Takashi Kato is a professor at Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo since 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Tokyo in 1988 under supervision of Professor Toshiyuki Uryu. After his postdoctoral research at Cornell University, Department of Chemistry with Professor Jean M. J. Frechet on supramolecular liquid crystals and polymers (1988-1989), he joined the University of Tokyo.
His research focuses on design, synthesis and functionalization of self-assembled materials including supramolecular soft materials such as liquid crystals, stimuli- and environment-responsive self-organized materials, nanostructured ion- and electron-, and photo- active materials, liquid-crystalline physical gels, functional polymers, and biomineralization-inspired organic/inorganic hybrids.
He is currently the President of Polymer Science, Japan. He was a former President of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society.
He is the Project Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research "Aquatic Functional Materials" on Innovative Areas of MEXT (2019FY-2023FY). He was appointed as Research Supervisor of PRESTO research "Molecular Technology" of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2012-2016). He was the Project Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research "Fusion Materials" on Innovative Areas of MEXT (2010FY-2014FY).
He is the recipient of The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (1993), The Sakurada Memorial Award of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology Japan (1993), The Paper Award of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2000), The Wiley Polymer Science Award (Chemistry) 2001, the 17th IBM Japan Science Award (Chemistry) (2003), the 1st JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Prize (2005), the Award of Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2008), Molecular Science Forum Lecture Professorship of Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (2009), and The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2010), The Fast Breaking Paper of Thomson Reuters (2012), The Paper Award of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2012), The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2016). He is a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2014-present), The Paper Award of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2019).
He has published about 460 papers including original papers, reviews, and chapters of books.
He is executive board of "Advanced Science" (2014-present), advisory board of "Advanced Materials" (2004-present), "Chemical Science" (2010-present), "Small" (2012-present), "Journal of Materials Chemistry C" (2008-present) and "The Chemical Records" (2004-present), "ChemPlusChem" (2012-present), "New Journal of Chemistry" (2012-present). He was the editor in chief of "Polymer Journal" (2012-2018) and the senior associate editor of "Chemistry Letters" (2010-2012), honorary advisory board of "Polymer Journal" (2018-present).
He was a co-editor of "Handbook of Liquid Crystals, 2nd Edition" (2014). He was a section editor of "Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan" (2004-2008), editorial board of "Liquid Crystals" (2000-2005), a section editor of Liquid crystal part of "Current Opinion of Solid State and Material Science" (2002), and guest editors of "Israel Journal of Chemistry", and "Transactions of Material Research Society of Japan".
He recently gave many plenary and invited lectures: PLENALY LECTURES at International Symposium of Novel Aromatic Compounds (ISNA) (New York, 2017), Swiss Chemical Society Meeting (Neuchatel, 2018), Korean Polymer Society Meeting (Busan, 2019), Polymer Congress, FAPS 2017 (Taipei, 2017), Polymer Congress of Chinese Chemical Society (Xi'an, 2019). He also present special lectures: Xing Da Lecture, Peking University (2019), Zhou Huijiu Forum Lecture, Xi'an Jiao Tong University (2019), Nanqiang Lecture, Xiamen University (2018), Xuetang Lecture, Tsinghua University (2018).