Professor Akira Imai

Professor Akira Imai has been the Professor of Economic Geology at the Department of Earth Resource Science, Akita University, Japan, since 2010. He was also appointed as the Assistant to the President of Akita University for International Exchange from 2011 to 2015, and the Director of the International Center for Research and Education on Mineral and Energy Resources from 2015 to 2017, and the Vice Dean of the Graduate School of International Resource Sciences, Akita University since 2016 until present. Professor Akira Imai is one of the most highly regarded economic geologists from Japan.
He obtained his Bachelor (1987) and Master (1989) degrees from the University of Tokyo and Doctor of Science degree from Hokkaido University in 1996. He was appointed as an assistant professor at the Geological Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan from 1990 to 2003, then appointed as an associate professor at the Department of Earth Resources Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan from 2003 to 2010, before he was appointed by Akita University.
His research interests lie in petrology, mineralogy and economic geology, including the genesis of precious, base and rare metal resources; mainly focused on porphyry copper mineralization, epithermal gold mineralization in island arc settings of western Pacific rim and Southeast Asia, as well as Kuroko volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and REE geochemistry of granitic rocks and their weathered crust. He has been engaged as the Managing Editor of Resource Geology, an international journal currently being published by Wiley, and the Vice President of the Society of Resource Geology.