Kenji Takahashi is a Research Professor of Institute of Science and Engineering at Kanazawa University. He is also working as a Research Promotion Group Leader of Advancement of COI Research at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology. His research expertise is in the area of chemical engineering, reaction kinetics, spectroscopy, and material science. He is now working on biomass conversion into useful material using ionic liquids. He received his A.B. in Chemical Engineering from Hokkaido University in 1985, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Hokkaido University. He was a visiting scientist in Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago from 1995 to 2001.