Donald R. Sadoway has been changing the world through science for over 40 years. He is a one-man disruptor dedicated to developing solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Donald Sadoway has been called an international thought leader, a visionary, and a leading developer of battery technology. Taking the approach of extreme electrochemistry, he has moved forward not only new battery chemistries but also innovation in metals extraction with molten oxide electrolysis, a new way to produce steel without CO2 emissions. Mitigating climate change requires radical, rapid solutions that transform our relationship with energy. Donald Sadoway is leading a wave of innovation with extreme electrochemistry and building the technology to get to carbon zero.
GroupSadoway lab, MIT
From the lab bench to commercialization, Donald Sadoway has forged new companies from his inventions.
Ambri, is deploying the Liquid Metal Battery for grid level storage. Boston Metal is creating green steel through the molten oxide electrolysis process. He is a co-inventor of the battery technology behind SES and Avanti, the aluminum sulfur battery.
In 2020, Donald Sadoway and his team founded Sadoway Labs in Boston, Massachusetts, with the goal of advancing battery technologies. Together with his staff of scientists and engineers, they are scaling up the Avanti battery, developing a vertically integrated lithium metal electrode for Pure Lithium, and inventing a radical new battery management system, Sadoway Power.
Donald Sadoway's research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings of technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner.
The overarching theme of his work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media focused on these technological challenges: environmentally sound electrochemical extraction of metals, liquid metal batteries for stationary storage applications, and solid-polymer-electrolyte batteries for portable power applications.
He is currently the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. His GroupSadoway lab at MIT is behind the invention of the Liquid Metal Battery, Molten Oxide Electrolysis, and many other technologies.
He is the inventor on 35 US patents, and author of 175 scientific papers.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OpenCourseware: Introduction to Solid State Chemistry
Donald Sadoway's impact on engineering education has extended well beyond the lecture hall.
Online videos of his lectures in general chemistry hosted by MIT OpenCourseWare, have been viewed thousands of times from around the globe. Bill Gates has been quoted "Don Sadoway, MIT--best chemistry lectures everywhere. Unbelievable."
Donald Sadoway's TED talk, now viewed over 2 million times, is as much about inventing inventors as it is about inventing the Liquid Metal Battery.
Donald Sadoway was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world 2012. That same year he joined Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report for a hilarious discussion about the Liquid Metal Battery.