Yuji Iwamoto is a professor and vice-president of Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan.
He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in organic chemistry from Pharmaceutical Sciences of Nagoya City University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from The University of Tokyo (2004).
He joined Nihon Noyaku Co., Ltd. in 1987, then moved to Japan Fine Ceramics Center in 1990. He held another post as a researcher/group sub-leader at Precursor Design Group, Fine Ceramics Research Association Synergy Ceramics Laboratory (1995-1998), then as a visiting researcher in the research group of Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (1999-2000). In 2007, he moved to Nagoya Institute of Technology as a professor, then became vice-president in 2017.
He has authored or coauthored over 280 technical publications and holds 15 patents. The main prizes he won are The Highlight Invention Award from Science and Technology Agency, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (1999), The Academic Achievements Award (2006), and the CerSJ Fellow (2022) from the Ceramic Society of Japan.
He is currently a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division and received the Richard M. Fulrath Award (2006).
His current emphasis is on the chemical formation of ceramic-based materials and polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs): design and synthesis of single-source precursors for developing novel functional ceramics and organic-inorganic hybrid materials with the tailored nanostructure. The metal-organic precursor-derived ceramic components such as gas separation membranes, adsorbents and catalysts for clean energy and environment protection, and oxynitride phosphors for white light-emitting diodes, respectively are currently being developed.