Akira Yoshino

Akira Yoshino
2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Credentials
1970
B.S., Department of Petrochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1972
M.S., Department of Petrochemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
2005
Dr.Eng., Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
About
  • Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp.
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Fellow
  • Director of Global Zero Emission Research Center, Department of Energy and Environment
  • President, Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC)
  • Distinguished Professor and Visiting Professor of Transdisciplinary Research and Education Center for Green Technologies, Kyushu University
  • Distinguished Professor and Professor of Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University

Akira Yoshino is a Japanese chemist. He is an honorary fellow of Asahi Kasei Corporation and a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya. He created the first safe, production-viable lithium-ion battery which became used widely in cellular phones and notebook computers.

At Kyoto University, Dr Yoshino was a member of the laboratory headed by the late Professor Teijiro Yonezawa, the first disciple of Kenichi Fukui, who in 1981 became Japan's first chemistry laureate.

He was a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019 and shared the prize with two other researchers — Dr John B Goodenough of the University of Texas, and Dr M Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University, a part of the State University of New York — all recognized for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Yoshino spent his entire non-academic career at Asahi Kasei Corporation. Immediately after graduating with his master's degree in 1972, Yoshino began working at Asahi Kasei. He began work in the Kawasaki Laboratory in 1982 and was promoted to manager of product development for ion batteries in 1992. In 1994, he became manager of technical development for the LIB manufacturer A&T Battery Corp., a joint venture company of Asahi Kasei and Toshiba. Asahi Kasei made him a fellow in 2003 and, in 2005, general manager of his own laboratory. Since 2017, he has been a professor at Meijo University and his status at Asahi Kasei changed to honorary fellow.

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Experience
Apr 1972
Entered Asahi Kasei Corp.
Oct 1982
Kawasaki Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Corp.
Mar 1992
Manager, Product Development Group, Ion Battery Business Promotion Dept., Asahi Kasei Corp.
Aug 1994
Manager, Technical Development, A&T Battery Corp.
Apr 1997
Manager, Rechargeable Ion Battery Group, Asahi Kasei Corp. May 2001 Manager, Battery Materials Business Development Dept., Asahi Kasei Corp.
Oct 2003
Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp.
Aug 2005
General Manager, Yoshino Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Corp.
Apr 2010
President, Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC) (-present)
October 2015
Advisor, Asahi Kasei Corp.
Jul 2017
Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University (-present)
October 2017
Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp. (-present)
Apr 2018
Visiting Professor, Research and Education Center for Green Technologies, Kyushu University (-present)
Dec 2019
Distinguished Professor, Kyushu University (-present)
Jan 2020
AIST Fellow (-present)
Jan 2020
Director, Global Zero Emission Research Center, Department of Energy and Environment (-present)
Feb 2020
Distinguished Professor, Meijo University (-present)
Awards
Mar 1999
Fiscal 1998 Chemical Technology Prize from the Chemical Society of Japan for achievements in the development of the lithium-ion battery
Oct 1999
Battery Division Technology Award from The Electrochemical Society for achievements in pioneering work on lithium-ion battery technology
Apr 2001
Ichimura Prizes in Industry—Meritorious Achievement Prize, from the New Technology Development Foundation (Ichimura Foundation) for achievements in the development and commercialization of the lithium-ion battery
Oct 2001
Kanto-block Commendation for Invention—Encouragement Prize of Invention of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation
Jun 2002
National Commendation for Invention—Invention Prize of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation
Apr 2003
Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology—Prize for Science and Technology, Development Category, from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Apr 2004
Medal with Purple Ribbon, from the Government of Japan
Nov 2011
Yamazaki-Teiichi Prize from the Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan, for the development and commercialization of the lithium-ion secondary battery
Nov 2011
C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation, for pioneering contribution to the development and commercialization of the lithium-ion battery
Mar 2012
Designation as a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Japan
Jun 2012
IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, for developing the lithium-ion battery, which enables significant fuel conservation and reduced emissions as power storage for electric vehicles and for smart grids incorporating renewables
Jun 2013
The Global Energy Prize
Nov 2013
The Kato Memorial Prize from the Kato Foundation for Promotion of Science, for development and commercialization of technology for the lithium-ion battery
Feb 2014
The Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering from The National Academy of Engineering
Oct 2014
Executive Contribution Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan
Sep 2016
The NIMS Award 2016 from the National Institute for Materials Science April 2018
Apr 2018
The Japan Prize
Jun 2019
The European Inventor Award
Nov 2019
The Order of Culture, Person of Cultural Merit December 2019
Dec 2019
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry