Scientists win Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery development

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Scientists win Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery development

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to a trio of pioneers of the modern lithium-ion battery, which is revolutionizing everything from mobile phones to the future of the global car industry.

The prize went to M. Stanley Whittingham, a British-American professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton; Japan’s Akira Yoshino, of Asahi Kasei Corp. and Meijo University; and German-born John Goodenough, professor at the University of Texas.

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John Goodenough is an absolutely awesome scientist. His should be a household name.

He's one of the inventors of RAM.

He basically invented the Lithium Ion battery that is so widely used today in so many devices, which is what this year's Chemistry prize is for.

And in 2017 he invented a solid state glass battery that promises to revolutionise energy storage yet again.

Double or more the capacity of today's best Lithium Ion batts, half the price, charging in minutes rather than hours, solid state so no liquid electrolyte, vastly reduced fire threat, more than 20 000 cycles ... if true, this will revolutionise everything from eCars to devices to tools to applications we can't even think of.

Yes, it sounds too good to be true. Any scientist and engineer would be skeptical of such claims. And many are.

Until they hear its John Goodenough.

I can't wait for this next breakthrough rev in battery capacity. It's believable because it's John Goodenough.

If there's one name you should remember today it's John Goodenough. One of the greats. And still going at 97! The oldest Nobel laureate ever.

Thank-you, Dr Goodenough. Absolutely Awesome Scientist.
 
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