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Esther Takeuchi

Distinguished Professor

Office: 314 Engineering Bldg. Stony Brook, NY
Phone:  631-632- 7414

The advancement of battery systems with high energy and power densities remains a lynch pin for new generations of energy storage. The full utilization of renewable energy sources such as wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric, and geothermal power depends on the ability to store energy as in many cases the renewable energy is generated on an intermittent basis. Additionally, portable electronics, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, biomedical devices, and aerospace applications demand advanced batteries that can perform safely over many years. Finally, the way in which communities handle power demands through power grids may be affected significantly by new developments in energy storage. Specific areas of research. For next generation primary and secondary battery applications demanding long life, high energy density and high power, new strategies are needed for the rational design of electroactive materials and the concomitant engineering associated with battery design. Professor Takeuchi’s research efforts are collaborative in nature, involving scientists with a variety of research expertise. For example, we have an on-going research interest in the structure / function relationships among electroactive materials and redox properties as related to electrochemical energy storage. We also are actively involved in the synthesis of new electroactive materials and the subsequent analysis involving a variety of chemical and physical properties of materials. Further, we conduct fundamental mechanistic studies involving the complex interplay among redox processes, ion transport, and electrode precipitation / dissolution that are critical to the electrochemistry associated with battery science.


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  • E. V. Murphree Award, American Chemical Society (2013)
  • Charter Member National Academy of Innovation (2013)
  • Fellow Electrochemical Society (2012)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee (2011)
  • Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal (2010)
  • The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009)
  • Astellas USA Foundation Award (2008)
  • Life Time Achievement Award (2007)
  • Lincoln Gries Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)
  • Inventor of the Year Award, Physical Sciences, 3rd Place (2005)
  • USA Today (December 13, 2005)
  • Pioneers of Science Award (2004)
  • National Academy of Engineering (2004)
  • Achievement in Health Care Award (2003)
  • Woman of Distinction Award (2003)
  • Inventor of the Year Award, Physical Sciences, 1st and 3rd Place (2000)
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (1999)
  • 68th Jacob Schoellkopf Medal (1998)
  • Western New York Women's Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Visionary of the Year, Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. (1997)
  • Battery Division Technology Award, Electrochemical Society (1995)
  • Woman of the Year, Category Science (1990)
  • >150 Issued US Patents

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