From laptops to smartphones, lithium-ion batteries power some of the most commonly used devices. Electric vehicles were made possible because of the development of these batteries, and wireless communication has flourished because of the technology.
\\"Live to 97 (years old) and you can do anything,\\" Goodenough said in a statement. \\"I\\'m honored and humbled to win the Nobel Prize. I thank all my friends for the support and assistance throughout my life.\\"
Even at the age of 97, he continues to develop new polymers and battery concepts with researchers in his lab. He is now largely focused on developing all-solid-state batteries as they can offer better safety, according to Arumugam Manthiram, a longtime colleague from UT Austin.
Whittingham developed the first functional lithium battery in the early 1970s, but Goodenough was able to double the battery\\'s potential in 1980 by using lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode of a lithium-ion battery, the foundation said. Using Goodenough\\'s cathode as a basis, Yoshino created the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery five years later.
\\"I\\'m extremely happy the lithium-ion batteries (have) helped communications around the world,\\" Goodenough said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. \\"We are indeed happy that people use this for good and not evil.\\"