Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences Director and Graduate School of Engineering Professor Susumu Kitagawa was awarded the 10th Leo Esaki Award for his pioneering work on porous materials.
The Technology Promotion Foundation of Ibaraki Prefecture bestows this award onto individuals for their outstanding efforts and achievements in nanotechnology or nanoscience.
In a formal statement released by Kitagawa:
"It is a great honor to be recognized for our work on the design and fabrication of novel, nanosized porous materials, which are composed of organic molecules and metal ions. This award would not have been made possible without the invaluable support of my mentors, research collaborators, and talented and hardworking students, to all of whom I express my deepest gratitude.
This century marks a new gas era, exemplified by shale gas. In particular, small gas molecules are crucial in various fields such as energy, the environment, living organisms, and raw materials. I believe that porous materials will play crucial roles in the separation, storage, and conversion of these gases."
The commemorative ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Tsukuba International Center on November 26, 2013.