Goodenough in the end: 97-year-old battery pioneer becomes oldest person to win a Nobel prize

Telegraph 5 days ago

A 97-year-old American scientist dubbed the father of “the rechargable world” has become the oldest person ever to win a Nobel prize.

Dr John Goodenough won a third of the £740,000 prize for is role in the development of lithium-ion batteries, which power laptops, smartphones and a host of other appliances.

The Nobel Committee said his work had “laid the foundation of wireless electronics”.

Speaking in London, the researcher promised to give his share of the cash to the University of Texas, where he has served as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science since 1986.

However, it was at Oxford University in the years just before this that Dr Goodenough discovered the LixCoO2 cathode material with which the rechargeable battery is fueled.

Speaking at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday he said he was “delighted” with the award.

Despite his pivotal role in the evolution of batteries, he described his greatest achievement in life as his friends.

The citation from the Nobel committee read:  "It makes a fossil fuel-free world possible, as it is used for everything from powering electric cars to storing energy from renewable sources."

Dr Goodenough shares this year’s award with British-born Dr M Stanley Whittingham, 77, and with Dr Akira Yoshino, 71, from Japan.

Dr Whittingham, who has worked in the US since the 1970s, said he was "overcome with gratitude".

John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino share the 2019 Nobel prize for Chemistry
John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino share the 2019 Nobel prize for Chemistry

"The research I have been involved with for over 30 years has helped advance how we store and use energy at a foundational level, and it is my hope that this recognition will help to shine a much-needed light on the nation's energy future,” he said.

The foundation for these powerful batteries was first laid by Dr Whittingham in the 1970s when the world was in the midst of an oil crisis.

The Oxford-educated scientist was researching new ways to develop technologies that would not require the use of fossil fuels and stumbled on titanium disulphide - a material rich in energy - which he used to create a cathode in a lithium battery prototype.

The committee said in a statement: "The battery's anode was partially made from metallic lithium, which has a strong drive to release electrons.

"This resulted in a battery that literally had great potential, just over two volts."

As metallic lithium is reactive, the battery was too explosive to be viable.

So based on Dr Whittingham's work, Dr Goodenough made improvements to the battery using cobalt oxide as a cathode instead of titanium disulphide.

This battery was able to produce as much as four volts, which the committee said was "an important breakthrough and would lead to much more powerful batteries".

With Dr Goodenough's cathode as a basis, Dr Yoshino developed the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery in 1985.

The committee added: "The result was a lightweight, hardwearing battery that could be charged hundreds of times before its performance deteriorated.


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