Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Akira Fujishima

2004 (20th) Japan Prize Laureate

Chemical Technology for the Environment
Pioneering work on photochemical catalysis and its application for the environment
Commemorative Lecture
Photocatalysis for the Environment
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: August 3 1942
Academic Degrees:
1966 B. A. (Engineering), Yokohama National University
1971 Ph. D. (Engineering), The University of Tokyo
Professional Career:
1971 Lecturer, Kanagawa University
1973 Assistant Professor, Kanagawa University
1975 Lecturer, The University of Tokyo
1976-77 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
1978 Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
1986 Professor, The University of Tokyo
1994-03 Professor, Graduate School, The University of Tokyo
2003 Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
2003-present Chairman, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology
Title: Chairman, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology
Major Publications:
  1. A. Fujishima and K. Honda, Electrochemical Evidence for the Mechanism of the Primary Stage of Photosynthesis Bull. Chem. Soc. Japan, 44 (4), 1148. (1971)
  2. A. Fujishima and K. Honda, Electrochemical Photolysis of Water at a Semiconductor Electrode Nature, 238 (5358), 37. (1972)
  3. A. Fujishima, K. Kohayakawa and K. Honda, Hydrogen Production under Sunlight with Electrochemical Photo-Cell J. Electrochem. Soc., 122, 1487 (1975)
  4. A. Fujishima and S. Nakabayashi, Kinetic Electronic Transfer at Semiconductor- Electrolyte Interface, J. Photochem., 25, 151 (1985)
  5. R. Cai, Y. Kubota, T. Shuin, H. Sakai, K. Hashimoto and A. Fujishima, Induction of Cytotoxicity by Photoexcited TiO2 Particles, Cancer Research, 52, 2346 (1992)
  6. N.Negishi, T. Iyoda, K. Hashimoto and A. Fujishima, Preparation of Transparent TiO2 Thin Film Photocatalyst and Its Photocatalytic Activity Chem. lett., 841. (1995)
  7. Y. Ohko, K. Hashimoto and A. Fujishima, Kinetics of Photocatalytic Reactions undar Extremely Low-Intensity UV Illumination on Titanium Dioxide Thin Films J. Phys. Chem. A, 101 (43), 8057. (1997)
  8. A. Fujishima and T. N. Rao, Interfacial Photochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications, Pure & Appl. Chem., 70 (11), 2177 (1988)
  9. A. Fujishima, K. Hashimoto, T. Watanabe, TiO2 Photocatalysis: Fundamentals and Applications, BKC, Inc., Tokyo (1999)
  10. A. Fujishima, T.N. Rao and D.A. Tryk, Titanium Dixide Photocatalysis, J. Photochem. Photobiol. C: Photochem. Reviews, 1, 1 (2000)
Major Awards:
  • Asahi Prize, Asahi Shimbun (1983)
  • Inoue Harunari Prize (1998)
  • The Chemical Society of Japan Prize (2000)
  • The Chemical Society of Japan, Member
  • The Electrochemical Society of Japan, President
  • The Japanese Photochemistry Association, Advisory Member

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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