\\"I\\'m extremely happy the lithium-ion batteries (have) helped communications around the world,\\" Goodenough said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. \\"We are indeed happy that people use this for good and not evil.\\"
“The [electric car] batteries no longer weigh two tonnes, but 300kg,” said Prof Sara Snogerup Linse, a member of the Nobel committee for chemistry. “The ability to store energy from renewable sources, the sun, the wind, opens up for sustainable energy consumption,” she added.
Whittingham developed the first functional lithium battery in the early 1970s, but Goodenough was able to double the battery\\'s potential in 1980 by using lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode of a lithium-ion battery, the foundation said. Using Goodenough\\'s cathode as a basis, Yoshino created the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery five years later.
Even at the age of 97, he continues to develop new polymers and battery concepts with researchers in his lab. He is now largely focused on developing all-solid-state batteries as they can offer better safety, according to Arumugam Manthiram, a longtime colleague from UT Austin.
Lithium-ion batteries have long been tipped for the award, not least since they have proved pivotal in the development of the high-tech world we inhabit.
It was at Oxford that Goodenough made the groundbreaking discovery that helped him win the Nobel, UT Austin officials said in a news release.