Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

Tuesday, November 30
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm EST
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

Stan Whittingham


M. Stanley Whittingham,
Binghamton University, The State University of New York
The Lithium Battery: From a Dream to Readiness to Take-On Climate Change—The Materials Challenges

Global climate challenges call for renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind, in addition to hydro and nuclear. The former two are intermittent producers of energy, so storage is essential. Batteries provide the most flexible means of storing electrical energy, varying in size from mWh to GWh and being portable or fixed. Lithium-ion batteries dominate this storage. Whittingham will discuss their origins, their present status and the exciting materials challenges facing us if we are to further increase their energy density and reduce their cost whilst increasing safety and lifetime.

About M. Stanley Whittingham

M. Stanley Whittingham is a SUNY distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at Binghamton and the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Laureate. He received his BA and PhD degrees in chemistry from Oxford University, where he is an honorary Fellow of New College. He has been active in Li-batteries since 1971 when he won the Young Author Award of the Electrochemical Society for his work on beta-alumina. In 1972, he joined Exxon and discovered the role of intercalation in battery reactions, which resulted in the first commercial lithium rechargeable batteries that were built by Exxon Enterprises. In 1988, he returned to academia at SUNY Binghamton to initiate a program in materials chemistry. In 2018, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received the David Turnbull Lectureship Award from MRS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of MRS, ECS, ISE and ICDD.

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