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Nathan A. Mara

Nathan Mara

Phone (505) 667-8665


  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Structure Measurements
  • Property Measurements


Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics


Ph.D., Materials Science and Eng., University of California at Davis, 2005

B.S., Mech. Eng. and Materials Science, University of California at Davis, 2000


Professional Appointments

Technical staff member, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies  3/2008 - present

Director's Postdoctoral Fellow 12/ 2005 - 3/2008



[Mara, N.A. * Sergueeva, A.V. * Mara, T.D. * McFadden, S.X. * Mukherjee, A.K.], "Superplasticity and cooperative grain boundary sliding in nanocrystalline Ni3Al", Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol.463, iss.1-2, p.238-244, 20070815.

[Mara, NA * Tamayo, T * Sergueeva, AV * Zhang, X * Misra, A * Mukherjee, AK], "The effects of decreasing layer thickness on the high temperature mechanical behavior of Cu/Nb nanoscale multilayers", THIN SOLID FILMS, Vol.515, iss.6, p.3241-3245, FEB 12 2007.

[Aydiner, CC * Brown, DW * Misra, A * Mara, NA * Wang, YC * Wall, JJ * Almer, J], "Residual strain and texture in free-standing nanoscale Cu-Nb multilayers", JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, Vol.102, iss.8, 083514, OCT 15 2007.

[Mara, NA * Bhattacharyya, D * Hoagland, RG * Misra, A], "Tensile behavior of 40 nm Cu/Nb nanoscale multilayers", SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, Vol.58, iss.10, p.874-877, MAY 2008.

[Bhattacharyya, D. * Mara, N.A. * Hoagland, R.G. * Misra, A.], "Nanoindentation and microstructural studies of Al/TiN multilayers with unequal volume fractions", Scripta Materialia, Vol.58, iss.11, p.981-984, June 2008.

[Mara, NA * Bhattacharyya, D * Dickerson, P * Hoagland, RG * Misra, A], "Deformability of ultrahigh strength 5 nm Cu/Nb nanolayered composites", APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Vol.92, iss.23, 231901, JUN 9 2008.

[Mara, N.A. * Misra, A. * Hoagland, R.G. * Sergueeva, A.V. * Tamayo, T. * Dickerson, P. * Mukherjee, A.K.], "High-temperature mechanical behavior/microstructure correlation of Cu/Nb nanoscale multilayers", Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol.493, iss.1-2, p.274-282, 20081015.

[Aydiner, CC * Brown, DW * Mara, NA * Almer, J * Misra, A], "In situ x-ray investigation of freestanding nanoscale Cu-Nb multilayers under tensile load", APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Vol.94, iss.3, 031906, JAN 19 2009.

[Bhattacharyya, D. * Mara, N.A. * Dickerson, P. * Hoagland, R.G. * Misra, A.], "Transmission electron microscopy study of the deformation behavior of Cu/Nb and Cu/Ni nanoscale multilayers during nanoindentation", Journal of Materials Research, Vol.24, iss.3, p.1291-1302, March 2009.

[Li, H. * Misra, A. * Horita, Z. * Koch, C.C. * Mara, N.A. * Dickerson, P.O. * Zhu, Y.], "Strong and ductile nanostructured Cu-carbon nanotube composite", Applied Physics Letters, Vol.95, iss.7, 071907, 2009.

[Mara, N.A. * Bhattacharyya, D. * Dickerson, P. * Hoagland, R.G. * Misra, A.], "Ultrahigh strength and ductility of Cu-Nb nanolayered composites", Materials Science Forum, Vol.633-634, p.647-653, 2010.

[Zou, GF * Wang, HY * Mara, N * Luo, HM * Li, N * Di, ZF * Bauer, E * Wang, YQ * McCleskey, T * Burrell, A * Zhang, XH * Nastasi, M * Jia, Q], "Chemical Solution Deposition of Epitaxial Carbide Films", JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol.132, iss.8, p.2516-+, MAR 3 2010.

[Zhang, XH * Li, XD * Mara, N * Zhu, YT * Minor, A * Huang, R], "Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Materials", METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, Vol.41A, iss.4, p.777-777, APR 2010.

[Bhattacharyya, D. * Mara, N.A. * Dickerson, P. * Hoagland, R.G. * Misra, A.], "A transmission electron microscopy study of the deformation behavior underneath nanoindents in nanoscale Al-TiN multilayered composites", Philosophical Magazine, Vol.90, iss.13, p.1711-1724, May 2010.

[Mara, NA * Bhattacharyya, D * Hirth, JP * Dickerson, P * Misra, A], "Mechanism for shear banding in nanolayered composites", APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Vol.97, iss.2, 021909, JUL 12 2010.

[Manjeri, RM * Qiu, S * Mara, N * Misra, A * Vaidyanathan, R], "Superelastic response of [111] and [101] oriented NiTi micropillars", JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, Vol.108, iss.2, 023501, JUL 15 2010.

