Hiroshi Funakubo is a professor in the School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is concurrently a professor of the Materials Research Center for Element Strategy at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Funakubo received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in 1986 and 1988 from the Department of Inorganic Materials of Tokyo Institute of Technology where he studied chemical vapor deposition processes of transition metal nitrides. He received a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1994 after defending his dissertation on chemical vapor deposition processes of functional nitride and oxide films. His academic career began in 1989 as an assistant professor in the School of Engineering of Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1997, he became an associate professor of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Technology, Department of Innovative and Engineering Materials at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and was promoted to a full professor in 2012. From 2003 to 2007, he was also a researcher of the Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) of the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), where he studied thin films of layered dielectric oxides for integrated high-density capacitors. He was a member of both the 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) program and Global COE program of Tokyo Institute of Technology.
His research focuses on the fabrication and properties of dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric films. He has developed various film preparation processes, including chemical vapor deposition, sputtering processes, and hydrothermal processes for oxide, nitride, and silicide films. Additionally, he has investigated film solid oxide fuel cells and thermoelectric materials development.
He has authored (or co-authored) more than 500 original papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals (with over 7,400 citations), and currently holds an h-index of 39. He has given more than 55 invited presentations at international conferences. He received the Richard M. Fulrath Award of the American Ceramic Society in 2008, and is currently a fellow of the Japan Ceramic Society.
Funakubo has been an active contributor of MRS since starting his research group in 1999. His group has given over 90 coauthored presentations at MRS meetings. Additionally, his group has published 40 papers in the MRS online library archive as well as 4 papers in the Journal of Materials Science. In the fall 2003 meeting, he organized the symposium of Ferroelectric Thin Films. He has been an invited speaker in MRS, IU-MRS, MRS Japan (MRS-J), and Euro-MRS. Currently, he is a MRS bulletin volume organizer for 2018. Beside MRS, he has contributed to several international conferences on functional oxides. Moreover, he is also an active researcher of the American Ceramics Society and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
The Materials Research Society (MRS) is a fantastic society that bridges a wide variety of areas, including physics, chemistry and biology. For over 15 years, my group has attended Fall Meetings. In addition to finding encouragement through the high-quality presentations and discussions with researchers from around the globe, we have developed a fruitful international network with outstanding researchers.
It is highly important for MRS to maintain its position as a world leading society in the materials research field. MRS research greatly impacts the world. It helps improve the quality of life and ensures sustainability through fundamental research, applications and teaching. MRS must continue to solve critical problems facing society.
Building on its strong foundation, MRS must provide key elements for novel technologies to respond to global needs as well as build the international materials community. This will be achieved through a three-pronged approach involving society meetings, publications and educational activities. MRS must continue to embrace inclusivity, expand its worldwide network and accelerate collaborations with other international materials societies. Most importantly, MRS’s textbook series (and other media) for students must be expanded to improve education of the next generation of researchers.
I am honored to be a candidate for the MRS Board of Directors. I am excited to help explore future international links for MRS.