Dr Etsuo Akiba


Professor Etsuo Akiba is the Head of Hydrogen Storage Division and the principal researcher of International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), and professor of Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University from December 2010.

He earned Ph. D degree from The University of Tokyo in 1979 in physical chemistry.

He joined National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 1979 and started the research on hydrogen storage materials. During his over 30 year carrier on the research and development of hydrogen storage materials, he developed various types of materials including Ti based BCC structured alloys that was used for on board hydrogen storage in the first TOYOTA fuel cell vehicle in 1996. He has determined the crystal structures of novel hydrides using neutron diffraction including LaNi5H3, SrAl2H2 and BaAlH5.

He received several awards including the Herbert C. Brown Award for Innovations in Hydrogen Research, Purdue University, USA in 2008 and The IPHE Technical Achievement Award in 2010.