Donald Robert Sadoway, Ph.D.

Donald Sadoway

Title: Materials Science Educator
Company: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Donald Robert Sadoway, Ph.D., Materials Science Educator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in materials science and higher education.

Utilizing more than four decades of practiced experience in materials science and academia, Dr. Sadoway has been serving as a John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1999, as well as a professor of materials chemistry since 1992. In his unique positions, he has focused his research on environmentally sound ways to extract metals from ore and radically new battery chemistries. Driven by his desire to create a sustainable future, he specializes in electrochemistry in nonaqueous media. Prior to these roles, he was an associate professor from 1982 to 1992 and an assistant professor of materials engineering from 1978 to 1982. During his tenure at MIT, he also served as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow from 1995 to 2005. In addition to these positions, he founded two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical.

Certified in chemical metallurgy, Dr. Sadoway holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in engineering science, a Master of Applied Science in chemical metallurgy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical metallurgy from the University of Toronto. The former associate editor of the Journal of Materials Research for a decade, he has contributed over 170 articles on electrochemistry and physical chemistry to professional journals and he holds 24 U.S. patents in the field. He is also the inventor of the liquid metal battery for large-scale stationary storage, having also devised a reactor for the production of metal from ore by molten oxide electrolysis. He maintains affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Electrochemical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry, the Materials Research Society and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He is also an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

The presenter of a TED Talk on the liquid metal battery in Long Beach, CA, in 2012, which has garnered over 1,800,000 views, Dr. Sadoway has accrued numerous accolades throughout his career. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.  He also received the Bose Award from MIT, five Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards from MIT, the Professor T.B. King Memorial Award from MIT, and a NATO postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council of Canada. Likewise, he was a Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology with AT&T for two years.

The proud father of three children, Dr. Sadoway is a native of Toronto, Canada. He has been highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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