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     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. He is also Deputy Director of Research Center for Water Environment Technology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He has been a professor of Research Initiative for Supra-Materials, Shinshu University (2020-present) (cross appointment). He has been appointed as a visiting professor of Okayama University (2023-present).

     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 was the President of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) (2018-2020). He was a former President of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (JLCS) (2016-2018). He chaired the International Liquid Crystal Conference, Kyoto (2018). He is an outside director of Toagosei Co. Ltd. (2023-present).

     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, 2019, 2023), The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2016), SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology (2021), the Medal with Purple Ribbon (2021). He is a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2014-present).

     He has published about 500 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), "ACS Applied Polymer Materials" (2023-present), "Molecular Systems Design & Engineering" (2017-present), "New Journal of Chemistry" (2012-present) and "The Chemical Records" (2004-present). He was advisory board of "Journal of Materials Chemistry C" (2008-2020) and "ChemPlusChem" (2012-2020). 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 co-editor of "Handbook of Liquid Crystals, 2nd Edition"(Wiley-VCH) (2014) and "Molecular Technology"(Wiley-VCH) (2018). 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 gave many plenary and invited lectures: selected PLENALY LECTURES at Pacific Polymer Conference (PPC17) (Brisbane, 2022), IUPAC-MACRO2020+ (Jeju, 2021), Polymer Congress of Chinese Chemical Society (Xi'an, 2019), 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 (Jeju, 2017), International Liquid Cystal Conference (ILCC) (Dublin, 2014). He also presented 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), Oppolzer Lecture, University of Geneva (2004).