Dr. Austen Angell was born in Canberra, Australia. He attended Melbourne University for tertiary education after high school and after receiving his B. Sc. And M. Sc. Degrees, an opportunity to study high temperature molten salt Chemistry in the laboratory of John Bockris at the University of Pennsylvania arose, and was taken up. Although his original plan was to return to Australia to write up the research for a Melbourne PhD, this plan was sidelined when a post-doc offer from London University’s Imperial College came along. After two and a half years of working on diffusion and conductivity in metal-molten salt solutions, punctuated with a six-month break travelling across Africa, he wrote a PhD thesis that was awarded the biennial Armstrong Medal for research at Imperial College.
He then returned to Australia, Melbourne University, as an instructor and started working on the glass-forming molten salts. The results he got from his studies were startling to the US molten salt community and he headed to the US as a post-doctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.
After Argonne, the possibility of a faculty position at Purdue University came up, and his application was successful. Angell, with the help of a few talented students, then studies glass-forming aqueous solutions and came up against the anomalous and paradoxical behavior of pure water in its supercooled domain.
After some 20 years at Purdue studying molecular and ionic glass-formers, and battery electrolytes, Angell moved to Arizona State University where the Materials Chemistry interests run high.
After 30 years at ASU, and may technological Society recognitions, Angell is still active in research, working with a smaller but still innovative group who have just introduced a new solid state, single-ion-conducting lithium electrolyte, and a new criterion for assessing when effective proton transfer has been achieved in the formation of true protic ionic liquids.
The video Award Ceremony of Prof Austen Angell at SIPS 2019. Dr Florian Kongoli presides upon the official ceremony
Full biography: https://www.flogen.org/sips2019/pdf/Austen_Angell_Bio.pdf
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