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NYSUT & UUP-Represented Binghamton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Chemistry

Published Thursday, October 10, 2019
by Labor News Services & Staff
NYSUT & UUP-Represented Binghamton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Chemistry

(BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and United University Professions (UUP) are congratulating M. Stanley Whittingham, a distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Binghamton University, on winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Whittingham, a long-time UUP Member who has served on the Binghamton Chapter’s Executive Board, received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering research that led to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

“Professor Whittingham exemplifies the hard work of our Higher Education Faculty across the State and their dedication to pioneering new ideas and research that will advance our society as a whole,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “This is precisely the kind of work done by our UUP Faculty that makes New York Colleges and Universities so sought after by students from around the State, country and globe.  We applaud Professor Whittingham and his fellow Nobel laureates for their work and for receiving this prestigious award.”

“Professor Whittingham is an outstanding, groundbreaking Chemist and a strong Unionist who understands and reflects the importance of being a Union Member in word and deed,” UUP President Fred Kowal said. “We are proud of his work, which will benefit us all.  Professor Whittingham is a shining example of what makes SUNY great - its people.”

Whittingham was awarded the Nobel Prize alongside fellow Researchers John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University in Japan and Ashai Kasei Corporation.

According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Whittingham has worked on developing methods that could lead to fossil fuel-free energy technologies.  Whittingham’s work led to the discovery of an energy-rich material, which he used to create an innovative cathode in a lithium battery.  That cathode was the basis for work by Goodenough and Yoshino that led to the creation of commercially available lithium-ion batteries used today.

“I am overcome with gratitude at receiving this award and I honestly have so many people to thank I don’t know where to begin,” Whittingham said. “The research I have been involved with for over thirty years has helped advance how we store and use energy at a foundational level, and it is my hope that this recognition will help to shine a much-needed light on the Nation’s energy future.”

Whittingham has been at Binghamton University since 1988 and has earned a reputation nationally and internationally as an innovative Scientist.  He has been a world leader in the development of lithium-ion batteries, and he holds the original patent on the concept of using intercalation chemistry in high-power density, highly reversible lithium batteries, which laid the foundation for discoveries that led to the lithium-ion batteries used today.

Since coming to Binghamton, he has received more than $7 million in Federal Research Grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

At Binghamton, Whittingham helped build the University’s Materials Science and Engineering Program.

NYSUT represents more than 78,000 active Academic Faculty and other Professional Staff Members who work at SUNY, CUNY, community college and private campuses across New York.  The statewide Union has more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care.  NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the AFL-CIO.

UUP represents 42,000 Academic and Professional Faculty and Retirees, with Members at 29 New York State-operated campuses, including SUNY’s Public Teaching Hospitals and Health Sciences Centers in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Long Island and Syracuse.  It is an affiliate of NYSUT, as well as the AFT, NEA and the AFL-CIO.


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