Esther Takeuchi

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Esther Takeuchi
Native nameEstere Sāns
Born (1953-09-08) September 8, 1953 (age 65)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
The Ohio State University
AwardsE. V. Murphree Award (2013)
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials Science
InstitutionsStony Brook University
University at Buffalo

Esther Sans Takeuchi (born Esther Sans, Latvian: Estere Sāns) is a materials scientist and chemical engineer, working on energy storage systems and power sources for biomedical devices. She is also a Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University and a chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She holds more than 145 U.S. patents.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Takeuchi is the daughter of Mary and Rudolf Sans, Second World War refugees from Latvia.[3] Rudolf and Mary fled Soviet-occupied Latvia for Germany in 1945, living in a refugee camp for several years, ultimately immigrating to the United States.[3] Takeuchi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 having majored in Chemistry and History. She then worked on her PhD in Organic Chemistry at Ohio State University until 1981. After completing post-doctoral training in electrochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Buffalo, she worked at Greatbatch Inc. in Clarence, New York for 22 years. It was here, under the funding of Wilson Greatbatch, that Takeuchi continued development of the Li/SVO battery. In 2007, she joined academia at the University of Buffalo as the Greatbatch Professor of Advanced Power Sources. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University in the departments of Chemistry, and Material Science and Engineering. She was selected as the 2013 recipient of the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry awarded by the American Chemical Society.[4] Takeuchi is also a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and served as the organization's president from 2011-2012.[5]



  1. ^ USPTO Patent Search for Esther Takeuchi
  2. ^ "Esther Takeuchi Selected to Receive 2013 E.V. Murphree Award", SUNY Stony Brook, Sept. 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Jerry Zremski, "Daughter of Latvian refugees receives top technological award at White House", The Buffalo News, Oct. 8, 2009, republished on The Baltic Course, Oct. 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "Esther Takeuchi Selected to Receive 2013 E.V. Murphree Award". Brookhaven National Laboratory. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ "ECS President Esther S. Takeuchi". The Electrochemical Society.
  6. ^ "Honoring Esther Sans Takeuchi Upon the Occasion of Receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation", New York Senate Resolution K1002-2009, Adopted Feb. 22, 2010.
  7. ^ "Energy Innovator Esther Takeuchi Elected Fellow of Electrochemical Society". Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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