Philip Batson

Distinguished Research Professor

Materials Science and Engineering

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

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.


Ph.D., Applied Physics, Cornell University, Cornell, New York, 1976


  1. The Scientific American 50 Award for Leadership in Imaging Sciences (2002-2003)

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.