AsianScientist (Nov. 20, 2018) – Professor Hideo Hosono, director of the Materials Research Center for Elementary Strategy at the Tokyo Instiitute of Technology has been conferred the Von Hippel Award, the highest honor given by the Materials Research Society (MRS) of the US.
MRS was founded in 1973 with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary research on materials. More than half of its members, which are from over 90 countries and regions, are researchers that hail from outside the US and belong to diverse fields, including chemistry, biology, physics and engineering.
The Von Hippel Award, in honor of Professor Arthur R. Von Hippel (1898-2003), is presented to one researcher each year, regardless of membership, in recognition of the person’s outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary research on materials. Hosono is the 42nd recipient and the first Japanese person to receive this award.
He is recognized “for the discovery of high [critical temperature] iron-based superconductors, and the creation of transparent oxide semiconductors and inorganic electrides.” His findings have implications on the development of oxide semiconductors used in OLED televisions. Moreover, his research on inorganic electrides have enabled the creation of catalysts for ammonia synthesis under mild conditions.
“Professor Von Hippel made historic, pioneering achievements in many interdisciplinary themes, for which he was already famous when I was a student,” said Hosono.
“Japan is strong in the field of materials science, so I was surprised to learn that I am the first Japanese winner. I would like to thank the many collaborators and the universities that have supported me, including sponsors such as the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as well as others who nominated me.”
Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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