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Lithium-ion battery scientists take Nobel prize for chemistry

Three scientists, John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

The trio shares the prize for their work on these rechargeable devices, which are used for portable electronics.

At the age of 96, Prof Goodenough is the oldest person to win the award and the laureates will share the prize money of nine million kronor (£738,000).

The awards were announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. 

“Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles,” the Nobel Prize committee said in a statement following the announcement.

Through their work, this year’s Chemistry Laureates have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil-fuel-free society, the statement read.

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