Yuichi Ikuhara is Professor and Director of the Nanotechnology Center, Institute of Engineering Innovation at University of Tokyo since 2003. He received his Dr.Eng. from the Department of Materials Sciences, Kyushu University. He then joined Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) in 1988, and was the Microstructure Characterization Division Manager at JFCC from 1993. In 1996, he joined University of Tokyo as an associate professor of Materials Sciences. He was a visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University from 1991 to 1993.

His current research interest is in interface and grain boundary phenomena, advanced transmission electron microscopy (STEM, HREM, EDS, EELS), high-temperature ceramics, electroceramics, dislocation technology, phase transformation, theoretical calculations and other areas. Dr. Ikuhara is the author and coauthor of about 600 scientific original papers in the field, and has more than 250 invited talks at international and domestic conferences.

He received the prize for Science and Technology (Research category) from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and of Japan (2013),  “Humboldt Research Award” from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010), “Honda Frontier Prize” from Honda Foundation (2010), “Seto Prize” from Microscopy Society of Japan (2007), “Ross Coffin Purdy Award” (2008) and “Fulrath Award (Academic) (2002)” from The American Ceramic Society, “Academic Prize” from the Ceramics Society of Japan (2001), “Exploits Awards” from the Japan Institute of Metals (2001) and others. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (2011), member of World Ceramic Academy (2014), and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan. He holds a group leader position at JFCC and WPI professor at Tohoku University concurrently.