Prof. Atsushi Fukuoka
"Heterogeneous catalysis for valorization of cellulose and chitin"
Atsushi Fukuoka is a Professor at the Institute for Catalysis (ICAT) in Hokkaido University.
He studied homogeneous catalysis under the guidance of Prof. Masanobu Hidai at the University of Tokyo and received a PhD in 1989.
Then he joined Catalysis Research Center (CRC) and started the research on heterogeneous catalysis with Prof. Masaru Ichikawa.
In 1991 he moved to Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology but returned to Hokkaido in 1997.
In 2010-2014 he served as Director of CRC and led the reorganization of CRC to ICAT. Now he is an Advisor to the President of Hokkaido University.
In 2015 he received a Society Award from the Catalysis Society of Japan and GSC Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.
He served as President of the Catalysis Society of Japan in 2018-2019 and has been an executive council member, Officer, of the International Association of Catalysis Societies since 2016.
His current research interests include catalytic biomass conversion and freshness-preserving catalysts.