Yoshinori Tokura, Director of the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), has been elected a member of the Japan Academy for his outstanding academic achievements.
Tokura developed guiding principles for the design of a new class of materials called 'strongly correlated electron systems,' which can give rise to ultrafast responses to external stimuli by efficiently controlling the electrons in solids. In granting the membership, the academy noted that by doing this, he helped bring new concepts into, and led, the field of solid state physics. He also made many original achievements regarding the development of correlated electron materials and novel electronic functions, and helped develop the quantum science of solid state physics.
“I am very honored to have been selected as a member of the Japan Academy. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the students, collaborators, colleagues, and professors who have supported me in my research. I would also like to continue to do my best for the development of condensed matter physics,” Tokura says.