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BU professor who invented lithium-ion battery elected to the National Academy of Engineering

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Binghamton University professor who invented the lithium-ion battery has earned a prestigious national honor.

Stan Whittingham, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Whittingham is one of 83 new members and the first from BU.

He developed and patented rechargeable lithium-ion batteries while working for Exxon in the 1970's and 80's.

That technology is now used in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as smart phones and tablets.

New York State recently awarded his department 1 million dollars to develop a pilot battery manufacturing facility on campus.

"We expect to be in business by this Fall.  Also, in Endicott, there are plans for a battery giga-factory which comes out of the same technology we're doing here.  And that's being run by one of my ex-post docs.  We hope to go all the way from basic understanding to a commercial plan and hopefully make money for the region," said Whittingham.

Whittingham, whose been at the university since 1988, says that besides the personal prestige that comes with his induction, membership in the National Academy will likely make it easier for him to bring grants and research funding to BU.

Whittingham will be formally inducted in September.

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