Abstract

"This research project is about the increasing importance of lithium due to its use in batteries and its role in brain chemistry, both drawing on knowledge about lithium"s molecular properties. I focus ethnographically on experts in biomedicine and chemical engineering, researching the biochemistry of lithium, and setting up a lithium industrialization project in Bolivia. I am interested in how they mediate tensions between different scales at which lithium is coming to matter at this juncture."

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