Scientist Ernesto Julio Calvo (Argentina) who invented Inquimae - a new way of extracting lithium that is powered by solar energy and is quicker and cleaner than any existing technology - won the first prize in the Bright Minds Challenge.
For many years the battery industry had tried and failed to develop a safe rechargeable Lithium battery. It was Goodenough who realized that the problem could be solved by fabricating a discharged cell with an oxide cathode.
As a result his oxide cathodes and underlying fabrication strategy are now used in modern rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for almost all consumer electronics - and perhaps even the device you’re using to read this story now.
Now Goodenough is working on new battery technology that can transform our ability to harness the Sun’s energy and reduce our dependence on oil. In the quest to replace fossil fuels, he explains, “It’s important not to let your ideas get…fossilized.”