The domain of lithium batteries also conquers the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019

The creation of the lithium battery, those used for electric cars and mobiles, gets its recognition at the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

46 years have passed since the first call was made from a mobile phone. Over these almost 50 years these devices have changed our way of life being an indispensable tool.

Before, mobile phones had very basic features compared to current mobile phones. But we will emphasize an essential element for our devices: the battery.

That’s right, the battery of our phone. And especially, the lithium battery since its creators have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019.

The award commission has awarded the award to John B. Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for “the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

A unique and unmatched battery (for now)
It is obvious to say that lithium-ion batteries is one of the most used technological developments today. So much so that it can be found in all electronic devices that we can imagine.

The first lithium battery was created in the 70s by Stanley Whittingham. Shortly after its creation John Goodenough modified the first battery making it much more useful and powerful.

Finally, Akira Yoshino was the one who perfected the project using lithium ions.

Its evolution has meant that today we can see the use of these batteries in electric and intelligent cars and a clear example is the new intelligence system for cars «Movistar Car«.

Are there alternatives to lithium batteries?
The answer is yes, but it will take us to see these news.

A case to highlight is that of the Xiaomi brand that presented one of its latest models had a nanosilicon battery incorporated. The silicon battery allows you to store more energy in less space and has a great capacity to absorb the load.

One of the great advantages of the nanosilicon battery is that this material, silicon, is the second most abundant element on Earth.

Another alternative is carbon dioxide batteries. A group of researchers from the University of Illinois, in Chicago, are conducting research on the first rechargeable batteries.

According to the first investigations, the conclusion has been drawn that carbon dioxide batteries are up to seven times more effective than lithium-ion batteries and are capable of making up to 500 charge cycles. It is possible to say that this project is in a very early development process and therefore it will take us to see how one of these batteries manages to dethrone the lithium batteries.

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