Prizes & Awards

Prof. Shin-ichi Ohkoshi (Department of Chemistry) awarded the IBM Japan Science Prize

  • Kaoru Yamanouchi (Professor, Department of Chemistry)
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Prof. Shin-ichi Ohkoshi

Prof. Shin-ichi Ohkoshi was awarded the 23rd IBM Japan Science Prize on Nov. 27, 2009, for his study on “Creation of New Magnetic Materials Based on Magnetochemistry.” As Prof. Ohkoshi also received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize and the Japan Academy Medal on March 3, 2008 for “Design and Demonstration of New Magnetic Properties Based on Magnetochemistry,” this marks his feat of being successively awarded Japan's top two awards for young researchers (under the age of 45) who have made outstanding achievements.

Prof. Ohkoshi has innovated the concept of molecular design, creating various magnetic compounds with completely new magnetic functions and unraveling their physical properties from the standpoint of material science. He was, for instance, the first to synthesize a magnetic material which changes its polar direction twice with changing temperature and an opto-magnetic material in which ferromagnetic and paramagnetic states are reversibly switched by light. He has also succeeded in synthesizing an iron oxide nano magnetic material that features a high coercive force while absorbing high-frequency waves in the millimeter region. This material has garnered a lot of attention from industry for its prospective applications in high-density magnetic recording and wireless communication.

These accomplishments are testament to Prof. Ohkoshi's tireless efforts in exploring global frontiers, and they are also highly recognized internationally. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Prof. Ohkoshi on his new award and wish him continued success in all of his endeavors.