Yoshino, Akira

Yoshino, Akira,

1948–, Japanese chemist, Ph.D. Osaka Univ., 2005. He was a researcher at Asahi Kasei Corp. from 1972 to 2017, when he became a professor at Meijo Univ., Nagoya, Japan. Akira received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with John GoodenoughGoodenough, John Bannister,
1922–, American physicist, b. Jena, Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago, 1952. Goodenough was a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1952 to 1976, when he became a professor at Oxford. He has been on the faculty at the Univ.
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 and Stanley WhittinghamWhittingham, Michael Stanley,
1941–, British-American chemist, Ph.D. Oxford, 1968. Whittingham worked for Exxon Research & Engineering from 1972 to 1984, then joined Schlumberger Ltd. In 1988, he became a professor at the Univ. of Binghamton in New York.
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 for their work to develop and advance lithium-ion batteries. He began research on rechargeable batteries in 1981 and in 1983 fabricated a prototype rechargeable lithim-ion battery using petroleum coke as an anode and cobalt oxide, which was first used by John Goodenough in 1979, as a cathode. The batteries developed through the work of the three researchers are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles.
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