The lithium ion batteries they are revolutionizing the world. Today they are practically everywhere. It is found in smartphones, computers, medical devices and especially in electric cars. In fact, these accumulators are progressively allowing to revolutionize mobility in a greener perspective. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been assigned to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham is Akira Yoshino just for having invented lithium ion batteries.
The three winners will receive an identical quota of the prize of 9 million Swedish crowns (about 825 thousand euros) which was announced today by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences of Stockholm. Goodenough is also the oldest winner of a Nobel Prize with his 97 years. He works at the University of Texas at Austin. Whittingham works at the State University of New York and is 78 years old. Akira Yoshino, on the other hand, works at Asahi Kasei Corporation in Tokyo and Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan.
Their invention is today revolutionizing many sectors. Work started in the 1970s during the oil crisis. The first prototype of a lithium ion battery was developed by Whittingham. Subsequently, Goodenough's research made it more powerful, while Yoshino, in 1985, succeeded in developing the first reliable and commercially viable battery.
This is an important recognition for a technology on which today many important companies in many fields are investing a great deal. If today the famous ones Tesla are able to guarantee high performance and long autonomy, the merit is also of John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino who laid the foundations for their traction batteries.
The three winners will take part in a sumptuous ceremony in Stockholm on December 10th. The other winners of the various Nobel Prize categories will also participate in this event as well as the King of Sweden.