UT in­ven­tor Good­e­nough on verge of revo­lu­tion in bat­tery tech

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Marty Toohey mtoohey@states­man.com

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.

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