Esther S. Takeuchi: Building life-saving batteries

This episode in the Prized Science series features renowned inventor Esther S. Takeuchi, Ph.D., the 2013 winner of the E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. The award recognizes Takeuchi’s work on a battery that powers implantable cardiac defibrillators (known as ICDs). These devices monitor patients’ heartbeats continuously. When the beats go haywire, it can deliver a life-saving shock to help the heart resume a normal rhythm. Takeuchi is a professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University. She also has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Takeuchi is a winner of the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Provided by the American Chemical Society

Runtime: 3:15

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