Zhaomin Hou is a Group Director and Deputy Center Director of RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science at Wako, Saitama, Japan. He also holds joint appointments as the Director of Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory at RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and as Professor at Saitama University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology (Thousand Talent Program of China). He received his B.Sc. in 1982 from China University of Petroleum and his Ph.D. in 1989 from Kyushu University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Windsor with Professor Douglas Stephan in 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 for more efficient and selective chemical transformations and for the synthesis of new functional polymers.