Sômiya Award 2009

The 2009 Sômiya Award for International Collaboration in Materials Research has been awarded to a research team comprised of seven members from four countries: U.S., Brazil, Japan and Mexico. The team members are Professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus of MIT, U.S., Professor Ado Jorio of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, Dr. Mauricio Terrones of Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Technologica, Mexico, Professor Riichio Saito of Tohoku University, Japan, Professor Morinobu Endo of Shinshu University, Japan, Professor Marcos Pimenta of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and Professor Antonio G. Souza Filho of Universidade Federal do Ceara, Brazil.

Their award winning work is on “ Carbon nanostructure materials”.   Presentation


Mildred S. Dresselhaus

Mildred S. Dresselhaus is an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. Her research over the years has covered a wide range of topics in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. She is best known for her work on carbon science and carbon nanostructures, as well as nanoscience and nanotechnology more generally. Much of this work was done in collaboraqtion with co-authors worldwide. She is also one of the researchers responsible for the resurgence of the Thermoelectrics research field through her early work on low dimensional thermoelectricity in the early 1990's. She co-chaired a DOE Study on "Basic Research Needs for the Hydrogen Economy in 2003 and more recently co-chaired of a National Academy Decadal Study of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. She served as Director of the DOE Office of Science toward the end of the Clinton Administration and as the Chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics 2003--2008. Professor Dresselhaus is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and has served as President of the American Physical Society, Treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences, and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the IEEE, the Materials Research Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Carbon Society.Dr. Dresselhaus has received numerous awards, including the US National Medal of Science and 25 honorary doctorates worldwide. Her recent awards include the L'Oreal-UNESCO 2007 North American Laureate for Women in Science, the 2008 Oersted Medal for Physics Education from the American Association for Physics Teachers, the 2008 Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics from the American Physical Society, and the 2009 Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board.


Ado Jorio

Ado Jorio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He received his Ph.D. at the same University, in 1999, working with phase transitions in incommensurate systems, advised by Prof. M. A. Pimenta. After a two years post-doctoral work with Prof. M. S. Dresselhaus at MIT, he dedicated his research to the optical properties of nanomaterials, with focus on Raman spectroscopy and the optics of sp 2 nanocarbons, having co-edited the book " Carbon Nanotubes: Advanced Topics in the Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications ". An affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences , Ado Jorio was the Coordinator of Strategic Studies and Information at Inmetro, the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, where he helped developing nano-metrology and the Inmetro/NIST reference material for bio-fuels, acting nowadays as a consulting in these areas. Author of more than 100 scientific papers, he received the Brazil Scopus Award in 2009. Ado Jorio teaches general physics for undergraduate students and solid state physics, Raman spectroscopy and group theory for graduate students at the University, being one of the authors of the book "Group Theory: Application to the Physics of Condensed Matter.


Mauricio Terrones

Mauricio Terrones, born in Mexico City in 1968, obtained his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics with first class honours at Universidad Iberoamericana, and was distinguished as the Best Student of Mexico in Engineering Physics in 1992. In 1994 he started his doctorate degree with Sir Prof. Harold W. Kroto (Nobel Laureate, FRS) and received his D.Phil. degree from University of Sussex in 1998. He has co-authored more than 240 publications in international journals, and counts with more than 8000 citations to his work. He has published with his collaborators receiving the Somiya Award in Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, Nature Materials, Small, ACS Nano, etc. He has received several awards including: the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1999), Mexican National Prize for Chemistry (2000), Javed Husain Prize and the Albert Einstein medal from UNESCO (2001), TWAS Prize in Engineering Physics (2005), “José Antonio Villaseñor y Sánchez” Prize (2005), Fernando Alba medal in experimental physics from UNAM (2007), Scopus-Elsevier prize (2007), the Carbon Prize for innovative research (2008), among others. He is currently full Professor at the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT-Mexico), and is leader of the National Laboratory for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research (LINAN) in Mexico.


