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Towards a rechargeable world

The story so far: The 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for working towards the development of practical lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are the edifice of the wireless technology revolution that made possible portable compact disc players, digital wrist watches, laptops and the mobile phones of today. It is also seen as important to a fossil-free future of electric cars that governments envisage to address climate change. Stanley Whittingham, a chemist at the University of Binghampton, State University New York, was at oil giant Exxon when he contributed to ...

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