Hokkaido University, Japan
Akira Ishibashi received the BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Physics in 1981, 1983, and 1990, respectively, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan. During 1982–1983, he was a Research Assistant at LBNL, Berkeley, USA. In 1983, he joined the Research Center of Sony Corporation, Yokohama. He was a Visiting Faculty at Loomis Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990-1991. In Sony he achieved world-first RT CW operation of blue/green laser diodes using ZnMgSSe, in 1993. He was a Visiting Professor at Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Japan in 1998. Since 2003 he has been a full Professor in leading Nanostructure Physics Lab in RIES, Hokkaido University, Japan. In 2006, he started Hokkaido University Venture Company, C’sTEC Corp., based on Clean Unit System Platform (CUSP). His main target is to realize high-efficiency solar cells exploiting CUSP that helps people live in a high standard.