Spiers Memorial Award 2011 Winner

Professor Masatake Haruta
Professor Masatake Haruta
Tokyo Metropolitan University

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the chemistry of gold and the creation of the new field of catalysis by gold.

About the winner

Masatake Haruta obtained a B.S. degree from Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1970 and a Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University in 1976.

Then he began his independent career at Osaka National Research Institute (ONRI) being involved in a hydrogen energy research program. In 1981 he stayed for one year at Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium with professor Bernard Delmon and studied preparation of homodisperse metal sulfides.

In 1990, he was promoted to head of catalysis section and in 1999 to director of department of energy and the environment at ONRI.

In 2001, he was appointed the director of Research Institute for Green Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, at Tsukuba. In April of 2005, he moved to Tokyo Metropolitan University as full professor.  He was invited to the Technical University of Vienna as a guest professor in May of 1994 for three months.

He will serve as the president of Catalysis Society of Japan from March 2011.

Masatake Haruta's research has been focused on the novel catalysis by gold nanoparticles and clusters since  1982.
The awards Haruta received include 44th Chemical Technology Award from Kinki Chemical Society, 15th Osaka Science Prize (1997), Presidential Award for Distinguished Research Achievement from the Science and Technology Agency of Japan (1998), Science Award from Catalysis Society of Japan (2002), Henry J. Albert Award from International Precious Metals Institute (2002), Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (2009), the Chemical Society of Japan Award (2010).