Esther S. Takeuchi

Esther Takeuchi.

Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi is a leading scientist in energy storage and battery development world-wide. She is a recipient of the Presidential level, National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Charter Member of the National Academy of Innovation. 

She is a SUNY Distinguished Professor and holds the William and Jane Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment in the Departments of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stony Brook University. She also has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory as Chief Scientist in the Energy Sciences 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. Her work was instrumental in the successful development of the lithium/silver vanadium oxide (Li/SVO) battery which is the power source of life-saving implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). The battery technology enabled the widespread adoption of ICDs and remains critical as >300,000 devices are implanted per year. Dr. Takeuchi is a prolific inventor with > 150 patents. 

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. She received the E. V Murphree Award and Astellas Award from the American Chemical Society and the Electrochemical Society Battery Division Technology award. She is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Lecture Title: Energy Storage: A Keystone in the Renewable Energy Future

Thursday, November 16th, 1:00 - 2:45pm

Davis 101

North Campus


12:30pm - 1:00pm
Refreshments in Bansal Atrium

1:00pm - 1:15pm
Introduction and Comments by Provost Charles Zukoski

1:15pm - 2:00pm
RENEW Distinguished Lecture

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Fireside Chat with Dean Liesl Folks

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Distinguished Lecture Recognition