Technology Chemistry Nobel Hails Work on Batteries That Changed Society

15:36  09 october  2019
15:36  09 october  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino (Source: The Nobel Prize/ Twitter). Chemistry Nobel Hails Work on Batteries That (Bloomberg) -- The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to a trio of pioneers of the modern lithium-ion battery , which is revolutionizing everything

(Bloomberg) -- Stanley Whittingham of the U.K., Japan’s Akira Yoshino and German-born John Goodenough won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries that have changed everyday life with rechargeable power sources enabling mobile phones and electric cars.

Such batteries have “revolutionized our lives” since they first entered the market in 1991, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Wednesday. “They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind.”

“This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles,” the academy said. “It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.”

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Nobel Prize in chemistry recognizes work on lithium-ion batteries that power our lives. “This battery has had a dramatic impact on our society ,” said Olof Ramström, a chemist at Working at Exxon, Whittingham discovered that titanium disulfide would work well as a cathode: Lithium ions

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino honoured for sparking a portable technology revolution.

Whittingham in the 1970s first discovered it was possible to shuttle lithium atoms from one electrode to another at room temperature, facilitating rechargeability. When the battery material -- lithium -- proved prone to catching fire, it took the work of Goodenough to make it into a usable device. Yoshino’s research on ensuring chemical stability crowned the current lithium-ion battery.

The product “is changing the way we do many things, the way we interact with each other and the physical environment, the way we consume energy,” said Colin McKerracher, an analyst at BloombergNEF. “The amount of interaction you have is only going to go up from here.”

Annual prizes for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, peace and literature were established in the will of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who died in 1896. The total amount for each of the 2019 prizes is 9 million kronor ($906,000).

--With assistance from Dimitra Kessenides.

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