Akira Saito is an Associate Professor at Osaka University. He studied surface physics at the Univ. of Tokyo using Synchrotron Radiation (SR), and received Ph.D. in 1994. He worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France) with French Government Scholarship and at KEK (Japan) to study surface structures with atomic resolution using X-rays.

His research interests span the interaction of photons with the surface nanostructures, including the analysis and control of the nanostructures on surface of materials, elemental analysis, Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), SR.One of the recent developed fields is the biomimetic applications of the optical nanostructures. Also he is a member of the ISO TC266, committee for biomimetics (representative of the Japanese committee for WG1.)

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