[Singh, A * Hanisch, J * Matias, V * Ronning, F * Mara, N * Pohl, D * Rellinghaus, B * Reagor, D], "Transforming insulating rutile single crystal into a fully ordered nanometer-thick transparent semiconductor", NANOTECHNOLOGY, Vol.21, iss.41, 415303, OCT 15 2010.

[Beyerlein, I.J. * Mara, N.A. * Bhattacharyya, D. * Alexander, D.J. * Necker, C.T.], "Texture evolution via combined slip and deformation twinning in rolled silver-copper cast eutectic nanocomposite", International Journal of Plasticity, Vol.27, iss.1, p.121-146, 2011.

[Li, N. * Mara, N.A. * Wang, Y.Q. * Nastasi, M. * Misra, A.], "Compressive flow behavior of Cu thin films and Cu/Nb multilayers containing nanometer-scale helium bubbles", Scripta Materialia, Vol.64, iss.10, p.974-977, May 2011.

[Wang, J. * Beyerlein, I.J. * Mara, N.A. * Bhattacharyya, D.], "Interface-facilitated deformation twinning in copper within submicron Ag-Cu multilayered composites", Scripta Materialia, Vol.64, iss.12, p.1083-1086, June 2011.

[Bhattacharyya, D. * Mara, N.A. * Dickerson, P. * Hoagland, R.G. * Misra, A.], "Compressive flow behavior of Al-TiN multilayers at nanometer scale layer thickness", Acta Materialia, Vol.59, iss.10, p.3804-3816, June 2011.

[Johnson, O.K. * Seegmiller, D. * Fullwood, D.T. * Dattelbaum, A. * Mara, N.A. * Kaschner, G. * Mason, T. * Yeager, J.D.], "Characterization of electrical properties of polymers for conductive nano-composites", International SAMPE Technical Conference, 2011.

[Wei, Q.M. * Li, N. * Mara, N. * Nastasi, M. * Misra, A.], "Suppression of irradiation hardening in nanoscale V/Ag multilayers", Acta Materialia, Vol.59, iss.16, p.6331-6340, September 2011.

[Johnson, OK * Gardner, CJ * Seegmiller, DB * Mara, NA * Dattelbaum, AM * Rae, PJ * Kaschner, GC * Mason, TA * Fullwood, DT * Hansen, G], "Multiscale Model for the Extreme Piezoresistivity in Silicone/Nickel Nanostrand Nanocomposites", METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, Vol.42A, iss.13, p.3898-3906, DEC 2011.

[Han, WZ * Misra, A * Mara, NA * Germann, TC * Baldwin, JK * Shimada, T * Luo, SN], "Role of interfaces in shock-induced plasticity in Cu/Nb nanolaminates", PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, Vol.91, iss.32, p.4172-4185, 2011.

[Han, WZ * Carpenter, JS * Wang, J * Beyerlein, IJ * Mara, NA], "Atomic-level study of twin nucleation from face-centered-cubic/body-centered-cubic interfaces in nanolamellar composites", APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Vol.100, iss.1, 011911, JAN 2 2012.


[Kim, Y. * Budiman, A.S. * Baldwin, J.K. * Mara, N.A. * Misra, A. * Han, S.M.], "Microcompression study of Al-Nb nanoscale multilayers", Journal of Materials Research, Vol.27, iss.3, p.592-598, 20120214.

[Zhang, YY * Haberkorn, N * Ronning, F * Wang, HY * Mara, NA * Zhuo, MJ * Chen, L * Lee, JH * Blackmore, KJ * Bauer, E * Burrell, AK * McCleskey, TM * Hawley, ME * Schulze, RK * Civale, L * Tajima, T * Jia, QX], "Epitaxial Superconducting delta-MoN Films Grown by a Chemical Solution Method", JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol.133, iss.51, p.20735-20737, DEC 28 2011.


[Carpenter, J.S. * Vogel, S.C. * Ledonne, J.E. * Hammon, D.L. * Beyerlein, I.J. * Mara, N.A.], "Bulk texture evolution of Cu-Nb nanolamellar composites during accumulative roll bonding", Acta Materialia, Vol.60, iss.4, p.1576-1586, February 2012.

[Zhang, YY * Ronning, F * Gofryk, K * Mara, NA * Haberkorn, N * Zou, GF * Wang, HY * Lee, JH * Bauer, E * McCleskey, TM * Burell, AK * Civale, L * Zhu, YT * Jia, QX], "Aligned carbon nanotubes sandwiched in epitaxial NbC film for enhanced superconductivity", NANOSCALE, Vol.4, iss.7, p.2268-2271, 2012.

[Tang, M. * Wynn, T.A. * Patel, M.K. * Won, J. * Monnet, I. * Pivin, J.C. * Mara, N.A. * Sickafus, K.E.], "Structure and mechanical properties of swift heavy ion irradiated tungsten-bearing delta-phase oxides Y6W1O12 and Yb6W1O12", Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol.425, iss.1-3, p.193-196, June 2012.

