The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that it has selected Dr. Akira Yoshino, Visiting Professor at Kyushu University, as a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 for the development of lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our world by packing a large amount of energy in a lightweight package that can be recharged hundreds of times. These characteristics have made them a go-to energy source for applications of all sizes, from phones and laptops to cars and power grids.
Dr. Yoshino played a key role in this technological revolution by developing the first commercially viable lithium-ion batteries. Still the leading high-performance rechargeable battery technology nearly 30 years after their first commercialization, lithium-ion batteries are positioned to also facilitate the transition to a low-carbon society.
Congratulations to Dr. Yoshino on this momentous occasion, and thank you for your continued contributions to society through science.