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Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here’s a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future.
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M. Stanley Whittingham was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries – used to power mobile phones, laptops and electric cars.
Nobel Prizes in science are usually given for revolutionary ideas that change our perception of the universe. But this year’s chemistry prize was awarded to inventors of a revolutionary device.
Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino created a safe, light, rechargeable battery that has revolutionised society and is probably powering the device you’re reading this on right now.
M. Stanley Whittingham, John B. Goodenough and Akira Yoshino made the batteries in our pockets possible.
A battery’s power comes from a chemical reaction that happens inside the cell.