Philip Batson

Distinguished Research Professor

Materials Science and Engineering

Office:Nanophysics Lab 205/ CCR-210
Office Hours: By Appointment

Link to Dr. Batson’s Google Scholar Page


Research Area/Interests:

Spatially resolved Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) using the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), including the design and fabrication of a high resolution electron spectrometer for use with the STEM, experiments in nanometer-sized structures to investigate characteristics of the new scattering geometry, new theoretical treatments to understand the results, and application of this understanding to materials systems: Ge-Si alloys and Si nanoparticles. More recently, we have been involved in aberration correction in the STEM, helping to demonstrate a sub-Angstrom beam size for the first time.


B.S., Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1970, with Distinction
Ph.D., Applied Physics, Cornell University, Cornell, New York, 1976


  1. Birks Award from the Microbeam Analysis Society (1992)
  2. Fellow of the American Physical Society (1996)
  3. The Scientific American 50 Award for Leadership in Imaging Sciences (2002-2003)
  4. Presidential Award for Science from the MicroAnalysis Society (2010)
  5. NSF MRI-R2 Award cited by The White House (2010)
  6. Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (2011)
  7. Distinguished Scientist – Physical Science, Microscopy Society of America (2019)
  8. Fellow of the MicroAnalysis Society (2019)

Selected Publications

  • P.E. Batson, Unlocking the Time-Resolved Nature of Electron Microscopy, PNAS, 108 3099 – 3100 (2011) doi:10.1073/pnas.1019562108.
  • P.E. Batson, Electron microscopy: Hydrogen brightens up, Nat Mater, 10 270-271 (2011) doi:10.1038/nmat2993.
  • P.E. Batson, A. Reyes-Coronado, R. Barrera, A. Rivacoba, P. Echenique and J. Aizpurua, Plasmonic Nano-Billiards: Controlling Nanoparticle Movement Using Forces Induced by Swift Electrons, Nano Letters, 11 3388 – 3393 (2011) doi:10.1021/nl201795u.
  • P.E. Batson, Plasmonic Modes Revealed, Science, 335 47-48 (2012) doi:10.1126/science.1215588.
  • P.E. Batson, A. Reyes-Coronado, R. Barrera, A. Rivacoba, P. Echenique and J. Aizpurua, Nanoparticle Movement: Plasmonic Forces and Physical Constraints, Ultramicroscopy, 123 50 – 58 (2012) doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2012.05.004.
  • P.E. Batson, The First Years of the Aberration-Corrected Electron Microscopy Century, Micros. Microanal., 18 662 – 665 (2012) doi:10.1017/S1431927612001250.
  • O.L. Krivanek, T.C. Lovejoy, G.J. Corbin, N. Dellby, N. Kurz, P.E. Batson and R.W. Carpenter, Monochromated STEM with high energy and spatial resolutions, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 18-S2 330 – 331 (2012) doi:10.1017/S1431927612003509.
  • E.J.R. Vesseur, J. Aizpurua, T. Coenen, A. Reyes-Coronado, P.E. Batson and A. Polman, Plasmonic excitation and manipulation with an electron beam, MRS Bulletin, 37 752 – 760 (2012) doi:10.1557/mrs.2012.174.