The pioneer who discovered the catalytic activity of gold. Since gold is chemically inert,it was assumed to be poorly active as a catalyst. However, Professor Haruta showed that oxidation of CO takes place at low temperatures when gold nanoparticles were deposited on base metal oxides. This discovery has led to vigorous research into the catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles.
1970 BS from Department of Industrial Chemistry, Nagoya Institute of Technology
1975 doc.Engng. from Department of Industrial Chemistry, Graduate School of Kyoto University.
1976 Research scientist,Osaka National Research Institute(ONRI)
1981-1982 Visiting Scientist at Universite Catholique de Louvain(Belgium)
1990 Head of Catalysis Section,ONRI
1994 Principal Researcher, Director of Interdisciplinary Basic Research Center,ONRI
1994 Guest Professor,Technical University of Vienna
1999-2001 Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science,Graduate School of Osaka University
1999 Director of Department of Energy and Environment,ONRI
2001 Director of Research Institute for Green Technology,Nat.Inst.Advanced Industrial Sci.&Technol.
2005-present Professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University
Awards and honors
1992 44th Chemical Technology Award, the Kinki Chemical Society,Japan
1997 15th Osaka Science Prize,Osaka pref., Osaka city, and Osaka Sci.Tech.Center
1997 24th Minister Award for Distinguished Research Achievement,Science and Technology Agency
2002 Catalysis Society of Japan Award of Heisei 13 Fiscal Year(Science)
2002 Henry J. Albert Award, International Precious Metals Institute
2009 Foreign member, Academia Europaea
2010 Chemical Society of Japan Award
2011 Spires Memorial Award, Royal Society of Chemistry,UK
2012 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate: of Nobel class