[Carpenter, J.S. * Liu, X. * Darbal, A. * Nuhfer, N.T. * McCabe, R.J. * Vogel, S.C. * Ledonne, J.E. * Rollett, A.D. * Barmak, K. * Beyerlein, I.J. * Mara, N.A.], "A comparison of texture results obtained using precession electron diffraction and neutron diffraction methods at diminishing length scales in ordered bimetallic nanolamellar composites", Scripta Materialia, Vol.67, iss.4, p.336-339, August 2012.

[Zheng, S.J. * Beyerlein, I.J. * Wang, J. * Carpenter, J.S. * Han, W.Z. * Mara, N.A.], "Deformation twinning mechanisms from bimetal interfaces as revealed by in situ straining in the TEM", Acta Materialia, Vol.60, iss.16, p.5858-5866, September 2012.

[Li, N. * Mara, N.A. * Wang, J. * Dickerson, P. * Huang, J.Y. * Misra, A.], "Ex situ and in situ measurements of the shear strength of interfaces in metallic multilayers", Scripta Materialia, Vol.67, iss.5, p.479-482, September 2012.

[Ozdemir, N. * Karaman, I. * Mara, N.A. * Chumlyakov, Y.I. * Karaca, H.E.], "Size effects in the superelastic response of Ni54Fe 19Ga27 shape memory alloy pillars with a two stage martensitic transformation", Acta Materialia, Vol.60, iss.16, p.5670-5685, September 2012.

[Mara, NA * Beyerlein, IJ * Carpenter, JS * Wang, J], "Interfacially Driven Deformation Twinning in Bulk Ag-Cu Composites", JOM, Vol.64, iss.10, p.1218-1226, OCT 2012.

[Beyerlein, IJ * Mara, NA * Wang, J * Carpenter, JS * Zheng, SJ * Han, WZ * Zhang, RF * Kang, K * Nizolek, T * Pollock, TM], "Structure-Property-Functionality of Bimetal Interfaces", JOM, Vol.64, iss.10, p.1192-1207, OCT 2012.

[Wang, J * Kang, K * Zhang, RF * Zheng, SJ * Beyerlein, IJ * Mara, NA], "Structure and Property of Interfaces in ARB Cu/Nb Laminated Composites", JOM, Vol.64, iss.10, p.1208-1217, OCT 2012.

[Gupta, G. * Thorp, J.C. * Mara, N.A. * Dattelbaum, A.M. * Misra, A. * Picraux, S.T.], "Morphology and porosity of nanoporous Au thin films formed by dealloying of AuxSi1-x ", Journal of Applied Physics, vol.112, no.9, p.094320, 1 Nov. 2012.

[Carpenter, J. S. * McCabe, R. J. * Beyerlein, I. J. * Wynn, T. A. * Mara, N. A.], "A wedge-mounting technique for nanoscale electron backscatter diffraction", JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, Vol.113, iss.9, p.094304, MAR 7 2013.

[Wynn, T. A. * Bhattacharyya, D. * Hammon, D. L. * Misra, A. * Mara, N. A.], "Large strain deformation of bimodal layer thickness Cu/Nb nanolamellar composites", MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, Vol.564, p.213-217, MAR 1 2013.

[Dayal, P. * Bhattacharyya, D. * Mook, W.M. * Fu, E.G. * Wang, Y.-Q. * Carr, D.G. * Anderoglu, O. * Mara, N.A. * Misra, A. * Harrison, R.P. * Edwards, L.], "Effect of double ion implantation and irradiation by Ar and He ions on nano-indentation hardness of metallic alloys", Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol.438, iss.1-3, p.108-115, 2013.

[Bronkhorst, C. A. * Mayeur, J. R. * Beyerlein, I. J. * Mourad, H. M. * Hansen, B. L. * Mara, N. A. * Carpenter, J. S. * McCabe, R. J. * Sintay, S. D.], "Meso-Scale Modeling the Orientation and Interface Stability of Cu/Nb-Layered Composites by Rolling", JOM, Vol.65, iss.3, p.431-442, MAR 2013.

[Hollis, K. J. * Mara, N. A. * Field, R. D. * Wynn, T. A. * Crapps, J. M. * Dickerson, P. O.], "Bond Characterization of Plasma Sprayed Zirconium on Uranium Alloy by Microcantilever Testing", JOURNAL OF THERMAL SPRAY TECHNOLOGY, Vol.22, iss.2-3, p.233-241, MAR 2013.

[Carpenter, J. S. * Zheng, S. J. * Zhang, R. F. * Vogel, S. C. * Beyerlein, I. J. * Mara, N. A.], "Thermal stability of Cu-Nb nanolamellar composites fabricated via accumulative roll bonding", PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, Vol.93, iss.7, p.718-735, MAR 1 2013.

[Zheng, Shijian * Beyerlein, Irene J. * Carpenter, John S. * Kang, Keonwook * Wang, Jian * Han, Weizhong * Mara, Nathan A.], "High-strength and thermally stable bulk nanolayered composites due to twin-induced interfaces", NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, Vol.4, p.1696, APR 2013.