Makoto Ogawa was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1964. He received his BS and MS degrees in Applied Chemistry from Waseda University in 1987 and 1989. His doctorate was earned at Waseda University in 1992 under the direction of Professor Chuzo Kato. He moved to The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) as a special researcher for the basic science program, Science and Technology Agency, Japan. He moved to the Department of Earth Sciences, Waseda University in 1995 where he became a Professor in 2004. He was a researcher of PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST) from 1995 to 2000. From 2014, he moved to the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) as a professor of the School of Energy Science and engineering. Presently, he is a council of the International Association for the Study of Clays (AIPEA), Associate Editor of Applied Clay Science and Recent Patens in Nanotechnology.
His research interests include the syntheses and applications of layered materials and porous materials and their host-guest systems from the preparation to the application. He has authored more than 323 original papers, more than 50 book chapters, and reviews. The number of citations is over 12,000 times and his present h-index is 57 according to Google Scholar. He has more than 10 Patents.