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Satoshi Kawata, a brief description

Satoshi Kawata received his BSc, Msc, and PhD all in Applied Physics in 1974, 76, and 79, respectively, from Osaka University. After the experience of postdoctral fellow of JSPS, he spent two years in University of California, at Irvine as a Research Associate. He joined Osaka University as a faculty member in 1981 and was promoted to Professor of Applied Physics in 1993, and then became the Distinguished Professor. He has been also the Professor of Departments of Frontier Bioscience and Information Sciences. In 2002 he joined RIKEN as a Chief Scientist as a Head of Nanophotonics Laboratory until his retirement in 2012. He has been also a Team Leader of RIKEN till 2015.

Professor Kawata is now the Professor Emeritus of Osaka University and a Honorary Scientist of RIKEN. He has served as the President of JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics) from 2014 to 2016, and the President of Spectroscopical Society of Japan fro, 2007 to 2008, an served as number of societies as Directors of Board and Chairs. He is a Fellow of OSA, IOP, SPIE, and JSAP.

Professor Kawata is one of the pioneers in near field optics (the inventor of tip-enhanced near-field microscopy), three-dimensional microscopy (laser CT microscopy, 3D data storage), plasmoics (SPR sensors, plasmon holography, plasmon laser, plasmonic microscopy), two-photon engineering (two-photon polymerization, two-photon isomerization, two-photon photorefraction, two-photon SPP, etc), bio-imaging, and signal recovery.

He has authored/edited more than 30 books and published more than 500 papers with h-index 70, and was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, Japan IBM Science Award, LVMH da Vinci Excellence, Shimadzu Award, and many others. The "8-micron bull" fabricated with his invented two-photon technology has been awarded in Guinness World Record Book 2004 Edition.



1974 B.Sc in Applied Physics, Osaka university

1976 M.Sc in Applied Physics, Osaka university

1979 Ph.D in Applied Physics, Osaka University


2017- Chairman and Representative, Nanophoton Corporation

2017- Professor Emeritus, Osaka University

2017- Chief Scientist, SERENDIP RESEARCH

2015- Honorary Scientist, RIKEN

2013-2017 Distinguished Professor, Osaka UniversityHonorary

1993-2017 Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University

2003-2017 Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University

2003-17 Chairman of the Board, Nanophoton Corporation

2007-15 Executive Director, Photonics Advanced Research Center, Osaka University

2012-15 Team Leader, RIKEN

2002-12 Chief Scientist, RIKEN

2002-04 Professor, Information & Physical Sciences, Osaka Univ.

2001-04 Director, Frontier Research Center (FRC), Osaka Univ.

1993-2017 Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University

1992 Associate Professor of Applied Physics, Osaka University

1981-91 Assistant Professor of Applied Physics, Osaka University

1979-81 Research Associate of Electrical Engineering,

University of California, Irvine

1979 Postdoctoral Research Fellow,

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Society Services

2022 President, OPTICA (Formerly OSA)

2021 President-Elect, OSA

2020 Vice President, OSA

2014-15 President, JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics)

2012-13 Vice-President, JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics)

2012- General Co-Chair, Nano-Science + Engineering, SPIE

2010-11 General Chair, Annual Meetings, JSAP

2009- 10 OSA Executive Committee, Member, Board of Directors

2009- 10 OSA Chair of International Council

2007-08 President, Spectroscopical Society of Japan

1999-2001 President, SLM (Society of Laser Microscopy)

