Shunsuke Tanaka is a Professor in the Department of Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering at the Kansai University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Doshisha University in 2001. He earned a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Osaka University in 2002 while studying ordered mesoporous silica films for low-k under Prof. Norikazu Nishiyama and Prof. Korekazu Ueyama and then earned a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering in 2005 working with under Prof. Norikazu Nishiyama and Prof. Korekazu Ueyama. In parallel with his doctoral research, he received a JSPS Research Fellowship with which he focused on the self-assembly of nanostructured thin films. In 2005, he joined the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University working with Prof. Hugh W. Hillhouse. In 2006, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansai University working with Prof. Yoshikazu Miyake. While working on zeolites, nanostructured thin films and monodispersed spheres, he attained the Professor in 2019. He spent a year on sabbatical, 2014 to 2015, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium working with Prof. Joeri F. M. Denayer on understanding of thermodynamics of adsorption and transport phenomena. His research publications have garnered over 7000 citations with an h-index of 40 (see ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus, Google Scholar Pages for up to date information). He has received the SCEJ Award for Outstanding Young Researcher Winner (in 2010) and the Best Reviewers Award (in 2017) from The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan, and the Calgon Carbon Japan Award (in 2017) from The Japan Society of Adsorption, and the Young Scientist Award (in 2018) from The Membrane Society of Japan, and Yazaki Academic Award (in 2019) from Yazaki Memorial Foundation for Science and Technology.
His research and teaching interests is in development of nanoporous materials with ordered crystalline structure and control of nanostructure and morphology such as thin films, membranes, monodispersed particles and shaped powders. Currently he is focused on CO2 capture, biofuel purification, liquid phase and gas phase separations, membrane separation, photoreaction, drug delivery system and phytochemicals using zeolite, metal organic framework and mesoporous solids.