Esther Takeuchi Honored with Special Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Esther S. Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the William and Jane Knapp Chair in Energy and the Environment at Stony Brook University, has been honored with a special issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

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The special “Festschrift issue” is a volume of writings by different authors, presented as a tribute or memorial. The articles in this Festschrift, from friends, colleagues, current and former mentees, honor Takeuchi’s ongoing research achievements and her leadership in the field of electrochemistry and electrochemical energy storage.

The issue also includes an autobiographical feature, “A Window into the Life and Science of Esther Sans Takeuchi,” where she talks about her upbringing and how she decided to pursue science as a field of study.

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Takeuchi, who holds a joint appointment at Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, is an internationally recognized inventor, researcher and educator in the fields of materials science, chemistry and renewable energy. She is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Takeuchi’s research has been instrumental in energy storage improvements that meet societal needs and can be applied to electric vehicles, medical devices and batteries that back up the power grid. Among her numerous inventions is a compact lithium/silver vanadium oxide battery that increased the lifespan of implantable cardiac defibrillators, a solution that reduced the number of surgeries patients needed to undergo to replace the devices that detect and correct irregular, potentially fatal, heart rhythms.

Takeuchi received the Award in Chemical Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences in 2022 in recognition of her breakthrough contributions in the understanding of electrochemical energy storage. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Read the issue online.

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