Koichi Niihara Niihara is president of Nagaoka University of Technology in Nagaoka, Japan, a post he has held since September 2009. Prior to this, he served for five years as a professor and academic leader of NUT. From 1989 to 2005 he was a professor at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University, Japan, and was awarded the title of emeritus professor in 2005. He has also been a visiting professor at Virginia Tech and a professor in the Physics Department of the National Defense Academy, Japan.
Niihara has conducted innovative research in many ceramic materials fields, including the fabrication of extremely strong and tough materials. He invented new evaluation techniques to gauge fracture toughness of ceramics, and his 'Niihara's Equation,' has gained common recognition among ceramic researchers worldwide.
Niihara also pioneered the "nanocomposite" concept, championing the idea that incorporation of nanoparticles in a matrix could improve the mechanical/physical properties of ceramic and other materials. More recently, Niihara has been a leading proponent for multifunctional materials, including ones for use in sensory-type applications.
Niihara has been described by his colleagues as "one of the most creative, productive and visionary ceramists in the world." He has published more than 1000 papers in scientific journals and holds more than 140 patents.
He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society and is a past president of the International Congress on Ceramics. He is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences and an Academician Member of the World Academy of Ceramics.
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