UT inventor Goodenough on verge of revolution in battery tech
John Goodenough, the University of Texas physicist whose lithium-ion battery research ushered in the era of modern portable electronics, says he and his colleagues think they have just made a similarly important breakthrough.
The research team has developed the first “all-solid-state battery cells,” which could enable an all-electric car to cover many times the distance it now can, as well as charging in minutes instead of hours. The new technology could also mean significantly better batteries in everything from cellphones to largescale energy storage, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.
“We believe our discovery solves many of the problems that are inherent in today’s batteries,” said Goodenough, a professor in UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering.