Atsuo Yamada has been a professor at the University of Tokyo since 2009, directing multidisciplinary research on materials for energy storage and conversion. After 13 years of service as a staff scientist and laboratory head of Sony Research Center from 1990, he was appointed as an associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002, then a full professor of the University of Tokyo in 2009.
During this period, he received his PhD from the University of Tsukuba in 1996 and immediately joined the John. B. Goodenough’s lab. He was at the University of Texas at Austin as a visiting scholar for one year. In the spring of 2005, he was called for sabbatical stay from University of Bordeaux as an invited professor to enhance research communication with Dr. Claude Delmas in ICMCB/CNRS. He is now leading the Japanese national research project called “Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries” as well as “Specially Promoted Research” in JSPS.
He has served the international academic community in numerous ways, including a member of a US DOE panel to chart new directions for electrochemical energy storage, co-organizer of several international conferences such as ICMAT, MRS, ECS, and Pacifichem, as well as an associate editor of several international journals. He has published 100 patents, 20 chapters, and well over 150 refereed journal papers with total citation exceeding 11,000, delivering 110 plenary/keynote/invited presentations.
Dr. Yamada received the Spriggs Award from The American Ceramic Society in 2010, Paper award of the electrochemical society of Japan in 2015, Scientific Achievement Award of the Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2016, and IBA (International Battery Materials Association) Research Award in 2016.