Akio Ikesue of World Lab. Co. Ltd. in Japan has been presented with the 2008 Otto Schott Research Award for his pioneering work in the field of optically transparent polycrystalline ceramics, with which he created the field of polycrystalline ceramic lasers. Ikesue has published numerous papers with SPIE, most recently in 2008 at SPIE's Photonics West, Defense, Security, and Sensing, and Boulder Damage symposia and at SPIE Europe's Photonics Europe.
The award was presented on 3 November during a technical conference at Schott AG in Mainz, Germany.
In the award announcement, Hans-Joachim Konz, a member of the Board of Management at Schott and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund, emphasized the importance of collaboration between science and industry. "The only way to achieve innovation is to exchange knowledge and experience," he said.
In 1995, Ikesue achieved laser performances close to those of mono crystals, sparking intensive research and development activities resulting in new ceramic technologies and a broad scope of applications for the materials produced using this sophisticated procedure.
Ikesue is regular visiting lecturer at conferences on lasers, materials, and ceramics, and recently was selected by the U.S. government to become the first project head from Asia to develop ceramic materials for producing megawatt laser performance. He has 15 patents, is the founder of World Lab. Co., and is an invited professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.
The Otto Schott Research Award is conferred for outstanding scientific achievements in basic research and technology development in the areas of special materials, components, and systems for application in optics and electronics, solar energy, health, and living.