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Award & Press Release

  • 2019.07.16

Professor Masaaki Fujii Honored with Humboldt Research Award

The German government's internationally acclaimed Humboldt Research Award is presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to renowned overseas researchers who have had and are expected to continue to have a lasting impact in their field. The award is not restricted to any particular academic discipline and allows the recipient to conduct research in Germany on a research topic chosen by the researcher and a collaborating partner at a host institution. Each year, up to 100 researchers receive the Humboldt Research Award, which is viewed as one of the most prestigious academic awards in Germany.


Award20190627fi01.jpgPhoto in Awards Ceremony of Humboldt Research Prize. Masaaki Fuji (Left) and Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Pape, President of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Right), 27th June, 2019 at Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.


Humboldt Research Award

Award20190627fi00.jpgCertification of Humboldt Research Awards


Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation

Award Date

Thursday , June 27th 2019

Award winners

Professor Masaaki Fujii

Comment from Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation

Prof. Fujii is well-known for his pioneering studies on molecular recognition phenomena and reaction dynamics in molecular clusters. He developed laser spectroscopic techniques to probe solvation dynamics in isolated molecular clusters in real time, with the aim to understand solvent effects in chemical reaction mechanisms at the molecular level. In Germany he will extend his previous studies to effects of solvent-solvent interactions on the properties of solvation dynamics and to biomolecular recognition.

Professor Fujii is hosted by Professor Dopfer at the TU Berlin.

Comment from Professor Masaaki Fujii

It is great pleasure for me to be awarded Humboldt Research Prize at the 250th anniversary of Professor Alexander von Humboldt. I deeply thank Prof. Dr. Otto Dopfer (TU Berlin and WRHI TokyoTech) who recommended me to avH, my hard-working collaborators, Profs Shun-ichi Ishiychi, Mitsuhiko Miyazaki, Makoto Sakai (Okayama Science U), all the postdocs and graduate students. Such achievements are possible under the superior policy and research circumstance for scientific research in our university, which are prepared by Chemical Resources Laboratory / Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, School of Biotechnology, directed by President Kazuya Masu (the foundation director of IIR), CLS Director Prof Toru Hisabori, Head of School of Biotechnology Prof MIhara, and all related professors. Here, I would like to express my deep application to all the people. Finally, I am grateful to my wife Kyoko (d. 2010) for her kind support and to my children for their encouragements.

Award20190627fi02.jpgPhoto at the Reception of the ceremony, with Prof. Dr. Otto Dopfer (TU Berlin and Specially appointed professor of WRHI Tokyo Tech) who recommended MF to the foundation.

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