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.