M. Stanley Whittingham, professor of chemistry and of materials science, has been appointed to the rank of distinguished professor — the highest honor possible in the SUNY system. He is a pioneer in the development of lithium ion batteries.
As director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center that operates out of Stony Brook — established by the Department of Energy and funded with a five-year, $17 million grant — Whittingham expects to continue his research at least through the end of the grant. “We’re basically building a fundamental understanding of electrochemical energy storage. … I just had my 70th birthday and with another two-and-half years to go, I think we can make some big strides in energy in that time,” he says.