About Hideo Hosono
Hideo Hosono earned a PhD degree in applied chemistry from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1982. He became a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) in 1999, after working as an associate professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology, National Institute for Molecular Science, and Tokyo Tech. He was the Founding Director of the Materials Research Center for Element Strategy in 2012. Hosono is a Foreign Fellow of The Royal Society, London, and a member of university councilors.
Hosono created IGZO semiconductors and their TFTs, which are now applied as the backplane of large-sized OLED-TVs. In 2008, his group discovered a high-Tc iron-pnictide superconductor, which has now grown to a continent of high-Tc superconductors comparable to cuprates. He is a pioneer of stable electride and 2D electrides and their applications represented by catalysts for ammonia synthesis.
Hosono has received numerous awards and honors, including the Medal of Honor (Purple Ribbon), Bernd T. Matthias Prize, Jan Rajchman Prize, Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate, James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials, Imperial Prize, Japan Academy Prize and the Japan Prize.