Takashi Kato is a professor at Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo since 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Tokyo in 1988 under supervision of Professor Toshiyuki Uryu. After his postdoctoral research at Cornell University with Professor Jean M. J. Frechet on supramolecular liquid crystals and polymers (1988-1989), he joined the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on self-assembled functional materials including supramolecular liquid crystals, stimuli- and environment-responsive self-organized materials, nanostructured ion- and electron-active materials, liquid-crystalline physical gels, functional polymers, and biomineralization-inspired organic/inorganic hybrids. He is the recipient of The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (1993), The Sakurada Memorial Award of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology Japan (1993), The Paper Award of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2000), The Wiley Polymer Science Award (Chemistry) 2001, the 17th IBM Japan Science Award (Chemistry) (2003), the 1st JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Prize (2005), the Award of Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2008), Molecular Science Forum Lecture Professorship of Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (2009), and The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2010). He has published about 340 papers including original papers, reviews, and chapters of books. He is an associate editor of "Polymer Journal" (2002-present), the senior associate editor of "Chemistry Letters" (2010-present), advisory boards of "Journal of Materials Chemistry" (2008-present) and "Advanced Materials" (2004-present), advisory editorial board of "Chemical Science" (2010-present), editorial board of "The Chemical Records" (2004-present). He was a section editor of "Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan" (2004-2008), editorial board of "Liquid Crystals" (2000-2005), a section editor (Liquid crystals) of "Current Opinion of Solid State and Material Science" (2002), and a guest editor of "Transactions of Material Research Society of Japan".
Professor Takashi Kato has been appointed as the research supervisor of PRESTO (Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology: Sakigake) research "Molecular Technology and Creation of New Functions" (2012-2018) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). PRESTO is a proposal-oriented research promotion program which aims at cultivating the seeds of precursory science and technology by promoting basic researches.