The 2003 Kyoto Prize Workshops

Self-Assembly of Organic Molecules and New Developments in Nanotechnology

George McClelland Whitesides

/  Chemist

Advanced Technology

Materials Science and Engineering


11 /12 Wed

10:30 - 17:30

Place: Kyoto international Conference Hall

Address:Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan



Opening Address Hiroyuki Sakaki
(Chairman, Kyoto Prize Committee; Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo)
Introduction to the Laureate Shunsaku Kimura
Laureate Lecture George McClelland Whitesides
“Making Small Things”
Lecture Tomoji Kawai
“Advanced Materials Science and Bottom-Up Nanotechnology”
Lunch Break
Lectures Osamu Takai
(Professor, Center for Integrated Research in Science and Engineering, Nagoya University)
“Syntheses and Applications of Self-Assembled Materials”
Lectures Shinji Matsui
(Professor, Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry, Himeji Institute of Technology)
“The Development of Nanoimprint Technology”
Lectures Masatsugu Shimomura
(Director, Nanotechnology Research Center; Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University)
“Novel Nano- and Micro-Fabrication Technology Based on Self-Organization”
Lectures Hirokatsu Miyata
(Manager, Leading-edge Technology Dept. 1, Leading-edge Technology Project, Canon Research Center)
“An Example of the Research on Self-Organization in Canon: Structural Control of Mesostructured Films”
Lectures Kazumi Matsushige
(Director, Kyoto University International Innovation Center)
“Development of Novel Molecular Manipulation and Functional Evaluation Methods and Nanotechnology Innovation in Kyoto”
Panel Discussion “Perspectives on Nanotechnology Employing Organic Molecules”
Shunsaku Kimura
George McClelland Whitesides
Tomoji Kawai
Shinji Matsui
Kazumi Matsushige
Hirokatsu Miyata
Masatsugu Shimomura
Osamu Takai
Question and Answer Session


George McClelland Whitesides


With a broad perspective ranging from pure chemistry to materials engineering, Professor Whitesides has studied key processes by which organic molecules self-assemble on inorganic materials to form ultrathin film structures. Through the systematic investigation of the phenomena that take place on the interface between these materials, he has developed outstanding methods to control and utilize these self-assembly processes. In particular, he has demonstrated through a series of unique experiments that such technology can be used to form nanometer-scale functional materials. These efforts have opened a new domain of research in the field of nanomaterials based on organic molecules and have contributed greatly to the advancement of materials science as a whole.


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November 12, 2003
Kyoto international Conference Hall
Coordinators and Moderators
Tomoji Kawai (Member, Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; Professor,The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University) Shunsaku Kimura (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University)