2019 Distinguished Scientist - Physical Sciences
Philip E. Batson
Rutgers University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Philip E. Batson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Rutgers University, with appointments in Physics, and Materials Science, since his retirement from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 2009. After receiving a Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1976 at Cornell University, he did post-doctoral work at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge England, and then moved to IBM in 1978. During the 1980’s he built high resolution EELS equipment there and used it to explore spatially resolved EELS in the STEM, with studies of surface plasmon scattering in metal nanoparticle systems. In 2002, he was the first to demonstrate sub-Angstrom imaging using aberration correction, for which he was recognized with a 2002-2003 Scientific American 50 Award for Leadership in Imaging Sciences. Currently, he is exploring phonon behavior in nanometer sized structures using EELS with a 10 meV energy resolution. The NSF sponsored project in collaboration with Nion to improve EELS resolution was cited by the White House in 2010 as one of "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." He has authored about 210 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America.