Professor Emeritus Masatake Haruta named Thomson Reuters “Nobel-class” Citation Laureate (Thomson Reuters Predicts 2012 Nobel Laureates)

 Professor Emeritus Masatake Haruta
Professor Emeritus
Masatake Haruta

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.