Prof. Donald R Sadoway

John F Elliott Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Primary DLC

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Room: 8-203


Vaciane Simeon

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Grid-Scale Storage of Electrical Energy
Environmentally Sound Processes for the Extraction of Metals
Lithium Solid Polymer Electrolyte Batteries
Physical Chemistry of Cryogenic Liquids
Molten Salt Chemistry
Chemical Metallurgy
Fused Salt Chemistry
Resource Recovery by Electrochemical Processing
Extraction, Refining, and Recycling of Metals
Treatment of Metallurgical Waste
Chemical Processing of Materials
Energy Storage

Research Summary

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: environmentally sound electrochemical extraction and recycling of metals, lithium solid-polymer-electrolyte batteries, advanced materials for use as electrodes, separators, and walls in fused-salt electrolysis cells and batteries, electrochemical sensors, electrochemical synthesis of thin films of compound semiconductors in fused-salt and cryogenic media, and electrochemically controlled superconducting devices.

Related to these are the following topics in fundamental research: the physical chemistry and electrochemistry of molten salts (including molten oxides), cryogenic electrolytes, and solid polymer electrolytes.

Recent Work