Los Alamos National Laboratory

Center for
Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes
A BES Energy Frontier Research Center

Michael Nastasi

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Contact Information

  • Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Email: Mike Nastasi
    Phone: 402-472-3852



  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 1986
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 1983
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 1981

Research and Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes, 2009-present
  • Nano Electronics and Mechanics Thrust Leader in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT),  2001-2009
  • Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2000-present
  • Team Leader of the Nano Science and Ion-Solid Interaction Team, 1996-2004
  • Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory 1985-Present

Research Interests

  • Irradiation effects in nanostructured materials
  • Irradiation induced phase transformations
  • Ion enhanced and plasma synthesis of materials
  • Mechanical properties of metastable materials and nanoscale structures
  • Materials analysis using ion beam techniques.

Sample Publications

Ion Implantation and Synthesis of Materials, Michael Nastasi and James W. Mayer (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007)

Damage Mechanisms in Nanolayered Metallic Composites, A. Misra, H. Kung, D. Hammon, R. G. Hoagland and M. Nastasi, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, 12 (2003) 365

Radiation Effects in Crystalline Ceramics for the Immobilization of High-Level Nuclear Waste and Plutonium, W. J. Weber, R. C. Ewing, C. R. A. Catlow, T. Diaz de la Rubia, L. W. Hobbs, C. Kinoshita, Hj. Matzke, A. T. Motta, M. Nastasi, E. H. K. Salje, E. R. Vance, and S. J. Zinkle, J.  Mater. Res. 13, (1998), pp.1434-84

Effects of Ion Irradiation on the Residual Stresses in Cr Thin Films, A. Misra, S. Fayeulle, H. Kung, T.E. Mitchell, and M. Nastasi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 73 (1998) 891

Structure and mechanical properties of Cu-X (X=Nb,Cr,Ni) nanolayered composites, A. Misra, M. Verdier, Y.-C. Lu, H. Kung, T.E.  Mitchell,  M.Nastasi, J.D. Embury, Scripta Materialia.39 (1998) 555

Structure and Mechanical Properties of Irradiated Magnesium Aluminate Spinel,  R. Devanathan, N. Yu, K.E. Sickafus, and M. Nastasi, J. Nucl. Mater., 232 (1996) 59

Radiation-induced phase transformations in stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel, N. Yu, R. Devanathan, K.E. Sickafus, and M. Nastasi, J. Mater. Res. 12 (1997), pp.1766-70

Observations of dislocations in Cu/Nb nanolayer composites after deformation, Y.-C. Lu, H.  Kung, A.J. Griffin Jr., M. Nastasi, and T.E. Mitchell,  J.  Mater. Res. 12  (1997), pp.1939-41

Ion-Solid Interactions: Fundamentals and Applications, Michael Nastasi, James K. Hirvonen, and James W. Mayer (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996)

Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations Induced by Ion Irradiation, M. Nastasi and J.W. Mayer, Materials Science Reports 6 (1991) 1

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