Volume 93 Issue 23 | p. 30 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: June 8, 2015

C&EN Talks With Photocatalysis Pioneer Akira Fujishima

Japanese researcher shares his adventures with titanium dioxide
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: photocatalysis, titanium dioxide, water splitting, Japan, self-cleaning surface

Akira Fujishima wears many professional hats, but their functions are the same, he says. His roles as president of Tokyo University of Science, director of the university’s Photocatalysis International Research Center, and popularizer of science, he contends, are all about acquiring and communicating scientific knowledge and using it to solve practical problems. When I visited him in March, Fujishima had just returned from meeting with a company interested in commercializing . . .

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