(WAB NEWS) – The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their research on improving battery technology.
The trio will share the award for their work on "the development of lithium-ion batteries," according to the Nobel committee.
"Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles," the committee tweeted.RELATED
"Through their work, this year's Chemistry Laureates have laid the foundations for a wireless society, free of fossil fuels," he added.
The three winners will share a prize of 9 million Swedish kronor ($ 910,000).
Whittingham developed the first functional lithium battery in the early 1970s, but it was too explosive to be viable, according to a committee statement.
Goodenough was responsible for developing much more powerful batteries.
Yoshino then removed the pure lithium from the battery, producing the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery in 1985, according to the statement.
This is safer than pure lithium and makes the battery work for real world applications.
Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous today, they are used in cell phones, laptops and many other devices.
Its development was also key to allow away from fossil fuels, since the batteries allowed the storage of solar, wind and other renewable sources.