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Past Leo Esaki Prize winners

*Affiliation titles at the time of award

2004/1st

"Pioneering Studies on Semiconductor Nanoelectronics Devices Including Seminal Research Contributions to Advanced Devices Based on Quantum Wire and Quantum Dot Structures"

Dr. Hiroyuki Sakaki, Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo
Dr. Yasuhiko Arakawa, Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo

2005/2nd

"Cell Sheet Engineering Produced by Molecular Design of the Nano-Biointerface"

Dr. Teruo Okano, Director/Professor, Institute of Advanced BioMedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women's Medical University

2006/3rd

"Theoretical Study of Electronic Properties of Quantum Nanostructures"

Dr. Tsuneya Ando, Professor, Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology

2007/4th

"Development of Artificial Atoms and Molecules and Challenging Work for Quantum Computing"

Dr. Seigo Tarucha, Professor, Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering/Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo

2008/5th

"Pioneering study on surface as nano-materials' phases"

Dr. KunioTakayanagi, Professor, Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology

2009/6th

"World-Foremost Study on Photonic Crystals controlled in Nanometer-Scale"

Dr. Susumu Noda, Professor, Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

2010/7th

"Pioneering the use of self-assembly to engineer the nanoscopic structure of matter"

Dr. Makoto Fujita, Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering the University of Tokyo

2011/8th

"Near-field Nano-optics and Plasmonics"

Dr. Satoshi Kawata, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Chief Scientist, Nanophotonics Laboratory, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute

2012/9th

"Supermolecular Nanostructures as Drug and Gene Carriers for Targeting Therapy of Instractable Diseases"

Dr. Kazunori Kataoka, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, the University of Tokyo

2013/10th

"Pioneering and Developing Studies on Novel Porous Materials"

Dr. Susumu Kitagawa, Director/Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University

2014/11th

"Pioneering of the superconducting quantum bit system"

Dr. Jaw-Shen Tsai, Team Leader, Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN
Dr. Yasunobu Nakamura, Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo
Team Leader, Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN

2015/12th

"Mesoscale Structural Control of Organic Materials and New Functions"

Dr. Takuzo Aida, Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Deputy Director, Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN