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, Department of Chemistry with Professor Jean M. J. Frechet on supramolecular liquid crystals and polymers (1988-1989), he joined the University of Tokyo.
His research focuses on design, synthesis and functionalization of self-assembled materials including supramolecular soft materials such as liquid crystals, stimuli- and environment-responsive self-organized materials, nanostructured ion- and electron-, and photo- active materials, liquid-crystalline physical gels, functional polymers, and biomineralization-inspired organic/inorganic hybrids.
He was the President of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (JSPS) (2018-2020) and the President of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (JLCS) (2016-2018).
He is the Project Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research “Aquatic Functional Materials” on Innovative Areas of MEXT (2019FY-2023FY). He was appointed as Research Supervisor of PRESTO research “Molecular Technology” of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2012-2016). He was the Project Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research “Fusion Materials” on Innovative Areas of MEXT (2010FY-2014FY).