Stanley Whittingham, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has assured that the war in Ukraine has shown that no country can rely on “others” to guarantee the supply of certain basic resources and that Russia is “shutting off the gas”. gives”, China can. Same with lithium, an essential material for modern batteries.
“We all know that the problem in Ukraine is in the supply chain,” said the scientist on Thursday, who warned of the “risk” of depending on supplies or resources from outside countries, during a press conference held at the school’s St. Santiago de Compostela.
Whittingham, the father of the lithium-ion battery, is visiting the Galician capital, where he delivered a plenary session entitled “Important storage of electrical energy and effects on it”, within the framework of the XXVI edition of the Galician-Portuguese Chemistry Meeting yesterday. Climate change.
This afternoon he will participate in a meeting open to the public discussing the challenges of addressing global extreme weather events in the Abanca Auditorium hosted by the USC ConCiencia Science Outreach Program directed by Professor Jorge Mira.
In the 1970s, Whittingham took an important step towards creating the batteries used today in mobile phones and other portable devices as well as electric cars.
“They achieved an innovative cathode in a lithium battery made of titanium disulfide, which had spaces at the molecular level that could accommodate lithium ions, the key that allows recharging,” he explains from USC.