Esther Takeuchi

SUNY Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University

Energy Sciences Directorate, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry at Stony Brook University. She also has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory as Chief Scientist in the Global and Regional Solutions Directorate.

Prior to her academic appointment, she was employed at Greatbatch, Inc., where her achievements in lithium battery research, particularly on cells for implantable applications, led to a number of key technological developments, including the lithium/silver vanadium oxide (Li/SVO) battery, which powers the majority of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). A prolific inventor, she holds over 150 patents.

Dr. Takeuchi is a member of National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards for her research achievements. In 2009, Dr. Takeuchi was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama. In May, 2011 she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She was elected as a Charter Member of the National Academy of Innovation in 2013. She also received the E. V Murphree Award and Astellas Award from the American Chemical Society. She is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and received the Battery Technology Award.

Dr. Takeuchi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in chemistry and history and completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at the Ohio State University. She completed post-doctoral research at the University of North Carolina and University at Buffalo. Her research focus is novel power sources including development of new materials and investigation of faradaic and non-faradaic mechanisms relevant to battery systems.