Donald R. Sadoway




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.

Selected Publications

P.E. Trapa, B. Huang, D.R. Sadoway, and A.M. Mayes, "Block Copolymer Electrolytes Synthesized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) for Solid-State, Thin-Film Lithium Batteries," Electrochem. Solid-State Lett., 5 (5) A85–A88 (2002).

H. Zhu and D.R. Sadoway, "Synthesis of Nanoscale Particles of Ta and Nb3Al by Homogeneous Reduction in Liquid Ammonia," J. Mater. Res.,16 (9), 2544–2549 (2001).

N.A. Fried, K.G. Rhoads, and D.R. Sadoway, "Transference Number Measurements of TiO2 - BaO Melts by Stepped-Potential Chronoamperometry," Electrochim. Acta, 46 (22), 3351–3358 (2001).

B. Huang, C.C. Cook, S. Mui, P.P. Soo, D.H. Staelin, A.M. Mayes, D.R. Sadoway, "High energy density, thin-film, rechargeable lithium batteries for marine field operations," J. Power Sources, 97–98, 674–676 (2001).

H. Zhu and D.R. Sadoway, "Towards Elimination of Anode Effect and PFC Emissions via Current Shunting," Light Metals 2001, J.L. Anjier, editor, TMS, Warrendale, PA, 2001, pp. 303–307.

D.R. Sadoway, "Materials Science as a Vehicle for Teaching Mainstream Chemistry," J. Mater. Ed., 21(1&2), 5–10 (1999).

P.P. Soo, B. Huang, Y-I. Jang, Y-M. Chiang, D.R. Sadoway, and A.M. Mayes, "Rubbery Block Copolymer Electrolytes for Solid-state Rechargeable Batteries," J. Electrochem. Soc., 146 (1), 32–37 (1999).

T.H. Okabe and D.R. Sadoway, "Metallothermic Reduction as an Electronically Mediated Reaction," J. Mater. Res., 13 (12), 3372–3377 (1998).

S.L. Schiefelbein, N.A. Fried, K.G. Rhoads, and D.R. Sadoway, "A high-accuracy, calibration-free technique for measuring the electrical conductivity of liquids," Rev. Sci. Instrum., 69 (9), 3308–3313 (1998).

G.J. Kipouros and D.R. Sadoway, "Towards New Technologies for the Production of Lithium," JOM, 50 (5) 24–26 (1998).

G. Ceder, Y-M. Chiang, D.R. Sadoway, M.K. Aydinol, Y-I. Jang, and B. Huang, "Identification of cathode materials for lithium batteries guided by first-principles calculations," Nature, 392, 694–696 (1998).

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