Conference Organizer

Two-photon Polymerization, Isomerization, Photorefraction

S. Maruo, O. Nakamura, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1997

A. Toriumi, Hermann, S. Kawata, Opt. Lett 1997

Y. Kawata, H. Ishitobi, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1998

S. Kawata, Y. Kawata., Chem Review 2000

S. Kawata et. al., Nature 2001

Self-growing Fabrication

S. Shoji, S. Kawata, Appl Phys Lett 1999

S. Shoji, S. Kawata, Appl Phys Lett 2000

N. Takeyasu, et. al., APL Photonics 2016

Photon Pressure

S. Kawata, T. Sugiura, Opt. Lett 1992

S. Kawata, T. Tani, Opt Lett 1996

K. Okamoto, S. Kawata, Phys Rev Lett 1999

Near-field and Tip-enhanced Raman Microscopy

Y. Inouye, S. Kawata, Opt. Lett 1994

H. Furukawa, S. Kawata, Opt Commun 1998

Y. Inouye, et. al., Proc. SPIE 1999

N. Hayazawa, et. al., Opt Commun 2000

T. Ichimura, et. al., Phys. Rev Lett 2004

H. Watanabe, J Phys Chem 2005

S. Kawata, Y. Inouye, P. Verma, Nature Photon 2009

T. Yano, et. al., Nature Photon 2009

S. Kawata, et. al, Chem. Rev 2017

Plasmonic Devices

A. Ono, J. Kato, S. Kawata, Phys Rev Lett 2005

S. Kawata, A. Ono, P. Verma, Nature Photon 2008

M. Ozaki, J. Kato, S. Kawata, Science 2011

J. Ando, et. al, Nano Lett 2011

SPR Sensors

K. Matsubara, S. Kawata, S. Minami, Appl Opt 1988

K. Matsubara, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1990

H. Kano, S. Kawata, Opt Lett 1996

H. Kano, S. Kawata, J Opt Soc Am-B 1998

Raman Bio-imaging

K. Hamada, et. al., J. Biomed Photon 2008

M. Okada, et. al., PNAS 2012

A. Palonpon, et. al, Nature Protocol 2013

S. Kawata, et. al, Chem. Rev 2017

Image and Signal Recovery

S. Kawata, Y. Ichioka, J Opt Soc Am 1980

S. Kawata, O. Nalcioglu, IEEE trans Med Imaging 1985

K. Sasaki, S. Kawata, S. Minami,JPSA-A 1987

S. Kawata, O. Nakamura, S. Minami, JOSA-A 1987

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Awards and Honors

2014 The 30th Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Prize

2011 Esaki Leona Awars

2008 Society Award, Spectroscopy Society

2007 Medal of Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan

2007 Fellow, JSAP (Japan Society of Applied Physics)

2007 Fellow, SPIE

2005 MInister Award, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Japan

2004 The Best Paper (Review Article) Award, Japanese Society of Applied Physics

2003 Shimadzu Award, Shimadzu Foundation

2003 Fellow, OSA (the Optical Society)

2001 Fellow, Institute of Physics

1998 Ichimura Award, the New Technology Development Foundation, Japan

1997 Science Pour L’Art, Vinci d’Excellence, La Genese des Formes, Louis Vuitton Moét Hennessy

1996 Japan IBM Science Award

1989 Annual Society Awards, the Spectroscopy Society of Japan

1981 Best Optic Paper Awards, Japan Society of Applied Physics


1995- Regional Representative, Journal of Microscopy, RMS

2000-09 Editor, Optics Communications, Elsevier














UK-Japan Photonics and Metamaterials Workshop, Tokyo

UV Nanophotonics Symposium, Osaka

JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia,JSAP Fall Meeting,

SPIE Nano-Science+Engineering, San Diego

FINNISH-JAPANESE Workshop on Functional Materials

FOM2008 (Focus on Microscopy), Awaji Isle

SPIE Plasmonics:Nano-imaging,Nano-fabrication and Their Applications, San Diego

INPS1-3 International Nanophotonics Synposium Handai, Osaka

JSPS Janan-France Micro-nano Photonics, Awaji Isle

3DM-2002 (Three-dimensional Optical Memory), Tokyo

4th Japan-Finland Conf on Optical Engineering, Osaka,

FOM2000 (Focus on Microscopy), Shirahama

JSPS-ARC First Joint symposium, Melbourne

NFO-5 (International Conference on Near Field Optics), Shirahama


2009- Journal of Biophotonics, Editorial Board

2008- Laser & Photonics Reviews, Editorial Board, Wiley-VCH

2008- Journal of Biophotonics, Editorial Board, Wiley-VCH

2012- Nanophotonics, Editorial Board, de Gruyter