Riichiro Saito

Riichiro Saito was born in 1958, and received his Ph. D. at The University of Tokyo in 1985. He became Research Associate at The University of Tokyo (1985), Associate Professor at The University of Electro-Communications (1990), and Professor at Department of Physics, Tohoku University (2003). He has been a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991-2) at Prof. Gene Dresselhaus and Prof. Mildred S. Dresselhaus and Visiting Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo (1990-1, 1993-4, 1997-8). His main field of research is "Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes”. The same title of book was published from Imperial College Press (1998) with Prof. Gene Dresselhaus and Prof. Mildred S. Dresselhaus. He got 13 th Japan IBM prize (Physics, 1999), Hsun Lee research Award (2006), The Japan Carbon Award for Innovation Research (2008). He has published 203 original papers with total citation is 10,969 (average citation per article = 55, h-index = 47). Website: http://flex.phys.tohoku.ac.jp/


Morinobu Endo

Morinobu Endo, born in Nagano in 1946, studied electrical engineering at Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan, and obtained a Dr. Eng., from Nagoya University in 1978. It is in his PhD work in France (Univ. at Orleans) and in Japan that he had developed the synthesis method of carbon nanotubes by the catalytic chemical vapor deposition using iron nanoparticles, and showed that it was a tubular structure for the first time of growth. In 1990, he became a professor of Shinshu University. He is a Director of Institute of Carbon Science & Technology, Shinshu University. He has co-authored more than 320 publications in international journals. He has published with his collaborators receiving the Somiya Award in Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, Small, Advanced Materials, etc. He has received several awards including: Carbon Society of Japan award from the Carbon Society of Japan (Japan, 1995), Charles E. Pettinos Award from American Carbon Society (USA, 2001), Shinmai Award from Shinmai Bunka Foundation (Japan, 2003), Ishikawa Award from Ishikawa Carbon Science Technology Promotion Foundation (Japan, 2003), American Carbon Society Medal for Achievement in Carbon Science (shared, USA, 2004), Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (China, 2004), The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize for contribution to Intellectual Cluster (Japan, 2005), 2006 Small Times™magazine Best of Small Tech Lifetime Achievement Award (USA, 2006), 2007 Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category), the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan, 2007), 2007 Certificate of Commendation by the Governor of Nagano Prefecture (Japan, 2007), Medal with Purple Ribbon (Japan, 2008), and Chunichi Culture Award from Chunichi Newspaper (Japan, 2008). His current interests are science and applications of nanocarbons such as carbon nanotubes, and the development of high-performance energy storage devices such as Lithium ion battery, electric double layer capacitor, and fuel cell for “Nanocarbon’s Green and Safe Innovation”.


Marcos A. Pimenta

Marcos A. Pimenta was born on April 11, 1958, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He received his master degree in physics from the UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, working with incommensurate phase transitions using EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance), advised by Profs. R. Gazzinelli and A. S. Chaves. In 1985, he went to Orléans, France, and in 1987 he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Orléans. In his PhD thesis, he worked with incommensurate and superionic phase transitions, using infrared reflectivity and Brillouin scattering, and his PhD advisor was Prof. F. Gervais. He became associate professor at the Department of Physics of UFMG in 1989 and a full professor in 2002. In 1992, he implemented the micro-Raman spectroscopy laboratory at the Department of Physics of UFMG. In 1997-1998, he spent one sabbatical year in the group of Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus at MIT, studying Raman spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes. His research in the last years covered optical properties of nanomaterials and, in particular, Raman spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes and graphenes. He was awarded in 2008 with the Scopus-CAPES prize for the visibility of his scientific works. He was co-director of the Millenium Institute of Nanosciences, of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Brazil) from 2002 to 2005, and he is now leading the Brazilian Network on Carbon Nanotube Research and the National Institute for Science and Technology of Carbon Nanomaterials. He is also a musician and guitar player and recorded a CD in 1997 with his own compositions.


Antonio G. Souza Filho

Antonio G. Souza Filho was born on June 12, 1975, in Jucás, Brazil and received his doctorate degree in physics from the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2001. In 2000, he joined the Dresselhaus´s group at MIT as a Ph.D. visiting student, where he worked on single carbon nanotube resonance Raman spectroscopy. His Thesis work was advised by Profs. M. S. Dresselhaus and J. Mendes Filho and was awarded (Honorable Mention) in Brazil as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Brazilian Physical Society. He has co-authored 121 papers in referred international journals including 6 review articles and 4 book chapters which attracted up to now 3250 citations. He is currently an adjunct professor of physics at the Federal University of Ceará working with Raman scattering on different nanomaterials with emphasis in functionalized carbon nanotubes.

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