Materials Chemistry

Updated: Jan 12

Victor Luca, 10-Jan-21.

Materials chemistry & engineering discussions here.

I was involved in Materials Chemistry research for more than thirty years and I will be posting some highlights in materials chemistry of past and ongoing developments over those years that are expected make a major impact on people's lives going forward.

Lithium ion Batteries were first discovered in the late eighties by university-based researchers and later commercialized by Sony Corporation. A key university researcher to first describe intercalation electrodes used in Li-ion batteries was Professor Stanley Whittingham who together with John B. Goodenough received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019 for their development of these batteries.

Batteries have become an indispensable part of our lives initially due to the portable electronics revolution and now their importance in transportation. Li-ion batteries have very much enabled these technologies. Li-ion batteries are only one of many chemical energy storage systems that number in the thousands.

The following Whittingham article and the realization that the battle against climate change was going to require better energy storage provided inspiration for me to get involved in Li-ion battery research starting in 1995 when it wasn't such a big thing yet. Today the field of battery research has exploded.

Whittingham, S.M. Dines, M.B. n-Butyllithium - An Effective, General Cathode Screening Agent. J. Electrochem. Soc., 1977, 124(9), 124 1387.

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