AUSTIN (KXAN) - John Goodenough, a mechanical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Goodenough is widely credited for the scientific discovery and development of the lithium-ion rechargeable battery and his continued novel research.
Goodenough was among 84 new members elected into the academy for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
The academy is the country's most prestigious scientific organization, and election into it is one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist in the United States, according to the National Academy of Sciences website.
"Professor Goodenough is an outstanding scientist whose discoveries have led to energy storage technology that has benefited millions around the world and ushered in the modern electronics era," said President Bill Powers. "He is a great asset to our university and to our students."
The battery cathode material Goodenough created in the late 1970s provided enough voltage within a tiny package to make possible many of today's technologies.
Batteries incorporating his cathode materials are used worldwide for cellphones, power tools, laptops, tablets and electric and hybrid vehicles.
Goodenough, who began his engineering career at UT in 1986, has continued his research on ionic conducting solids and electrochemical devices and according to his research group, they have identified an economical cathode material that is safe for power applications such as mobile devices and hybrid electric vehicles.
"Professor Goodenough is leading transformative research and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Gregory L. Fenves. "He exemplifies what we mean when we talk about UT's exceptional faculty who create positive change for our society through education and research."
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