Donald Sadoway

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PRESENT POSITION John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 8-203

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


Telephone: +1.617.253.3487;  fax: +1.617.253.5418;  e-mail:



DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH   March 7, 1950;  Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


CITIZENSHIP  United States and Canada



doctor honoris causa, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2014

D. Eng., honoris causa, University of Toronto, 2013

Ph.D., Chemical Metallurgy, University of Toronto, 1977

M.A.Sc., Chemical Metallurgy, University of Toronto, 1973

B.A.Sc., Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 1972



Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications, 2014

Time 100 Most Influential People in the World, 2012

Lightspeed Venture Partners Professional Development Award for Research on Grid-Level Energy Storage, 2009, 2011

Honorary Professor of Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing

Edward Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2004

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, elected Member 2001 -

John F. Elliott Chair in Materials Chemistry, MIT 1999 -

Bose Award for Teaching, School of Engineering, MIT 1997

MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT 1995 - 2005

AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow, MIT 1994 - 1995

MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award 1993, 1988, 1987, 1984, and 1982

Prof. T.B. King Memorial Award, Dept. Mat. Sci. & Eng., MIT 1986

Alcoa Foundation Professional Development Award 1980   1983

NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1977 - 1978



The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

The Electrochemical Society

The Materials Research Society

International Society of Electrochemistry

The Iron and Steel Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science



Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992 - present.  Courses taught:  Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, freshman level; Chemical Metallurgy, senior level; Kinetic Processes in Materials, graduate level; Electrochemical Processing of Materials, graduate level.

Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982   1992.  Courses taught:  as above.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978   1982.  Courses taught:  as above.

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977   1978.

Teaching Assistant in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Toronto, 1972   1976.  Courses taught:  Metallurgical Thermodynamics; Kinetics of Metallurgical Processes; Electrochemistry; all undergraduate level.



Professor Sadoway’s research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. This spans engineering applications and the supportive fundamental science. The overarching theme of his work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media.

Specific topics in applied research are the following: liquid metal batteries for grid-level storage, environmentally sound electrochemical extraction and recycling of metals, solid-polymer-electrolyte batteries for portable power, and advanced materials for use as electrodes in metal-producing electrolysis cells.

The related fundamental research is the physical chemistry and electrochemistry of molten salts (including molten oxides and sulfides), ionic liquids, and solid polymer electrolytes.



Ph.D., 1977, University of Toronto, “Thermodynamic properties of some alkali metal hexachloroniobates and hexachlorotantalates, and the separa¬tion of tantalum from niobium.”

M.A.Sc., 1973, University of Toronto, “Thermodynamic properties of manganese dichloride in ternary solutions with sodium chloride and cesium chloride.”

B.A.Sc., 1972, University of Toronto, “Thermodynamic properties of the binary solutions, MnCl2 NaCl and MnCl2 CsCl.”



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