The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to the developers of lithium-ion batteries, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. According to the Nobel Committee, these rechargeable batteries have created a "revolution in our lives".
Lithium ion batteries are used in mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles, among others. "They make a world without fossil fuels possible," said the Nobel Committee.
Whittingham developed the first lithium battery in the early 1970s, after which Goodenough made the batteries more powerful. Yoshino ensured that no more pure lithium had to be incorporated into the battery, making the batteries safer to use.
The 97-year-old Goodenough is the oldest Nobel Prize winner ever.
Last year the Americans Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the controlled evolution of proteins.
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