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release date:2017.05.26

The title of Docteur Honoris Causa awarded to Prof. Toyoki Kunitake by the University of Bordeaux

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On May 4, 2017, the University of Bordeaux held the ceremony of  awarding the title of Docteur Honoris Causa to Professor Toyoki Kunitake, Kyushu University.

The ceremony began with an opening address by Professor Manuel Tunon de Lara, MD, PhD, President of the University of Bordeaux. After that, Dr. Reiko Oda, CNRS Research Director, Institute of Chemistry & Biology of Membranes & Nano-objects - CNRS/University of Bordeaux/Bordeaux INP, congratulated and presented Prof. Kunitake’s scholarly achievements. Video messages from President Chiharu Kubo and those who studied at Prof. Kunitake at Kyushu University were also given at the ceremony.
The audience listened eagerly as Professor Kunitake gave a lecture on “From Biomimetics to Environmental CO2 Capture via Nanotechnology”.
As a representative of Kyushu University, Vice President Koichiro Watanabe gave a congratulatory speech at the end.
Professor Kunitake is known as a pioneer of the chemistry of molecular self-assembly and has educated a large number of Kyushu University graduates who have gone on to become highly accomplished, both inside and outside Japan. Through his excellence in teaching and many scholarly activities, he has made contributions to academic exchange between France and Japan. The University of Bordeaux awards the title of Docteur Honoris Causa to foreign nationals who have contributed to the developments of arts, literature, science, technology, and innovation as well as national prosperity of France.

Welcome address given by President Manuel Tunon de Lara, the University of Bordeaux

Video message given by President Chiharu Kubo, Kyushu University

Docteur Honoris Causa awarded to Professor Kunitake

Lecture by Professor Toyoki Kunitake

Closing remarks given by Prof. Koichiro Watanabe, VP International, Kyushu University

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