國武 豊喜(Toyoki KUNITAKE)

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

Specialized Fields :
Molecular Organization Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry

Establishment of the Conception of Molecular Organization Chemistry


Since I started my academic life at Kyushu University, I have been involved in fundamental research and education in the fields of polymer chemistry and molecular organization at School of Engineering. Then, I moved to the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research to lead a frontier research group, while acting as vice president of University of Kitakyushu. More recently, I was engaged in promotion of industry-university collaboration in the Kitakyushu area.

We entered in the age of knowledge-based society, and acquisition of broad knowledge is indispensable for nurturing of creativity, as the driving force of society. The role of higher education, especially that of universities, is essential for promotion of knowledge and training of creative people. I would be very happy if my experience is of any help for such purposes.

Academic Background

March 1958

Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, Kyushu University

March 1960

Master’s Program in Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University

August 1962

Doctoral Program in Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania

Occupation Background

September 1962

Postdoctoral Researcher of California Institute of Technology

October 1963

Associate Professor of the School of Engineering Kyushu University

April 1974

Professor of the School of Engineering Kyushu University

April 1992 – March 1994

Dean of School of Engineering, Kyushu University

April 1999

Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University
Professor of University of Kitakyushu

April 2001 – March 2008

Vice President of University of Kitakyushu

September 2007 – present

Chief Director of NanoMembrane Technologies, Inc.

April 2009 – June 2016

President of Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology

December 2015

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

Academic Awards・Awards


Japan Academy Prize


Person of Cultural Merit


The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star


Order of Culture


Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

Publication List

  • Watanabe, H., Vendamme, R. & Kunitake, T. Development of Fabrication of Giant Nanomembranes. Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn 80, 433-440 (2007).
  • Ariga, K. & Kunitake, T. Molecular Recognition at Air-Water and Related Interfaces: Complementary Hydrogen Bonding and Multi-Site Interaction. Acc. Chem. Res. 31, 371-378 (1998).
  • Ichinose, I., Senzu, H. & Kunitake, T. A Surface Sol-Gel Process of TiO2 and Other Metal Oxide Films with Molecular Precision. Chem. Mater. 9, 1296-1298 (1997).
  • Lvov, Y., Ariga, K., Ichinose, I. & Kunitake, T. Assembly of Multicomponent Protein Films by Means of Electrostatic Layer-by-Layer Adsorption. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 117, 6117-6123 (1995).
  • Kunitake, T. Synthetic Bilayer Membranes, Molecular Design and Self Organization. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 31, 709-726 (1992).
  • Kunitake, T. & Okahata, Y. A Totally Synthetic Bilayer Membrane. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 99, 3860 (1977).