Professor John B. Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, celebrates his 99th birthday on July 25, 2021. He is known for his important contributions to the development of modern lithium-ion batteries. In particular, he was involved in the discovery of the most significant cathode materials. In 2019, he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.
John B. Goodenough, born on July 25, 1922, in Jena, Germany, studied mathematics at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, and physics at the University of Chicago, IL, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1952. He then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Goodenough became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK, in 1976. Since 1986, he has been a Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Among the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize and many other honors, John B. Goodenough has received the Japan Prize in 2001, the National Medal of Science in 2011, the Benjamin Franklin Award in Chemistry in 2018, and the Copley Medal from the Royal Society in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemistry Society and a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) grants a John B. Goodenough Award in his honor.
- Theory of the Role of Covalence in the Perovskite-Type Manganites [La, M(II)]MnO3,
John B. Goodenough,
Phys. Rev. 1955, 100, 564.
- The Influence of Chemistry on the B–H Loop Shape, Coercivity, and Flux Reversed Times in Ferrites,
J. B. Goodenough,
Proc. Inst. Electr. Eng. 1957, 104B, 400.
- Metallic oxides,
Prog. Solid State Chem. 1971, 5, 145–399.
- LixCoO2: A new cathode material for batteries of high energy density,
K. Mizushima, P. C. Jones, P. J. Wiseman, J. B. Goodenough,
Mater. Res. Bull. 1980, 15(6), 783–789.
- Conducting-Polymer/Iron-Redox- Couple Composite Cathodes for Lithium Secondary Batteries,
K.-S. Park, S. B. Schougaard, J. B. Goodenough,
Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 848–851.
- Challenges for Rechargeable Li Batteries,
John B. Goodenough, Youngsik Kim,
Chem. Mater. 2010, 22, 587–603.
- The Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery: A Perspective,
John B. Goodenough, Kyu-Sung Park,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 1167–1176.
- A Superior Low-Cost Cathode for a Na-Ion Battery,
Long Wang, Yuhao Lu, Jue Liu, Maowen Xu, Jinguang Cheng, Dawei Zhang, John B. Goodenough,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 1964–1967.
- Nontraditional, Safe, High Voltage Rechargeable Cells of Long Cycle Life,
Maria Helena Braga, Chandrasekar M Subramaniyam, Andrew J. Murchison, John B. Goodenough,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140(20), 6343–6352.
Also of Interest
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019,
The prize was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries
- Ceramic-Polymer Composite Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion Batteries,
Hydrogel-derived framework incorporated into a polymer matrix
- Author Profile: John B. Goodenough,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018.
- Fuel Cells’ Noble Cause,
New design principle for finding fuel-cell catalysts could help preclude the need for expensive noble metals