Professor and Director
Professor and Director of Nanoimaging Lab
Richard Hailstone received an MS in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University in 1972 and shortly thereafter joined the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company. Through almost all of his 18 years with Kodak his research focus was on fundamental research in silver halide materials (those materials used for conventional photographic products). This included the synthesis of photographic emulsions for a variety of fundamental studies. Most of the research was directed toward defining a mechanism of latent-image formation and how it is affected by chemical and spectral sensitization. An important part of this work involved developing a physics-based computer simulation tool to compute the sensitometric properties of photographic materials. In 1990 he left Kodak and joined the faculty at the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology where his research focus continued to be in silver halide materials. In 2006 his research focus shifted towards electron microscopy. He is Director of the NanoImaging Laboratory in CIS, which houses two transmission electron microscopes and two scanning electron microscopes. Through attending short courses, workshops, and tutorials at various venues, as well as spending Fall 2010 on sabbatical at the Cornell Center for Materials Research, he has acquired an advanced skill set which allows him to use these tools for characterization of materials at both the nano- and microscales. Rich also teaches a graduate-level course in electron microscopy.
After finishing up our undergraduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, my husband and I moved to Rochester in August 2014 to pursue graduate studies. I joined the nanoimaging lab last summer and am currently a third year PhD student in imaging science. Upon entering the lab, I learned electron microscope operation, sample preparation, and image analysis techniques. I dabbled in multiple projects, including the analysis of polymer blends for sustainable packaging applications, material analysis, and characterization of nanoparticles in metal inks for electronic printing applications. Most recently, I have been involved with beta testing software which implements point spread function deconvolution for the purpose of scanning electron microscope image restoration.
Najat Alharbi is an M.S. student with particular interests in Nanoimaging, Quantum physics, and Lasers. Prior to enrolling at RIT, she worked as a visiting lecturer of physics at Umm Al-Qura University. Najat holds a master’s degree in quantum optics and spectroscopy and a Bachelor of Science and Education in physics from the King Abdul Aziz University.