Hideo Hosono

1982-1990 Assist. Prof. Nagoya Inst.Tech/
1990-1993 Assoc.Prof.
1993-1995 Assoc.Prof. Tokyo Inst. Tech
1995-1999 Assoc.Prof. Inst.Mol.Sci.
1999- Prof. Tokyo Inst.Tech/

Field of Specialization
Transparent Oxide Electronics, Novel Superconductors,Electrides

Laboratory for Materials and Structures(IIR, Tokyo Tech)


Research Hub Group:Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Discovery of Iron Based Superconductors(2008)
  • Materials design concept for transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors (TAOS)
  • RT stable electride(2003) and 2D-electride (2013)
  • Electride-based catalyst for ammonia synthesis under mild conditions


  • 2017.5
    Elected as a foreign member of the Royal Society
  • 2017.4
    Establishment of a new company to commercialize on-site NH3 synthesis with UMI and Ajinomoto
  • 2009.1
    Discovery of Iron-based superconductors rekindled the fever of exploration of High Tc superconductors

Major Awards

  • 1991
    1st Otto-Schott Research Award
  • 1994
    W. H. Zachariasen Award
  • 2009
    B.T. Matthias Prize,Medal with purple ribbon
  • 2011
    Jan Rajchman Prize(SID,Asahi Prize, Achievement Prize (Japan Applied Phys.Soc)
  • 2012
    Nishina Memorial Prize
  • 2013
    The Japan Chemical Society Prize,Honda Memorial Prize, Thomso-Reuter Citation Laurerate
  • 2015
    J.C.McGroddy Prize for New Materials (APS), Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy Prize
  • 2016
    The Japan Prize, The Grand Prix of the Ceramic Soc.Jpn.

Selected Papers 

  • Hosono, H.; Kim, J.; Toda, Y.; Kamiya, T.; Watanabe, S., Transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors for organic electronics: Application to inverted OLEDs; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114(2), 233-238 (2017).
  • Nomura, K.; Ohta, H.; Ueda, K.; Kamiya, T.; Hirano, M.; Hosono, H., Thin-film transistor fabricated in single-crystalline transparent oxide semiconductor, Science 300, 1269-1272 (2003). Lee, K.; Kim, S.W.; Toda, Y.; Matsuishi, S.; Hosono, H., Dicalcium nitride as a two-dimensional electride with an anionic electron layer; Nature, 494, 336-340 (2013).