Donald Sadoway

  • Aired:  10/22/12
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MIT Professor Donald Sadoway plans to minimize the world's oil dependence with the first liquid metal battery. (6:18)

>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A PROFESSOR

OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY FROM THE

DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE

AND ENGINEERING AT MIT.

I'LL ASK HIM WHAT THE HELL I

ZPSH I WILL ASK HIM WHAT THAT

MEANS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PLEASE WELCOME, DONALD SADOWAY!

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WHAT IS THAT -- MATERIAL

CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE,

WHAT DO YOU DEAL WITH?

LIKE ODD STRANGE MATERIAL?

>> NO, IT'S THE SCIENCE OF

INVENTING NEW MATERIALS,

MATERIALS THAT INVOLVE NEW MIXES

OF ATOMS AND WAYS THAT GIVE US

PROPERTIES WE HAVEN'T HAD

BEFORE.

>> STEPHEN: CAN YOU TELL ME

HOW TO GET STIC'EM OFF A GLASS

THAT I BUY AT CRATE AND BARREL?

BECAUSE THAT STUFF WILL SURVIVE

REENTRY.

>> THAT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF

MODERN MATERIAL SCIENCE AT WORK.

>> STEPHEN: DO ALL MODERN

MATERIALS PISS ME OFF AS MUCH AS

THAT?

>> NOT INTENDED TO.

YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE AND

GET THE GOO-OFF STOONCHTS SURE.

GETTING YOU ON THE BACK END.

[ LAUGHTER ]

SIR, YOU'VE GOT A DREAM.

TELL THE PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR DREAM

FOR A MORE PEACEFUL AND

PROSPEROUS WORLD, WHAT IT ALL

RESTS ON.

>> IT THINK A PEACEFUL AND

PROSPEROUS WORLD RESTS ON THE

INVENTION OF MODERN COST

AFFORDABLE BATTERIES THAT CAN

RESTORE THE GRID, ENABLE US TO

USE PHOTO WIND TO DRAW

ELECTRICITY FROM THE SUN WHEN

THE SUN DOESN'T SHINE AND ALLOW

US TO DRIVE CARS HUNDREDS OF

MILES ON A SINGLE CAR AND REDUCE

THE DEPENDENCE ON PETROLEUM.

>> STEPHEN: YOU CREATED THIS

LIQUID MET CALL BATTERY?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> STEPHEN: THIS SAY PRETO

TYPE.

WHAT IS HAPPEN SOMETHING IN WHAT

IS THIS?

IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY

UNAPPETIZING GRILLED CHEESE

SANDWICH.

LA OF LAUGH.

>> IT'S INEDIBLE.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY.

IT'S INEDIBLE?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: SO I CAN'T EAT

THIS?

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: IS IT POISONOUS.

>> IT'S INEDIBLE.

>> STEPHEN: YOU WON'T GOOD SO

FAR AS TO POISONOUS.

>> THE METAL ON THE TOP IS

MAGNESIUM AND THE BODY NEEDS

MAGNESIUM BUT THE METAL ON THE

BOTTOM IS ANDIMOD.

WE SHOULDN'T INGEST THAT.

>> STEPHEN: WHY DO WE NEED

BATTERY SNRCHLZ THE BATTERIES OF

TODAY ARE FAR TOO EXPENSIVE OR

LAST LONG ENOUGH.

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR

LAPTOP COMPUTER AND YOUR CELL

PHONE.

>> STEPHEN: I TAKE THOSE ABOUT

THEORIES OUT AND I BURN THEM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

YOU ARE A BRAVE MAN TO BE HERE

BECAUSE CERTAINLY SOMEONE AT

EXXON MOBILE HAVE MUST HAVE A

HIT OUT FOR YOU.

IS THIS GOING TO REPLACE WHAT

WE'RE USING NOW?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: IS THAT A PIPE

DREAM?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HOW DID YOU GET GUYS STARTED IS

THIS SOLYNDRA MONEY?

IS THIS OBAMA STIMULUS MONEY

THAT BUILT THE BATTERY?

>> THERE WAS STIMULUS MONEY.

>> STEPHEN: YOU JUST ADMITTED

IT'S STIMULUS MONEY AND THAT ALL

WENT TO SOLYNDRA.

PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS.

THERE'S A DIVISION OF DEPARTMENT

OF ENERGY.

>> STEPHEN: YOU ARE LAUGHING

BECAUSE I BUSTED YOU.

YOU ARE TOTALLY NAILED RIGHT

NOW.

>> NO, THERE'S A DIVISION OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THAT FUNDS

BASIC RESEARCH, WHICH I THINK IS

THE LEGITIMATE ROLE OF

GOVERNMENT STOONCHTS SPEAKING OF

BASIC RESEARCH CAN'T I MAKE THIS

THING BY PUTTING TWO NAILS IN A

LEMON.

STHNT A BATTERY?

>> IT'S A BATTERY IF THE NAILS

ARE OF DIFFERENT COMPOSITION.

IF YOU TAKE TWO SIMILAR NAILS

YOU WON'T GET ANY VOLTAGE, NO.

>> STEPHEN: SO YOU BUILT A

BETTER LEMON?

>> NO A BETTER BATTERY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> STEPHEN: WHAT HAPPENS IF I

TAKE A SLICE OF THIS AND PUT IT

IN MY COCKTAIL?

>> AH --

>> STEPHEN: YOU DON'T GET

QUESTIONS LIKE THIS AT MIT, DO

YOU?

>> NO, NO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THIS IS A DIFFERENT LINE OF

INTERROGATION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> STEPHEN: YOU SAY LIKE NEW

BATTERIES CAN LEAD TO WORLD

PEACE.

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: HOW DOES A NEW

BATTERY LEAD TO WORLD PEACE?

>> ENOUGH BATTERIES EVERYWHERE

TO BRICK RENEWABLE SOURCES OF

EMERGENCY TO THE GRID AND USE

THAT TO POWER ELECTRICITY

VEHICLES, YOU GOWRING TO TOPPLE

DICTATORS, MAKE THINGS VERY,

VERY DIFFERENT WHEN THE PRICE OF

OIL GOES BACK TO $20 A BARREL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: WELL, SIR --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SOME ARE OF US HEAVILY INVESTED

IN OIL COMPANIES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I'M NOT SAYING WE'RE NOT

GOING TO USE OIL I'M GOING TO

MAKE IT NO LONGER A STRATEGIC

COMMODITY.

WE WANT A BALANCE, A RICH MIX OF

OIL, GAS, NUCLEAR RENEWABLE.

IT'S NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL.

WE DON'T WANT TO BE FULLY

DEPENDENT ON ONE SOURCE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE USING

STUDENTS AT MIRKS, T AS YOUR

WORK FORCE RIGHT NOW.

>> YES?

YOU DON'T PAY THEM, DO YOU?

>> YES, THEY GET A STIPULATE

YEND THEY GET THEIR TUITION PAID

FOR.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

JUST TREAT THEM LIKE INTERNS.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

IF THIS THING TAKES OFF ARE YOU

A GAJILLIONAIRE?

>> MAYBE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: NOW I GET MY BEAK

WET BECAUSE I'M MARKETING THIS,

RIGHT?

WE'LL TALK AFTER THE SHOW.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

PROFESSOR DONALD SADO

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