Japan Scientist Yoshino Receives Nobel Medal at Ceremony

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Stockholm, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, 71, received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with two cowinners, at an award ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday, for their contributions in the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Yoshino, honorary fellow of Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, received the Nobel Prize medal and award certificate from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The two cowinners are John B. Goodenough, 97, of University of Texas and M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, of Binghamton University, State University of New York.

"I feel great," Yoshino said after the ceremony.

In 1983, Yoshino created a prototype of a lithium-ion battery using polyacetylene, a type of conductive plastic, for the negative electrode and lithium cobalt oxide for the positive electrode.

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