Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to John Goodenough of The University of Texas at Austin - UT News Mega-congrats to UT professor John Goodenough, co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the development of lithium-ion batteries. UT-Austin now has 12 affiliated persons (faculty or alumni) who have won the Nobel Prize, more than any school in Texas. List of Nobel laureates by university affiliation II - Wikipedia “Billions of people around the world benefit every day from John’s innovations,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin and former dean of the Cockrell School. “In addition to being a world-class inventor, he’s an outstanding teacher, mentor and researcher. We are grateful for John’s three decades of contributions to UT Austin’s mission.” *** "In 1979, Goodenough showed that by using lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode of a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, it would be possible to achieve a high density of stored energy with an anode other than metallic lithium. This discovery led to the development of carbon-rich materials that allow for the use of stable and manageable negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries."