When talking about the current electronic devices, we all use built-in battery life, and don’t need to carry a spare battery or charge while using it. Actually, this also thanks to the three Li-ion batteries who are behind our current convenience today. Recently, they all have been awarded with this award for their efforts by the Institute of Chemistry in return for this great achievement making people lives easier.
Those three men are Jonh B. Goodenough of the University of Texas, Austin, Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University and Akira Yoshino from Meijo University who were instrumental in the development of lithium-ion batteries to carry the battery with us and we can access to almost all types of electronic devices that we’ve used so far, from mobile phones to electric vehicles around the world. And, because of this success, they have now received the official Nobel Prize along with a prize of $ 900,000 each, too.
In fact, the Li-ion battery was originally conceived as a concept developed by Whittingham during the 1970’s by simply converting energy storage into lithium-ion (+) and polar (+) polymers. Soon later, Goodenough developed a new power storage system to allow the piece to hold a full capacity of four volts for the first time during the 1980s. However, with their hard efforts, finally in 1985, Yoshino made it to the market and one of those three, Goodenough, is 97 now, the first Nobel prize to be handed to the world’s oldest person as well. Thus, every time you recharge your electronic device, including a smartphone, smartwatch, electric bicycle, electric car or whether it’s a Bluetooth speaker, etc. you will miss someone who created it, as well as its origin that’ve made them to be present so far.