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USA: Top battery innovator to lead energy research at Brookhaven Lab

Nanowerk News) The hunt for renewable energy sources sits at the heart of the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission, part of a plan to improve national security, diminish adverse environmental impact, and raise people’s quality of life. Equally critical to the generation of power is the effective storage of it – what good is abundant electricity without batteries to supply it to everything from smart phones to medical devices?
Esther Takeuchi, an electrochemist and one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers, is joining Brookhaven National Laboratory to advance projects that will move a vibrant, sustainable energy economy closer to reality. Takeuchi, who was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Technology by President Obama for her innovations in lithium battery technology and biomedical devices, will help lead Brookhaven Lab into the future as Chief Scientist for the Global and Regional Solutions Directorate.
“I hope to expand Brookhaven Lab’s focus on energy and energy storage related research,” Takeuchi said. “The Lab has top-flight scientists and instrumentation that will be outstanding to deploy on these issues.”

Esther Takeuchi talks with postdoc researcher Aaron Johnston-Peck in the control room for a scanning transmission electron microscope in Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
Takeuchi brings skills developed in extensive industrial technology innovation, and recently in academia. She comes to Brookhaven Lab from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where she taught chemical, biological, and electrical engineering beginning in 2007, becoming a SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2009. Takeuchi will continue her SUNY affiliation by joining the materials science and chemistry departments of Stony Brook University, coordinated as a joint appointment with Brookhaven Lab.
Before teaching, Takeuchi spent more than 20 years at Greatbatch, Inc., a company founded in 1970 by the co-inventor of the first implanted pacemaker. The Clarence, NY-based company is dedicated to advancing essential medical device technology. Greatbatch later funded Takeuchi’s professorship at Buffalo and provided a significant gift to help support her continued research into biomedical power sources.


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