Michi Nakata Prizes for Early Career Achievement
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
For her outstanding achievement in stimuli-responsive liquid crystals and liquid crystal coating systems in a wide range of applications covering from soft robotics and advanced optics to healthcare systems. The diversity of her research will make her hold the leadership in the field.
University of Pennsylvania, USA
For his impressive evolution of research on topological and geometric applications in soft matter physics from the pattern formation in smectic liquid crystals, demonstrating how nature uses simple geometric principles for achieving complex functionality. His unusual broad view on the soft matter physics including liquid crystal physics, based on strong mathematical and geometrical skills, will make him grow as a prominent scientist.
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Received the 2016 Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career Achievement for his impressive evolution of research career in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials with intricate nanometer scale structural motifs and properties, resulting in a solid record of influential publications in the field. The ever growing diversity of research coverage heralds his broad range of success and leadership in the field.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Received the 2014 Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career Achievement for his innovative and pioneering contributions to high-performance liquid crystal electro-optic devices using ferroelectric liquid crystals and the nanotechnology of photoalignment. The prolific research activity in his early stage is believed to promise his future career.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea
Received the 2012 Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career Achievement in recognition of outstanding work accomplished while a postdoctoral associate, on the study of topographic confinement and orientation of liquid crystals.
University of Hyderabad, India
Received the 2010 Michi Nakata Prize for Early Career Achievement in recognition of outstanding work accomplished while a postdoctoral associate, on the discovery of the discontinuous anchoring transition of a nematic liquid crystal on amorphous perfluoropolymer surfaces, and the development of this discovery from both the fundamental and applications perspectives