9 October 2019
John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to three scholars for their research on developing the lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are a cornerstone in moving from fossil-fuelled to rewenable energies. They are used in electric cars, smartphones and other electronic devices.
The original research into lithium-ion batteries was spurred by the oil crisis in the 1970s. Stanley Whittingham laid the foundation for later research on metal oxide cathodes and intercalated lithium ions undertaken by John B. Goodenough and Akira Yoshino.
The Nobel committee in a statement commends the advent of ion-lithium batteries as "the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society" and "of the greatest benefit to humankind."
We would like to congratulate the Winners on their breakthrough achievement—in particular Professor Goodenough, who authored a review paper on "Advanced Electrodes for High Power Li-ion Batteries" in the MDPI journal Materials in 2013. Please be invited to add your comments on the paper here.