2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for work on lithium-ion batteries that ‘revolutionized our lives’
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for their exploration in improving battery technology.
The trio will share the prize for their work on “the development of lithium-ion batteries,” as per the Nobel committee.
“Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles,” tweeted the committee.
“Through their work, this year’s Chemistry Laureates have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil-fuel-free society,” it added.
Whittingham built up the first functional lithium battery in the mid-1970s, yet it was too explosive to be viable, as per an announcement from the committee.
Goodenough was liable for creating far more powerful batteries.
Yoshino later eliminated pure lithium from the battery, creating the first commercially suitable lithium-ion battery in 1985, as per the announcement.
This is more secure than pure lithium and made the battery functional for real-world applications.
Lithium-ion batteries are pervasive today, utilized in phones, laptops, and numerous different gadgets.
Their improvement was additionally key in permitting moves from fossil fuels, as the batteries enabled the storage of energy from solar, wind and other renewable sources.