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October 5, 2021

Sumio Iijima

Senior Research Fellow
Date of birth: May 2, 1939

Professional Title and Affiliation

  • University Professor, Meijo University
  • Senior Research Fellow, NEC Corporation
  • Honorary AIST Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Distinguished Invited University Professor, Nagoya University

Education

1959-1963
University of Electro-communications, Tokyo, Bachelor of Engineering
1963-1965
Tohoku University, Sendai, Majoring in Physics; M.S.
1965-1968
Tohoku University, Sendai, Majoring in Physics; Ph.D

Professional Record

1968-1974
Research Associate, Research Institute for Scientific Measurements, Tohoku University, Sendai
1970-1977
Research Associate, Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
1977-1982
Senior Research Associate, Center for Solid State Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
1979
Visiting Senior Scientist, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
1982-1987
Group Leader, ERATO Program, Research Development Corporation of Japan, Nagoya
1987-Present
Senior Research Fellow, NEC Corporation, Tsukuba (Joined NEC in 1987 as Senior Principal Researcher)
1999-Present
University Professor, Meijo University, Nagoya (Visiting Lecturer, 1998 - 1999), (Professor 1999 - 2010) (University Professor 2010- )
2001-2015
Director, Nanotube Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba
2005-2012
Dean, Sungkyunkwan University, Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT)
2007-Present
Distinguished Invited University Professor of Nagoya University, Nagoya
2015-Present
Honorary AIST Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Academy Members

2007
Foreign Associate of The National Academy of Sciences
2009
Foreign Member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2010
Member of The Japan Academy
2011
Foreign Member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences

Honorary Members (Foreign)

2000.11
Fellow, The American Physical Society
2001.7
Honorary Fellowship, Royal Microscopy Society
2002.5
Honorary Doctor of the University of Antwerp
2003.3
Honorary Doctor of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
2005.10
Honorary Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University
2005.11
Honorary Professor of Peking University
2009.2
Fellow, Microscopy Society of America
2009.6
Honorary Professor of Tsinghua University
2010.10
Honorary Professor of Zhejiang University
2013.12
Honorary Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University
2014.10
Honorary Professor of Aalto University
2015.11
Advisory Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (until 2018.11)

Honorary Members (Japan)

2002.12
Honorary Member, The Crystallographic Society of Japan
2004.6
Honorary Member, The Japanese Society of Microscopy
2007.8
Fellow, The Japan Society of Applied Physics
2009.3
Honorary Member, The Chemical Society of Japan
2009.9
Distinguished Professor of The University of Electro-Communications
2013.3
Honorary Member, The Physical Society of Japan
2014.11
Honorary Member, The Japan Society of Applied Physics
2020.4
Distinguished Invited University Professor of Tohoku University

Typical Awards (Foreign)

1976.8
Bertram Eugene Warren Diffraction Physics Award (The American Crystallography Society)
2002.3
J.C.McGroddy Prize for New Materials (American Physical Society, USA)
2002.4
Agilent Europhysics Prize (European Physical Society)
2002.4
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (The Franklin Institute, USA)
2004.8
The Society's Medal of Achievement in Carbon Science and Technology (The American Carbon Society, USA)
2007.6
Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography 2007 (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
2007.11
2007 Balzan Prize for Nanoscience (International Balzan Prize Foundation, Italy)
2008.9
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience 2008 (The Kavli Foundation, Norway)
2008.10
The Prince of Asturias Award for Technical Scientific Research 2008 (The Prince of Asturias Foundation, Spain)
2015.6
European Inventor Award (European Patent Office, Germany)
2015.9
Diamond and Carbon Materials Award 2015 (The International conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials)
and others

Typical Awards (Japan)

1985.12
Nishina Memorial Award (The Nishina Memorial Foundation, Japan)
1997.1
Asahi Award (The Asahi Shinbun Cultural Foundation, Japan)
1999.2
Tsukuba Prize (The Science and Technology Promotion Foundation of Ibaraki, Japan)
2002.6
Japan Academy Award and Imperial Award (The Japan Academy)
2003.11
Person of Cultural Merits (Japanese Government)
2007.6
Fujihara Award (The Fujihara Foundation of Science, Japan)
2009.11
Order of Cultural Merits
2015.10
The Nishikawa Prize (The Crystallographic Society of Japan)
and Others

Distinguished Lectures

1997.5
Friday Evening Discourse, The Royal Institution of Great Britain
2003.4
Van Horn Lecture, Case Western Reserve University
2007.5
Bodo von Borries Lecture 2007 (Universität Tübingen)
2008.1
DOW lecture, Northwestern University
2008.7
Nagoya university lecture, Nagoya University
2008.10
W.H. Bragg Lecture 2008, University College London
2008.12
George Pimentel Memorial Lecture (U.C. Berkeley, USA)
2009.6
Tsinghua Global Vision Lecture (Tsinghua University, China)
2010.1
Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures) (Imperial Palace, Japan)
2010.3
Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Speaker (MIT, USA)
2010.3
William Spitzer Lecture (University of Southern California, USA)
2011.10
The 2011 Evans Lecture (The Ohio State University, USA)
2013.12
Einstein Lectureship (Institute of Metal Research, CAS, China)
2015.3
Global Lecture Series (Zhejiang University, China)
2015.11
LUOJIA expert forum of Wuhan University (Wuhan University, China)

Editors and Advisory board members

  • Journal of microscopy, Editorial Board
  • Journal of electron microscopy, Advisory Board
  • Journal of Applied Physics, Advisory Board
  • Journal National Science Review, Advisory Board
  • Nanostructured materials, Associate Editor
  • Chemical Physics Letters, Advisory Board
  • Carbon, Honorary Advisory Board
  • Journal Small, Honorary Member
  • Journal Nano, Chief Editor, (-2013)
  • Ultramicroscopy, Advisory Editorial Board (-2010)
    and Others

Publications

Approximately 620 refereed scientific papers in publications such as Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Acta Crystallography, Journal of Crystal Growth, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of American Chemical Society, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry and Nano Letter. etc.

The top 100 papers (2014)
Nature explores the most-cited research of all time.
36 Place:
"Helical microtubules of graphitic carbon", Sumio Iijima, Nature, 354, 56-58 (1991).
URL: new windowhttp://www.nature.com/news/the-top-100-papers-1.16224

Number of Patents

JPA 128, PCT 60 (As of August 31, 2010)
* Winner of European Inventor Award 2015 [Non-European Countries]
"ACUTE TIP. MULTI-WALL CARBON NANOTUBE RADIAL AGGREGATE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME"
Patent No.: EP1464618
出願日:2002/11/5
登録日:2011/9/14

Research Fields

  • Nano Science, Materials Science, Electron microscopy, Crystallography