Profile of Dr. Akira Yoshino

Dr. Akira Yoshino
Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp.
General Manager, Yoshino Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Corp.
President, Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC)

Overview of Dr. Yoshino's invention of the lithium-ion battery

Recent highlights

April 2014
Dr. Yoshino gives his Draper Prize Lecture at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts.

February 2014
Dr. Yoshino receives the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering in Washington, D.C.

Academic background

March 1970 B.S., Department of Petrochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
March 1972 M.S., Department of Petrochemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
March 2005 Dr.Eng., Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Work career

April 1972 Entered Asahi Kasei Corp.
March 1992 Manager, Product Development Group, Ion Battery Business Promotion Dept., Asahi Kasei Corp.
August 1994 Manager, Technical Development, A&T Battery Corp.
April 1997 Manager, Rechargeable Ion Battery Group, Asahi Kasei Corp.
May 2001 Manager, Battery Materials Business Development Dept., Asahi Kasei Corp.
October 2003 Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corp.*
August 2005 General Manager, Yoshino Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Corp.*
April 2009 General Manager, Battery Materials Business Development Dept., Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp.

* Current position

Major awards and recognitions

March 1999

Fiscal 1998 Chemical Technology Prize from the Chemical Society of Japan for achievements in the development of the lithium-ion battery

October 1999

Battery Division Technology Award from The Electrochemical Society for achievements in pioneering work on lithium-ion battery technology

April 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

October 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
June 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
April 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
April 2004 Medal with Purple Ribbon, from the Government of Japan
November 2011 Yamazaki-Teiichi Prize from the Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan
November 2011 C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation
March 2012 Designation as a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Japan
June 2012 IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
June 2013 The Global Energy Prize
November 2013 The Kato Memorial Prize from the Kato Foundation for Promotion of Science
February 2014 The Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering from The National Academy of Engineering

Notable research reports

Major patents related to the LIB

Patent number Title Filing date
(Registration date)
Inventors
Japanese Patent
No. 1989293
Secondary battery May 10, 1985*
(November 8, 1995)
Akira Yoshino
Kenichi Sanechika
Takayuki Nakajima
Japanese Patent
No. 2128922
Nonaqueous
secondary battery
May 28, 1984
(May 2, 1997)
Akira Yoshino
Kenichi Sanechika
Japanese Patent
No. 2642206
Explosion-proof
secondary battery
December 28, 1989
(May 2, 1997)
Akira Yoshino
Kazuhiko Nakanishi
Akira Ono
Japanese Patent
No. 2668678
Secondary battery November 8, 1986
(July 4, 1997)
Akira Yoshino
Masahiko Shikata
Japanese Patent
No. 3035677
Secondary battery with safety element September 13, 1991
(February 25, 2000)
Akira Yoshino
Katsuhiko Inoue
USP 4,668,595 Secondary battery May 10, 1985*
(May 26, 1987)
Akira Yoshino
Kenichi Sanechika
Takayuki Nakajima

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