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Award Ceremony Highlights: Honda Prize 2014

November 17, 2014, Imperial Hotel Tokyo

(from left to right)
Mr. Ishida / President of Honda Foundation, Dr.Helmut Clemens, Mrs.Ruth Clemens, Mr. Tsutomu Honda / Adivisor of Honda Foundation
The 35th Honda Prize ceremony was held on Monday, November 17, at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, with 250 participants and guests from the Austrian Embassy, policy makers, scholars, researchers and media people.
This year’s laureate was Dr. Helmut Clemens, Head of the Department of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Testing at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria for his eminent achievements in the development of light-weight structural intermetallic titanium aluminides, so-called ɤ-TiAl based alloys

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Dr. Clemens's Commemorative Speech:

“The role of materials in progress and limit of technological evolution”


Dr. Helmut Clemens

Modern materials, such as Aluminum and super alloys, realized a steam machine or an aircraft. Functional material, such as Silicon enhanced semiconductor technology leading to information-intensive society. Those prove that materials considerably determine the limits of technology progress.
On the other hand, however, the climate change due to CO2 emission which progress of modern civilization brought about is so severe that we need new, environmentally-friendly innovations by novel advanced materials. Aircraft is one of those, thus “Geared Turbofan,” fuel-efficient engine for next generation has been developed. This engine utilizes our newly-developed intermetallic titanium aluminides, so-called TNM alloys. Titanium aluminides have shortcomings, that is, low ductility at room temperature and extremely difficult forgeability even at high temperatures. However, I successfully developed intermetallic titanium aluminides which exhibits adaptive properties, for example, “soft” when hot-worked and “hard” when used as structural components with applying the most advanced experimental methods, such as computer simulation in atomic scale and novel in-situ techniques to study phase transition during processes.
This engine is being realized, which will be the highlight in a materials scientist’s life. Every one of us must do her or his share to create a “truly humane civilization.”

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Congratulatory Addresses by Guests of Honor

His Excellency Dr. Bernhard Zimburg
Austrian Ambassador to Japan

Dr. Masao Takeyama
Professor, Toykyo Institute of Technology

Mr. Fumihiko Ike
President, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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