Tomoya Higashihara was born in Kagawa, Japan, and received his B.Eng., M.Eng., and D.Eng. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech.) in 2000, 2002, and 2005, respectively, under the supervision of Prof. Akira Hirao. During 2005-2008, he joined postdoctoral research at University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Rudolf Faust. Then, he became an assistant professor at Tokyo Tech. (Prof. Mitsuru Ueda’s laboratory) in 2008. He was promoted to become an associate professor (PI) and a full professor (PI) at Yamagata University in 2013 and 2019, respectively. In 2022, he became a director of Research Center for Organic Electronics (ROEL), Yamagata University, Japan, as a concurrent post. In 2023, he is joining Prof. Zhenan Bao’s group at Stanford University as a visiting professor.

Awards (representatives):
2020 Hitachi Chemical Award (The Society of Polymer Science, Japan)
2015 Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science (The Society of Polymer Science, Japan)
2009 Award for Young Engineering Scientist (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)