Masatake Haruta, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Applied Chemistry Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences (field of specialization: gold nanoparticles, catalytic chemistry), has been named a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in the annual pre-Nobel “Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates” event.
Professor Haruta was selected for his independent foundational discoveries of catalysis by gold.
To select Citation Laureates, analysts from New York-based Thomson Reuters identify influential researchers based on citations of their published papers over the last two decades. The laureates rank among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in terms of citation impact, in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Economics.
Comment from Professor Emeritus Masatake Haruta
Thirty years ago, in 1982, I stumbled upon the discovery that gold can function as a catalyst. Since then I have been pushing forward with research on this topic, and enjoying the process thanks to the wonderful collaborative and cooperative researchers and research facilities I’ve been blessed with. Henceforth I plan to turn my attention to clusters, which are units smaller than nanoparticles, and exploring new and uncharted territory in the catalysis of gold.