Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Kenichi Honda

2004 Japan Prize Laureate

Chemical Technology for the Environment
Pioneering work on photochemical catalysis and its application for the environment
Commemorative Lecture
Developing from Photoelectrochemistry to Photocatalytic Reactions
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: August 23 1925
Academic Degrees:
1949 B.A. (Engineering), The University of Tokyo
1957 Ph. D. (Science), University of Paris
1961 Ph. D. (Engineering), The University of Tokyo
Professional Career:
1957-65 NHK, Technical Research Laboratories
1965-66 Lecturer, The University of Tokyo
1966-75 Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
1975-86 Professor, The University of Tokyo
1986 Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
1983-89 Professor, Kyoto University
1989 Professor, Junior College of Tokyo Polytechnic University
1991 Trustee, Tokyo Polytechnic University
1994 Professor, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University
1996-2004 President, Tokyo Polytechnic University
Title: Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Major Publications:
  1. S. Kikuchi, T. Yura, and K. Honda
    Study of Photovoltaic Effect with a Platinum Electrode,
    Seisan Kenkyu, 18, 165 (1966) (in Japanese)
  2. T. Tani, and K. Honda
    Electrode Reactions of the Excited State,
    Electrochmistry, 36, 700 (1968) (in Japanese)
  3. K. Honda
    J. Chem.Soc.Japan (Kogyo Kogaku), 72, 63 (1969) (in Japanese)
  4. A. Fujishima, S. Kikuchi, and K. Honda
    Photosensitized Electrolytic Oxidation on TiO2 Semiconductor Electrode
    J. Chem. Soc. Japan (Kogyo Kagaku), 72, 108 (1969) (in Japanese)
  5. A. Fujishima and K. Honda
    Electrochemical Photolysis of Water at a Semiconductor Electrode
    Nature, 238, (5358), 37 (1972)
  6. T. Inoue, A. Fujishima, S. Konishi and K. Honda
    Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in Aqueous Suspensions of Semiconductor Powders
    Nature, 277 (No. 5698), 637 (1979)
  7. T. Miyasaka, T. Watanabe, A. Fujishima, and K. Honda
    Highly Efficient Quantum Conversion at Chlorophyll-a lecithin Mixed Monolayer Coated Electrodes
    Nature, 277, (No.5698), 638 (1979)
  8. Y. Kubokawa, K. Honda, and Y. Saito
    Asakurashoten Pub. Co., Tokyo (1988) (in Japanese)
  9. "Functionality of Molecular Systems" vol. 2, edited by K. Honda, Springer (1999)
  10. D. A. Tryk, A. Fujishima and K. Honda
    Recent Topics in Photoelectrochmistry: Achievement and Future Prospects
    Elctrochimica Acts, 45, 2363-2376, (2000)
Major Awards:
  • Chevalier, l' Ordre des Palmes Academiques (1979)
  • The Chemical Society of Japan Award (1982)
  • Asahi Award, Asahi Shimbun (1983)
  • Fellow, Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, USA (1983)
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon (1989)
  • Japan Academy Prize (1992)
  • The Porter Medal Award, Belgium (1992)
  • The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (1995)
  • Person of Cultural Merit (1997)
Honorary Degrees:
  • The Japan Academy, Member
  • The Chemical Society of Japan, Honorary Member
  • The Japan Photochemistry Association, Honorary Member
  • The Society of Photographic Science and Technology of Japan, Honorary Member

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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