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Article Released Mon-18th-June-2018 09:00 GMT
Contact: Mikiko Tanifuji Institution: National Institute for Materials Science
 Japan pivotal to advancing solid-state ionics [Asia Research News 2018 Moments in History]

The field of solid-state ionics originated in Europe, but Takehiko Takahashi of Nagoya University in Japan was the first to coin the term ‘solid ionics’ in 1967.

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The largest commercial application of solid-state ionics is lithium-ion batteries, which Sony commercialized around 1990. The lithium-ion batteries pictured were used in some of the early Kyocera cellular phones.
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‘Solid-state ionics’ first appeared in 1971 in another of his papers, and was likely a play on ‘solid-state electronics’, another rapidly growing field at the time. Over the decades, Japanese researchers have expanded the understanding of ionic conduction in solid compounds involving lithium, sodium-sulphur and perovskite structures. These findings have led to the development of a variety of sensors and batteries, many of which are designed or manufactured in Japan, according to a review in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. For example, Sony first commercialized lithium-ion batteries in 1990. NGK Insulators, Ltd. commercialized sodium-sulphur batteries to store renewable energy in 2002. Japan also supplies two-thirds of the world’s zirconia-based oxygen sensors, which help control combustion conditions in cars.

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Professor Osamu Yamamoto | E-mail: yamamoto@chem.mie-u.ac.jp
Graduate School of Engineering
Mie University

Mikiko Tanifuji | E-mail: Tanifuji.Mikiko@nims.go.jp
Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
National Institute for Materials Science
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