Dr. Takuzo Aida was born in 1956. He received a B. S. degree in Physical Chemistry from Yokohama National University in 1979, and then stufied under the direction of Professor Shohei Inoue at the University of Tokyo, obtaining a Ph. D. in Polymer Chemistry in 1984. He then began an academic career at the University of Tokyo, and had been involved until 1994 in the development of precision macromolecular synthesis using metalloporphyrin complexes. In 1996, he was promoted to Full Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechonology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. His research interests include (1) controlled macromolecular synthesis with mesoporous inorganic materials , (2) photo and supramolecular chemistry of dendritic macromolecules, (3) mesoscopic materials science, and (4) biorelated molecular recognitions and catalyses.
In 1996, he was appointed as a researcher of JST PRESTO project “Fields and Reactions”. In 2000, he then held an appointment as the leader of ERATO Project on “NANOSPACE”, followed by ERATO-SORST Project in 2006. In 2008, he was also appointed as director for RIKEN Institute. Since 2013, he has been serving as the deputy director for Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS).