ROBERT B. HANNA

Professor & Director, N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies

 

321 Walters Hall

(315) 470-6872

rbhanna@esf.edu

 

My primary area of expertise is microscopy and it’s utilization to explore the structure-function relationships of our world on a microscale.  As Director of the N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies, it is my responsibility to provide training and assistance to students, faculty, and research staff with modern microscopy techniques. These techniques include light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, digital imaging, and image analysis.

 

My research interests include wood anatomy, the structure of the wood cell wall, the structure and properties of cellulose, wood decay, the structure and properties of wood and wood products, the structure and properties of pulp and paper, new sources of pulp fibers, and cell-to-cell communication.

 

Education

Ph.D. 1973 Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF

M.S.  1971  Wood Products Engineering, SUNY, College of Forestry

B.S.    1967  Conservation, University of Michigan

 

Professional Experience

Professor, Construction Management-Wood Products Engineering, 1987-date

SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry

 

Director, N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies,1993-date

SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry

 

Associate Professor, 1979-1987

SUNY-Coll Environmental Sci.& Forestry

 

Assistant Professor, 1977-1979

SUNY-Coll Environmental Sci & Forestry

 

Assistant Director, 1977-1993

N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies, SUNY-Coll Environmental Sci & Forestry

 

Instructor, 1976-1977

Dept. of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein Coll of Medicine

 

Investigator (Summers), 1974-1979

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, 1974-1976

Dept. of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein Coll of Medicine

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, 1973-1974

Institute for Cell Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Honors and Awards

 

Professional Memberships

International Academy of Wood Science

Forest Products Society

Society of Wood Science and Technology

International Association of Wood Anatomy

 

Courses Offered

ERE 585 Light Microscopy and Image Analysis

ERE 685 Transmission Electron Microscopy

ERE 785 Scanning Electron Microscopy

ERE 796   Special Topics-Advanced Electron Microscopy

 

Current Research Projects

 

Recent Publications

R.C. Francis, R.B. Hanna, S.-J. Shin, S. K. Bose, A.F. Brown, and

D.E. Riemenschneider. Poplar Breeding for Superior Paper Fibers. TAPPI J. in press.

 

Anagnost, S.E., Mark, R. M. and R. B. Hanna. S2 Orientation of Microfibrils in Softwood Tracheids and Hardwood Fibers. International Association of Wood Anatomists Journal. In press.

 

Francis, R.C., A.F. Brown, R.B. Hanna, and D.P. Kamden. 2004.  The DN-30

Hybrid    Poplar, A Fiber Source for High Strength Hardwood Pulps.

TAPPI  J. 3(2):3-8.

 

Yeo, H., Smith, W.B. Smith, and R.B. Hanna.  2002. Mass Transfer in Wood

Evaluated with a Colorimetric Technique and Numerical Analysis. Wood & Fiber

Sci. 34(4):657-665

 

Yeo, H., Smith, W.B., and R.B. Hanna.  2002. Determination of Surface Moisture        Content of Wood Utilizing a Colorimetric Technique. Wood & Fiber Sci. 34(3):419-424

 

Anagnost,S.E., Mark, R.E., and R.B. Hanna.  2002. Variation of Microfibril Angle within Individual Fibers. Wood & Fiber Sci. 34(2):337-349

 

Anagnost,S.E., Mark, R.E., and R.B. Hanna.  2000. Utilization of Soft Rot Cavity        Orientation for the Determination of Microfibril Angle, Part 1.  Wood and Fiber Science 32(1):81-87

 

Anagnost,S.E., Mark,R.E., and R.B. Hanna.1999.Utilization of Soft Rot Cavity Formation as a Tool for Understanding the Relation Between Microfibril Angle and Mechanical Properties of Cellulosic Fibers. In “Mechanics of Cellulosic Materials 1999” R. Perkins,ed. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY . pp43-64