Berkeley Lab

Prof. Stan Whittingham

“Beyond Lithium-Ion: A Reality Check”

Stan Whittingham is a professor of chemistry and materials science at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Educated at Oxford University, in 1968, he joined Stanford University and in 1971 won the Young Author Award of the Electrochemical Society for his work on the solid electrolyte beta-alumina. In 1972, he joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company; he discovered there the role of intercalation in battery reactions, which resulted in the first commercial lithium rechargeable batteries. He won the Battery Research Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2002, and was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2004. In 2007, he co-chaired the battery section of the US DOE Workshop on Energy Storage, and presented its recommendations in the April 2008 issue of the Materials Research Society Bulletin. The last has now been converted into a text book with Cambridge University Press. In 2010 he received the NERM award of the American Chemical Society for his contributions to chemistry, and in 2012 the IBA award for lifetime contributions to battery science. In 2011 he became the Director of the Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center.