How The Inventor Of Lithium-ion Batteries Changed Society

Posted November 11, 2015

the-invention-of-lithium-ion-batteries.jpg#asset:148Earlier this month, a trio of scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on the repair of DNA. While we applaud their ongoing efforts, we are also compelled to think of the deserving John Goodenough, the 93-year-old physicist regarded as the father of the lithium-ion battery.

Dr. Goodenough’s invention is widely considered the most revolutionary work that has yet to be awarded the Nobel Prize. In fact, lithium-ion batteries have transformed society thanks to Dr. Goodenough’s efforts. According to market reports, lithium batteries are expected to effect significant changes over the next five years.

Lithium Technology Today

In present society, lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous. Cell phones, tablets, laptops, fitness trackers, hoverboards and many other modern applications are all powered with lithium technology. Since Dr. Goodenough invented the battery solution, lithium has enabled people to travel to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Dr. Goodenough’s research and work have uncovered many advantages of lithium versus lead acid batteries, including:

  • Lighter weight
  • Longer battery life
  • Greener energy output

Lithium Batteries In The Future

The future of lithium-ion technology is quickly approaching. Lithium is expected to play a major role as electric and hybrid vehicles gain prominence in the marketplace.

Nearing his one century birthday, Dr. Goodenough isn’t slowing down. He and his team are working on a system that may allow battery engineers to use a solid lithium anode safely.

As Dr. Goodenough drives the lithium-ion market forward behind the scenes, RELiON continues to cheer him on from the front lines. It is our mission to bring lithium technology to the masses of people who would benefit from its use. We hope next year is this innovator’s prize-winning year.