Unfortunately Dr. Goodenough is unable to attend and had to cancel his trip.
The Clean Energy Institute is pleased to host Dr. John B. Goodenough, who is widely credited for the identification and development of the Li-ion rechargeable battery that is prominent in nearly all of our portable electronic devices. Prof. Goodenough was recently named a 2015 Citation Laureate by Thomson Reuters, which identifies the most influential researchers who are likely winners of the Nobel Prize now or in the future.
After receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1952, John B. Goodenough was a Group Leader at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he helped to develop the ferrimagnetic spinels used in the first RAM memory of the digital computer. In the course of this work, he identified structural transitions caused by cooperative orbital ordering and he developed the rules for the sign of the interatomic spin-spin magnetic interactions. In the subsequent decade, Goodenough explored the magnetic and transport properties of transition-metal compounds, including the transition from localized to itinerant electron behavior where strong electron-lattice interactions give rise to static or dynamic charge-density waves.
These studies were summarized in his two books Magnetism and the Chemical Bond and Les oxydes des métaux de transition, translated from his long review titled Metallic Oxides. With the first oil crisis in the early 1970s, Goodenough turned to the study of energy materials. Called in 1976 to head the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, UK, he developed in England the layered Li1-xCoO2 for the cathode of a rechargeable Li-ion battery; it was used in the battery of the first cell telephone marketed by the SONY Corporation that launched the wireless revolution. Goodenough subsequently identified two other transition-metal oxide structures, spinel and ordered olivine, that are also used as cathodes in commercial Li-ion batteries.
In 1986, Goodenough took the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he has returned to his fundamental studies of transition-metal oxides and continued work on materials for rechargeable batteries and fuel cells.