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Finally, Lithium Ion Batteries Get the Nobel Spotlight
Georgia Tech faculty hail the long-awaited recognition
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “is a long-overdue recognition to three great scientists and to the electrochemistry research community.” That’s the reaction of Hailong Chen, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech to the announcement on Oct. 9. “They should’ve gotten the prize 10 years ago,” says Matthew McDowell, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering at Tech.
The three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry are John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino. “They each played key roles in discovering the materials and reactions that would eventually lead to the commercialization of lithium ion batteries,” McDowell says.
Goodenough is a professor in the University of Texas, Austin. Whittingham is a professor in Binghamton University, State University of New York. Yoshino is affiliated with the Asahi Kasei Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, and Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan.
The impact of lithium ion batteries cannot be overstated. Ordinary people rely on mobile power sources all the time. “With smart phones and mobile networks anywhere, anytime, we can read news, check emails, update Twitter and Facebook, pay bills, buy stuff,” Chen says. “Lithium ion batteries have enabled great conveniences, new business models, and job opportunities.”