Yoshino, Akira, 1948–, Japanese chemist, Ph.D. Osaka Univ., 2005. He was a researcher at Asahi Kasei Corp. from 1972 to 2017, when he became a professor at Meijo Univ., Nagoya, Japan. Akira received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with John Goodenough and Stanley Whittingham for their work to develop and advance lithium-ion batteries. He began research on rechargeable batteries in 1981 and in 1983 fabricated a prototype rechargeable lithim-ion battery using petroleum coke as an anode and cobalt oxide, which was first used by John Goodenough in 1979, as a cathode. The batteries developed through the work of the three researchers are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles.
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