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RENEW Distinguished Lecture Series

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Davis 101

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RENEW Distinguished Lecture Series Presents:

Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi

Lecture Title: A Keystone in the Renewable Energy Future


12:30 pm—1:00 pm

Networking and Refreshments

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

RENEW Distinguished Lecture Introduction and Comments

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

RENEW Distinguished Lecture

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fireside Chat Style Discussion

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

RENEW Distinguished Lecture Recognition


Electric energy storage systems such as batteries significantly impact society in a variety of ways, including facilitating the widespread deployment of portable electronic devices that surround each of us. Enabling the widespread deployment of electric vehicles hinges on next generation batteries that provide characteristics important to the consumer such as long driving distance, low cost, and batteries that last the life of the vehicle. Further, high levels of adoption of renewable energy generation such as wind and solar which are by their very nature intermittent demand integration of large scale energy storage. The specific battery technologies that will best address each application vary. However, consistent themes of materials design and selection, control of interfacial reactions and system architecture emerge. Scientific inquiry into battery systems has never been better as unprecedented characterization methods are now available that enable insights previously not possible. Examples highlighting new classes of materials, advanced characterization approaches and future prospects will be provided.


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).

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