Plenary Speakers

Dr. Akira Yoshino

Advisor, Asahi Kasei Corp.
President, Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC)
Visiting Professor, Research and Education Center for Advanced Energy Materials, Devices,
and Systems, Kyushu University

Dr. Yoshino, a native of Japan, was born on January 30, 1948, and earned a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from the Department of Petroleum Chemistry at Kyoto University in 1970 and 1972, respectively. In 1972, he joined the research organization of Asahi Kasei Corp. in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, where he engaged in research on functional polymers and electronic materials. In 1981, he started a research effort on high-energy-density secondary batteries. In 1985, he invented a new battery system of C/LiCoO2, which would become known as the lithium-ion battery (LIB). He also developed a range of basic technologies required to make the LIB practical, such as methods to fabricate electrodes using metal foil current collectors, microporous separators made of polyethylene, carbonate-based electrolytes, safety devices, and charging methods.

In 1992 he moved to A&T Battery Corp., a joint venture between Asahi Kasei and Toshiba for commercial LIB manufacture. In 1996, he returned to Asahi Kasei and continued further LIB research. He is now an Asahi Kasei Adviser. He also serves as President of the Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC), and as Visiting Professor Kyusyu University.