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Donald R. Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Metallurgy

John F. Elliott Professor of Metallurgy

Donald R. Sadoway
John F. Elliott Professor of Metallurgy

Donald R. Sadoway, the John F. Elliot professor of metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, researches energy storage and battery technology, how to store energy in automobiles and in stationary objects, and also how to extract metal ores and recycle metals. He is one of the most popular teachers at the Institute and has won repeated awards for his teaching, including the MacVicar Fellowship. He teaches 3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, a class taken by more than half of the freshman class, and sometimes referred to as “309-fun”. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Innovative teaching methods: the incorporation of music, art, and history into the chemistry classroom.
  • Balance of effective teaching with research at MIT.
  • Educational and social differences between the US and Canada.
  • Evolution of the field of materials science and that of the metals industry.
  • Research in energy storage technology and the liquid metal battery.

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