Zhaomin Hou is a Group Director and Deputy Center Director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science at Wako, Saitama, Japan. He also holds joint appointments as Director of the Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory at RIKEN and as Professor at Saitama University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology (Thousand Talent Programof China).He received his B.Sc. in 1982 from China University of Petroleum andhisPh.D. in 1989from Kyushu University. He was a postdoctoral fellowat the University of Windsorwith Professor Douglas Stephanin 1991−1993. He is a recipient of the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work (2007), the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award (2007), the JSPS Prize (2007), the Rare Earth Society of Japan Award (2009), the Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2012), the Chinese Chemical Society Yaozeng Huang Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2014), and the Nagoya Silver Medal (2015).Dr. Hou’s research focuses on the development of new catalysts, new reactions and new functional materials,including C−H functionalization and small molecule activation.