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Prof. Takuzo Aida
University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Takuzo Aida was born in 1956. He received his B.S. degree in Physical Chemistry from Yokohama National University in 1979 and Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1984. He then began his academic career at the University of Tokyo and developed precision polymer synthesis with metalloporphyrin complexes. In 1996, he was promoted to Full Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. His research interests include (1) electronic and optoelectronic soft materials, (2) bioinspired dendritic macromolecules, (3) molecular and biomolecular machines, and (4) biorelated molecular recognition and catalysis. He is now the project director for the ERATO-SORST program, and also serving as the director for Riken Advanced Science Institute. He has received many awards including, as recent examples, American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry and Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2009.