Dr. HASHIMOTO Kazuhito
President, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Kazuhito Hashimoto accepted the appointment as President of National
Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba in 2016. He is also a professor
emeritus of the University of Tokyo (UT) and has been a member of Board
of Governors (BOG) of Okinawa Institute Technology (OIST) since 2016. As
an executive member of Council for Science, Technology & Innovation
(Cabinet Office, Government of Japan), he has also been contributing to the
Science and Technology Policy of Japan since 2013.
After he received his BS (1978) and MS degrees (1980) in Chemistry from
UT, he obtained a research position at the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) in 1980. He obtained
a Doctor of Science degree from UT in 1984. In 1989, he was invited as a lecturer at Department of
Applied Chemistry at UT, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991. He was appointed
a full professorship at the Research Center of Advanced Science & Technology (RCAST) of UT in
1997. He served as a Director of RCAST from 2004 to 2007. He was also appointed Professor at
Department of Applied Chemistry at UT from 2003 to 2016.
His research interests are spread over a very broad area and include photocatalysis, microbial
electrochemistry, functionalized magnetic materials, artificial photosynthesis, and polymer
photovoltaics, among many others. His contributions to science are described in more than 650 peer
reviewed papers which have attracted more than 56,000 citations (h-index 117). He has also written
more than 200 reviews and book chapters. The truths he has uncovered are the basis for many
commercial products. His contributions to technology and engineering are described in approximately
200 issued patents, more than 20 of which are currently in use.
He has received many awards including the Japan Prime Minister Award for Academia-Industry
Corporation in 2004, the Japan Imperial Award for Invention in 2006, the Chemical Society of Japan
Award in 2012, the Heinz Gerischer Award of ECS in 2017, and the Medal of Honor with the Purple
Ribbon in 2019.