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 the nanomaterials area.
Specifically, Rich is interested the characterization of materials via electron microscopy. He is Director of the NanoImaging Laboratory in CIS, the Microscopy Facility of which houses two transmission electron microscopes and a scanning electron microscope.
He is the recipient of the Lieven-Gevaert award from IS&T, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, for outstanding achievement in silver halide photography and is also a fellow of IS&T.
Educated at the University of Cambridge (M.A.), and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (M.Sc. & Ph.D.), he joined the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1985, as an Assistant Professor, after six years as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry, University College London.
Promoted to Full Professor in 1992, he served as Dean of the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science, and later as interim dean of the newly formed School of Engineering, and then the founding dean of the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, until 2009.
He is a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology and a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society.
He has published over 170 peer reviewed scientific papers and given numerous invited presentations at international conferences. He was conference co-chair and organizer of SSI-17, the 17th International Conference on Solid State Ionics, in Toronto, Canada, in 2009, and conference chair and organizer of NCM9, the 9th International Conference on the Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials, in Corning, NY, in 2004. He is the conference chair and organizer of PNCS XIV, the 14th International Conference on the Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids, to be held in September 2015, in Niagara Falls, USA.
His research interests center on the use of atomistic computer simulations in materials science. Both classical and quantum mechanical (e.g. DFT) methods have been used, as appropriate, to investigate point defect, and related, behavior in crystalline materials, including nano-materials, and the structure and properties of inorganic, silica-based glasses. Techniques include molecular dynamics (MD) and static lattice (molecular mechanics).
Visiting Scholar, School of Chemistry and Materials Science at Rochester Institute of Technology - 2015
Managing Member KJR Materials Technology Consulting LLC, June 2014 –present
Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer/Chief Science Officer of three nanomaterials companies: Cerion Energy, Cerion NRx and Cerion Enterprises (now Cerion Advanced Materials) 2007 - 2014
Research Senior Staff, Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories 1975 - 2005
Educated at Stanford University and Rochester Institute of Technology in the field of Physical Chemistry
Ken is a physical chemist / materials scientist by training and interest. His competences span: silver halide nano-dispersion synthesis, stabilization and functionalization (22 patents), heterogeneous catalysis (8 granted patents, 56 provisional and pending patent applications and 8 recent publications in peer reviewed journals) in the areas of: enhanced combustion efficiency, industrial catalysts development, materials , nano-materials for conductive traces, strategies and materials for oxidation and reduction control, nano-colloid development for the treatment of central nervous system pathologies , inorganic oncology drug discovery. Broadly speaking his interests lie in the general field of nano-chemistry, and nano-technology with an emphasis on commercially relevant materials.
He has supervised and guided the education of two graduate students, and six undergraduates at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
His awards include:
Outstanding Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2008
Eastman Kodak CTO Distinguished Inventors Award, 2005
Distinguished Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2003
Volunteer of the Year Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2000
He has been a member of the Board of Trustees, Rochester Institute of Technology (Education Core Committee) 2002-2005 , Chair, Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Network Board of Directors 2002-2005 and is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science