Akshat Rathi

Akshat Rathi

Akshat Rathi is a London-based reporter for Quartz, where he covers science, energy, and environment. He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.

In 2018, he won Journalist of the Year at the Drum’s Online Media Awards ceremony, he was a finalist for the John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental journalism, and he was shortlisted for British Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers. Before that, he has won fellowships from Columbia University and City University of New York to enhance his reporting work. He currently serves on the advisory panel of the Cairncross Review on the sustainability of high quality journalism in the UK.

Previously, he was The Conversation’s science editor and has worked at The Economist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His writings have also been published in Nature, The Hindu, The Guardian, Ars Technica, and Chemistry World, among others.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 7, 2018

As the auto industry shifts toward electric vehicles and the electricity grid draws more energy from variable renewables, high-capacity, high-performance and affordable batteries are becoming one of the most important areas of technological innovation needed to reduce carbon emissions.