M. Stanley Whittingham is one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium ion batteries.
The research interests of the materials chemistry group are in the preparation and chemical and physical properties of novel inorganic oxide materials. Much of our effort is targeted at finding new materials for advancing energy storage. Recently we have discerned the critical role that single-phase reactions play in the discharge of battery electrodes. Our goal is to significantly improve the storage ability of electrochemical devices so as to make renewable solar and wind energy viable, also to enable electric vehicle range and cost. Our research involves much materials characterization at the major National Laboratories.