– Bachelor (1981) in chemistry, Kyoto Institute of Technology
– Master (1983) and PhD (1986) in chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
(Liquid crystalline materials for photoconductivity)
– R&D division, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (1986-1990)
(Organic nonlinear optical materials and their SHG devices)
– Government Industrial Research Institute, Osaka (GIRIO) operated by Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) (1990-4)
-Osaka National Research Institute (ONRI) (1994-2000) on the reorganisation of GIRIO.
-National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Kansai Centre (2001-2017) on the organisation reconstructure involving all institutes of METI (The former MITI)
-Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) (2017-)
Research Field : Liquid crystal chemistry, Organic electronic and photonic materials and devices
The Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (JLCS), International Liquid Crystal Society (ILSC), The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), Japanese Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) , The Japanese Photochemical Association (JPA)), Kinka Chemical Society, The American Chemical Society (ACS) , The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Osaka International Science Club
Board member : 142nd committee of organic materials for information technology, Japan Science Promotion Society (JSPS) (2009-), The Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (JLCS, 2004-05, 2010-12 as The Vice President and 2014-16 as The President ), Kinka Chemical Society (2015-)
International Editorial Board Member, Liquid Crystals (Taylor & Francis Co.) (2000 ~ 2017)
(Lectures on liquid crystalline chemistry for graduate school and undergraduate students) : Ryukoku University (2000~), Tokyo Institute of Technology at Suzukake-dai (2001), Nagoya University (2004), Kyoto Institute of Technology (2001~3), Nara Woman’s University (2006), Okayama University & Shinshu University (2013), Gifu University, Kagawa University, Doshisha University,(2014), Osaka University (2015-2016), etc.
(Guest professor) : Osaka Electro-Communication University(2005~2007), Ritsumeikan University (2000~4), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (2003), Université de Louis Pastour (University of Strasbourg, 2005 & 2009))
Technical bureaucrat in the office for Industrial Science and Technology R&D Frontier Program (1996-7), A member of the preparative WG for the reorganisation of MITI’s Institutes to AIST (1998-2000)
Outstanding Poster Presentation Award in The 7th International Conference on Nano-Molecular Electronics, Dec. 13-15, 2006.Hirosato Monobe, Kunio Awazu and Yo Shimizu, “Alignment control of columnar liquid crystals with wavelength tunable CO2 laser irradiation”
2008 outstanding paper award (section A) of The Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (JLCS)
Yo Shimizu, Kazuma Oikawa, Kenich Nakayama and Daniel Guillon, “Mesophase Semiconductors and the Field Effect Transistors”, J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 4223-9 (highlight article, invited).
2013 JLCS Award (academic contribution) for “Studies on novel functions based on dynamic aspects of liquid crystals”