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Esther Takeuchi

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry
University of Buffalo

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Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi joined the University at Buffalo in September 2007 as Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry after a 22-year career in industry. Appointed to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2009, she is currently the director of the Advanced Power Sources Laboratory and co-director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology at UB.

Dr. Takeuchi was employed previously at Greatbatch, Inc., where she served most recently as Chief Scientist. While at Greatbatch, her achievements in lithium battery research, particularly on cells for implantable applications, led to a number of key technological developments, including the lithium/silver vanadium oxide (Li/SVO) battery, which powers the majority of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) used each year. An extraordinarily prolific inventor, she has been credited with holding more patents (currently over 140) than any other living woman. Her research focus is novel power sources including development of new materials and investigation of faradaic and non-faradaic mechanisms relevant to battery systems.

Elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, Dr. Takeuchi has received numerous awards for her research achievements. These include the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Award given by the Western New York American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society Technology Award, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier. She has been inducted into the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2008, she was selected for an inaugural Astellas Foundation Award by the American Chemical Society for scientific work impacting public health. In 2009, Dr. Takeuchi was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama. In 2010, she was awarded the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the highest honor conferred at the University at Buffalo campus level. In May, 2011 she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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 work at the University of North Carolina and UB.