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Brad L. Boyce

Brad Boyce

Phone (505) 845-7525


  • Materials
  • Materials behavior in extreme environments,
  • Dynamic loading
  • High temperature
  • Irradiation
  • Alloy design and development
  • Mechanical forming and machining
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Welding and joining
  • Metallurgical characterization
  • Corrosion
  • Novel manufacturing methods
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Microfabrication
  • Electron microscopy
  • Ion/solid interactions
  • Alloy phase theory
  • Plasticity theory
  • Statistical mechanics properties of materials
  • Microscopic, mesoscopic and continuum level mechanical behavior
  • Soft and biological materials
  • CINT
  • Structure Measurements
  • Property Measurements
  • Materials
  • Materials Texture
  • In-situ Load-Stress/Strain neutron Characterization
  • In-situ Load-Stress/Strain X-ray Characterization
  • CINT
  • Characterization


Mechanisms of deformation, fracture, fatigue, and creep at the micro- and nano-scale.

Performance of microsystems, coatings, and small structures.


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2001

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1998

B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1996


Professional Appointments

CINT Scientist, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, 2017-present

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, 2014-present

Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, 2005-2014

Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories,  2001-2005



Finalist, Cahn Prize, 2015

DOE NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence, ARMS Product Realization Team, 2015

Sandia Employee Recognition Award for Predicting Performance Margins team (team lead), 2015

Sandia Inventor Award, 2014

Gordon Conference Discussion Leader (topic: thin film and small scale mechanical behavior), 2014

Sandia Distinguished Mentorship Award, 2013

Selected for participation in the Emerging Leaders Alliance Program, 2013

Gordon Research Conference Invited Presentation (area: thin film and small scale mechanics), 2012

Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award, ASM, 2012

Nominated and selected for National Academy of Engineers’ Frontiers of Engineering Symp., 2010

Sandia’s LDRD Award of Excellence, 2010

TMS Young Leader Award, 2008

Metallurgical Transactions Excellent Review, 2001, 2010

John and Fannie K. Hertz Foundation Fellowship, 1996-2001



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

N.M. Heckman. S. Foiles, C.J. O’Brien, M. Chandross, C.M. Barr, N. Argibay, K. Hattar, P. Lu, D. Adams, B.L. Boyce, “New nanoscale toughening mechanisms mitigate embrittlement in binary nanocrystalline alloys”, Nanoscale, 2018.

J.F. Curry, T.F. Babusaka, T.A. Furnish, P. Lu, D.P. Adams, A.B. Kustas, B.L. Nation, M.T. Dugger, M. Chandross, B.G. Clark, B.L. Boyce, C.A. Schuh, N. Argibay, “Achieving Ultra-Low Wear with Stable Nanocrystalline Metals”, Advanced Materials, 2018.

P. Noell, J. Carroll, K. Hattar, B. Clark, B. Boyce, “Do voids nucleate at grain boundaries during ductile rupture?”, Acta Materialia, 2017

B.L. Boyce, B.C. Salzbrenner, J.M. Rodelas, A.M. Roach, L.P. Swiler, J.D. Madison, B.H. Jared, Y.-L. Shen, “Extreme-value statistics reveal rare failure-critical defects in additive manufacturing”, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2017.

D.C. Bufford, D. Stauffer, W.M. Mook, S.A. Asif, B.L. Boyce, K. Hattar “High cycle fatigue in the transmission electron microscope”, Nano Letters, 2016.

T.A. Furnish, B.L. Boyce, J.A. Sharon, C.J. O’Brien, B.G. Clark, C.L. Arrington, J.R. Pillars, “Fatigue stress concentration and notch sensitivity in nanocrystalline metals”, Journal of Materials Research, 2016.

F.W. DelRio, R.F. Cook, B.L. Boyce, “Fracture strength of micro- and nano-scale silicon components” Applied Physics Reviews, 2015.

H. Lim, J.D. Carroll, C.C. Battaile, T.E. Buchheit, B.L. Boyce, and C.R. Weinberger, “Grain-scale Experimental Validation of Crystal Plasticity Finite Element Simulations of Tantalum Oligocrystals,” Int. J. Plasticity, 60, p. 1-18, 2014.

J.A. Sharon, K. Hattar, B.L. Boyce, L.N. Brewer, “Compressive properties of <110> Cu micro-pillars after self-ion irradiation”, Materials Research Letters, 2014.

C.C Battaile, B.L. Boyce, C.R. Weinberger, S.V. Prasad, J.R. Michael, B.G. Clark, “The hardness and strength of metal tribofilms: an apparent contradiction between nanoindentation and pillar compression”, Acta Materialia, 60(4), p. 1712-1720, 2012.