Donald Sadoway

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA, United States

About Donald


Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born in Toronto, he obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. After a year of postdoctoral study at MIT as a NATO Fellow, he joined the faculty in 1978. The author of over 150 scientific papers and holder of 18 U.S. patents, his basic research centers on electrochemical processes in molten salts, ionic liquids, and polymers. With a markedly environmental focus his applied research is directed towards environmentally sound technologies for the extraction, refining, and recycling of metals, and the development of rechargeable batteries for grid-level storage. From 1995 to 2005 he held a MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest award for excellence in undergraduate education. In 1999 he became the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry. In 2012 he was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto, D. Eng., honoris causa.


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Areas of Expertise

Metallurgy, Electrochemistry, science education, engineering education

An idea worth spreading

at some point in the future when our electricity will be generated without the use of carbon (no coal, no natural gas, etc), all industrial chemistry will become industrial electrochemistry

I'm passionate about

inventing new technology for a sustainable future -- batteries for grid-level storage as well as for electric vehicles; environmentally sound processes for producing metal

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steel, titanium, bulk metallic glass, grid-level storage, electric cars, engineering education, fine wine, cooking