Takuzo Aida has been group director of the Emergent Soft
Matter Function Research Group since 2013. In 2010, he received a Purple Ribbon
Medal of Honor from the Japanese government for work on macro- and
supramolecular chemistry and for solving energy, biological resource and
environmental issues. Other accolades include the Alexander von Humboldt
Research Award (2011) and the Leo Esaki Prize (2015).