Dr. Kazuhiro Hono
President, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Kazuhiro Hono is currently the President of the National Institute
for Materials Science, Japan. He received BS and MS degrees in
Materials Science and Engineering at Tohoku University in 1982
and 1984, respectively and a Ph. D. degree at Penn State in 1988.
After working as a post doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he
joined Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University as a
research associate in 2000, where he built atom probe facility.
Then, he moved to NIMS in 1995, where he had 27 years research
career including Director of Metallic Nanostructure Group,
Director of the Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic
Materials, NIMS Fellow, and Executive Vice President until he
was appointed as President in 2022. Since 2003, he has also been a professor in Materials Science
and Engineering at the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba.
His research interest includes nanostructure characterization of metallic materials using atom
probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy to understand the microstructureproperty
relationships of materials. In the last 20 year, he focused on the development of rare
earth permanent magnets, nanocrystalline soft magnets, nanogranular magnetic recording media
and other magnetic and spintronic materials and their devices based on basic studies on