, he has focused on nanomaterials. Sentiment analysis shows that he is delivering good and upbeat news to all at a fairly high rate.

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A Glimpse into Dr. Nidal Hilal’s Scientific Achievements


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Volume 10, Issue 2
Special Issue: A Tribute to Prof. Nidal Hilal
April 2024
  • Receive Date: 26 March 2023
  • Revise Date: 12 August 2023
  • Accept Date: 14 October 2023