Susumu Kitagawa received his Ph. D. at Kyoto University in 1979. He became Assistant Professor (1979), Lecturer (1983), and Associate Professor (1988) at Kinki University. He was promoted to Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1992, and moved to Kyoto University as Professor of Functional Chemistry in 1998. He had been a visiting Scientist in F. A. Cotton Laboratory, Texas A & M University, during the period of 1986-1987, and an exchange professor in City University of New York in 1996. He is now Director of Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University launched by Japanese Government (2007).
His main research fields are coordination chemistry, in particular, chemistry of coordination space, and his current research interests are centered on synthesis and properties of porous coordination polymers/metal-organic frameworks. He received the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry Award, Japan for 2007, Humboldt Research Award, Germany for 2008, The Chemical Society of Japan Award, Japan for 2009, Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (Chemistry) for 2010, The Medal with Purple Ribbon 2011, The RSC de Gennes Prize for 2013, The 10th Leo Esaki Prize for 2013.