Toyoki Kunitake, Doctor Honoris Causa

Early May, Professor Toyoki Kunitake received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bordeaux.

  • 22/05/2017

On the 4th May, Professor Toyoki Kunitake received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bordeaux. This prestigious award was conferred on him by Manuel Tunon de Lara (president), in the presence of Pierre Dos Santos (vice-president of research), Vincent Dousset (vice-president of international relations), Nicole Rascle (vice-president of campus life), Reiko Oda (director of research at the CNRS, the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Membranes and Nano-objects, CNRS - University of Bordeaux - Bordeaux INP, director of the Franco-Japanese associated international research laboratory - CNPA), Jean Luc Pozzo (director of the science and technology department) and Bruno Lacoste (honorary consulate of Japan in Bordeaux).

The ceremony honored the long and fruitful scientific cooperation between France and Japan. The internationally recognized research completed by Toyoki Kunitake (81 years old) within the domain of supramolecular chemistry was applauded by all.

It was also an opportunity for Reiko Oda, Japanese, to praise he whom she calls “sensei”, a Japanese term for Master, meaning “he who was here before me, he who is guardian of knowledge and experience in a technique or a know-how”. 

Before the award ceremony, Professor Kunitake gave a conference on the theme “From Biomimetrics to Environmental CO2 Capture via Nanotechnology”. It concluded with some traditional Japanese singing and a cocktail.