Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Nathan Mara

IMage of Nathan Mar

Contact Information

  • Staff Scientist
    Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Metallurgy, MS G770

    Phone: (505) 667-8665
    Fax: (505) 667-5268



  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Eng., University of California-Davis, 2005
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California-Davis, 2000

Research and Professional Experience

  • Technical staff member, Los Alamos National Lab, March 2008 – present
  • Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab, Dec 2005 – March 2008
  • Graduate student research assistant, University of California, Davis, Apr 2000 – Nov 2005

Research Interests

  • Nanomechanical behavior of nanocomposites, metals, ceramics, intermetallics, and metallic glasses
  • Bulk synthesis of structural nanomaterials
  • Microstructural characterization of materials via Electron Microscopy (SEM, TEM, HRTEM, STEM, in-situ techniques)

Sample Publications

N. A. Mara, D. Bhattacharyya, P. Dickerson, R. Hoagland, A. Misra, “Micropillar Compression Testing of 5 nm Cu/Nb Nanoscale Multilayers”, Applied Physics Letters 92 (2008) p. 231901.

N. A. Mara, D. Bhattacharyya, A. Misra, R. G. Hoagland, “Tensile Behavior of 40 nm Cu/Nb Nanoscale Multilayers”, Scripta Materialia, 58 (2008) 874-877.

N. A. Mara, A. V. Sergueeva, T. Tamayo, X. Zhang, A. Misra, A. K. Mukherjee, “High Temperature Mechanical Properties/Microstructure Correlation of Cu/Nb Nanoscale Multilayers,” Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol.493 (2008), no.1-2, p.274-282.

N. A. Mara, A. V. Sergueeva, T. D. Mara, S. X. McFadden, A. K. Mukherjee, “Superplasticity and Cooperative Grain Boundary Sliding in Nanocrystalline Ni3Al”, Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol. 463 (2007) 238-244.

A. V. Sergueeva, N. A. Mara, J. D. Kuntz, E. J. Lavernia, A.K . Mukherjee, “Shear Band Formation and Ductility in Bulk Metallic Glass”, Philosophical Magazine, Vol. 85, No. 23 (2005) 2671-2687.

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