The Power List 2020 – Asia
Professor, University of Yamanashi, Japan
Nominator comment: Professor Hiraoka has made considerable contributions to analytical chemistry, particularly ambient ionization techniques. His pioneering research has led to the development of multiple novel ion sources, with probe electrospray ionization being perhaps the most successful. He is also a passionate scientist and a great mind, who is always keen to share his knowledge with colleagues and students. His research has been incredibly influential in the field of MS, and yet is arguably underappreciated - particularly outside of Asia.