The 2011 Laureates / Advanced Technology Category / Materials Science and Engineering


John Werner Cahn

U.S.A. / January 9, 1928
Materials Scientist
Emeritus Senior NIST Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

"Outstanding Contribution to Alloy Materials Engineering by the Establishment of Spinodal Decomposition Theory"
Dr. John W. Cahn developed the theory of spinodal decomposition in alloy materials by incorporating the strain energy term into the free energy of the alloy system. It has made it possible to predict the optimal microstructures of alloy materials and to maximize their functions. The theory has led to the establishment of a design guideline for the development of alloy materials and contributed to the progress of both materials science and materials industry.


Download(PDF): Workshop Program and Abstract

“Materials Science and Engineering of Multi-component Systems and the Future Prospects”

DATE: Saturday, November 12, 2011

PLACE: Kyoto International Conference Center

Tisato Kajiyama (Chairman, Kyoto Prize Committee; President, Fukuoka Women’s University)
Masanori Murakami (Chairman, Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; Vice Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust)
Hiroyuki Sakaki (Member, Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; President, Toyota Technological Institute)

Masanori Murakami

Opening Address and Introduction of Laureate
Tisato Kajiyama
Laureate’s Lecture
John Werner Cahn (Laureate in Advanced Technology)
“Stabilities and Spinodal Instabilities in Multi-component Systems”
Session I
Chairperson: Sadamichi Maekawa (Member, Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; Director, Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
Tetsuo Mohri (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University)
“Theoretical and Computational Materials Science originated from Spinodal Theory”
Session II
Chairperson: Koichi Kitazawa (Member, Kyoto Prize Committee; President, Japan Science and Technology Agency)
Kazunobu Tanaka (Principal Fellow, Japan Science and Technology Agency)
“Critical Issues of Materials Science for the 21st Century”
Teruo Kishi (Advisor, National Institute for Materials Science)
“The Education of Material Sciences at Universities and Its Future Research”
Panel Discussion
“Future Direction for Materials Science and Engineering”
Moderator  Koichi Kitazawa
Panelists  John Werner Cahn
Teruo Kishi
Kazunobu Tanaka
Sadamichi Maekawa
Tetsuo Mohri

Organized by Inamori Foundation
Supported by Kyoto Prefectural Government, Kyoto City Government, NHK
With the cooperation of The Japanese Society of Applied Physics, The Japanese Institute of Light Metals, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, The Chemical Society of Japan, The Japan Institute of Metals, The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, The Physical Society of Japan
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