by Julian Spector
October 15, 2019

It's official: Lithium-ion batteries are Nobel Prize-worthy.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded this year's chemistry prize to three scientists who, working separately in different parts of the world, discovered key improvements that eventually unlocked today's era of digital mobility, electric cars and widespread renewable electricity. 

This marks a mass-market pivot for the academy, which spent the last few years awarding the chemical equivalent of obscure art-house flicks ("phage display of peptides and antibodies," anyone?...