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Mercedes-Benz Research Development North America to Support Advanced Power Sources Lab at Stony Brook University

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences announces a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research Development North America (MBRDNA) to provide corporate support to the Stony Brook University Advanced Power Sources Laboratory, directed by Professor Esther Takeuchi, to enable basic research advancing alternative high capacity anode materials for lithium ion type batteries in the Takeuchi laboratories.  The research is done collaboratively involving SUNY Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Kenneth Takeuchi and Research Professor Amy Marschilok, the Principal Investigators in the Takeuchi Research Group .

The Advanced Power Sources Laboratory provides comprehensive capabilities in power source research, characterization, evaluation, and testing. State-of-the-art equipment and software are available to perform a wide variety of research activities for almost any primary or rechargeable technology. Multidisciplinary in nature, the research involves aspects of inorganic chemistry, electroanalytical chemistry, materials science and engineering, and physics. Three state-of-the-art facilities, located at the Advanced Research and Technology Energy Center and the Chemistry building at Stony Brook and in the Interdisciplinary Science Building at Brookhaven National Laboratory , were custom-designed for the group’s research.   The proximity of Stony Brook University to Brookhaven National Laboratory facilitates access to the advanced characterization capabilities located there.  

“Professor Takeuchi is a leading electrochemist with a rare combination of knowledge and experience in the development of high performance commercial applications as well as fundamental scientific research. Further, she shares values of Mercedes-Benz RDNA as an innovator with a passion for sustainable technology and precision in details that can be decisive during the interpretation of data to draw the right conclusions,” said Tobias Glossmann, Principal Systems Engineer for Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. “We continue to be impressed by the results of her lab at the Stony Brook University, gladly support its progress, and look forward to future research achievements.”

Mercedes-Benz is consolidating all activities in connection with electric mobility under the new product brand EQ, and the Concept EQ gives a clear outlook onto a completely new generation of vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Cars plans to launch more than ten electric vehicles by 2025: in all segments from smart to large SUVs.

Professor Takeuchi is an electrochemist and one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers.  At Stony Brook, she holds a dual faculty appointment in the Department of Materials Sciences and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences with a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2009, the highest honor awarded in the United States for technological achievement, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and in 2011 she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“We place a high value on partners that share our passion for the advancement of technology that promise better, more sustainable alternatives,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  “Mercedes-Benz R&D is an important partner and contributor to this research, and we look forward to a long-term collaboration.”

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