Nobel Laureate in Physics and Highly Cited Researcher in both Chemistry and Materials Science selected as the first two Takuetsu Professors (Distinguished Professors of Research Excellence)

Two professors, Hiroshi Amano, Distinguished Professor at Nagoya University, and Yusuke Yamauchi, Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, are the first to be selected as Nagoya University Takuetsu Professors (Distinguished Professors of Research Excellence). This is a new title and position established by Nagoya University to build on its reputation as a world-class research institution. Takuetsu Professors are expected to contribute to academia with high levels of research in their field of expertise and to contribute to solving societal problems. They will receive salaries comparable to those of researchers at top universities and research institutes around the world.


Hiroshi Amano, Distinguished Professor, Nagoya University, Japan

Professor Amano was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for his work on the blue LED. He is the General Leader of the GaN Research Project and Director of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE) at the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) at Nagoya University. Professor Amano was instrumental in establishing the first state-of-the-art clean room, a joint use facility, dedicated to gallium nitride (GaN). After receiving his Nobel prize, Professor Amano has continued his research, including developing the world's shortest wavelength deep ultraviolet laser diode.


Yusuke Yamauchi, Professor, University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Yamauchi studies the design of novel nanocrystals and nonporous materials. His findings have important implications for batteries, fuel cells, and other devices. Professor Yamauchi has published more than 750 papers in international refereed journals with more than 35,000 citations. Since 2016, he has been selected as a Highly-Cited Researcher in Chemistry. Since 2020, he has also been selected as a Highly-Cited Researcher in Materials Science. In the first edition of, which ranks the best scientists in Materials Science, Professor Yamauchi was ranked number one in Australia. He will join the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya University in April 2023.


Professors Yamauchi and Amano receive their contracts from Nagoya University President Naoshi Sugiyama at the press conference announcing their appointment

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Professor Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University Faculty Profile)

Professor Yusuke Yamauchi