Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Akira Fujishima

Dr. Akira Fujishima

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    3 August 1942

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2004 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Chemical Technology for the Environment
  • Achievement:
    Pioneering work on photochemical catalysis and its application for the environment
  • Lecture:
    Photocatalysis for the Environment

Major Awards

1983 Asahi Prize, Asahi Shimbun
1998 Inoue Harunari Prize
2000 The Chemical Society of Japan Prize


The Chemical Society of Japan, Member
The Electrochemical Society of Japan, President
The Japanese Photochemistry Association, Advisory Member

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


  • Chairman, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology

Major Publications

  • A. Fujishima and K. Honda, Electrochemical Evidence for the Mechanism of the Primary Stage of Photosynthesis Bull. Chem. Soc. Japan, 44 (4), 1148. (1971)
  • A. Fujishima and K. Honda, Electrochemical Photolysis of Water at a Semiconductor Electrode Nature, 238 (5358), 37. (1972)
  • A. Fujishima, K. Kohayakawa and K. Honda, Hydrogen Production under Sunlight with Electrochemical Photo-Cell J. Electrochem. Soc., 122, 1487 (1975)
  • A. Fujishima and S. Nakabayashi, Kinetic Electronic Transfer at Semiconductor- Electrolyte Interface, J. Photochem., 25, 151 (1985)
  • 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)
  • N.Negishi, T. Iyoda, K. Hashimoto and A. Fujishima, Preparation of Transparent TiO2 Thin Film Photocatalyst and Its Photocatalytic Activity Chem. lett., 841. (1995)
  • 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)
  • A. Fujishima and T. N. Rao, Interfacial Photochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications, Pure & Appl. Chem., 70 (11), 2177 (1988)
  • A. Fujishima, K. Hashimoto, T. Watanabe, TiO2 Photocatalysis: Fundamentals and Applications, BKC, Inc., Tokyo (1999)
  • A. Fujishima, T.N. Rao and D.A. Tryk, Titanium Dixide Photocatalysis, J. Photochem. Photobiol. C: Photochem. Reviews, 1, 1 (2000)
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