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Khalid Hattar

Khalid Hattar

Phone (505) 845-9859


  • Materials
  • Materials behavior in extreme environments,
  • Dynamic loading
  • Metallurgical characterization
  • Corrosion
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Radiation detectors
  • Electron microscopy
  • Ion beam materials characterization
  • Design of next generation nuclear fuels
  • Microscopic, mesoscopic and continuum level mechanical behavior
  • Condensed matter
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Cladding materials
  • Science of Signatures - In Situ Measurements
  • Electron microscopy
  • Ion beam materials characterization
  • CINT
  • Fabrication
  • Structure Measurements
  • Property Measurements
  • Characterization


In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003


Professional Appointments

CINT Scientist, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, 2018-present

Principle Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, 2015-present

Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, 2008-2015


Professional Societies

SPIE, International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2010-present

Society for the Advanced of Material and Processing Engineering (SAMPE), 2010- 2012

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2008-present

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2003-present

Tau Beta Pi, 2003-present

Materials Research Society (MRS), UIUC chapter IT Officer, 2003-present

American Chemical Society (ACS), 2003-present

ASM International, 1995-present

  • Membership Committee, 2014-present
  • Albuquerque Chapter Recruiter, 2012-2015
  • Albuquerque Chapter President, 2011-2012
  • Albuquerque Chapter Vice-President, 2010-2011
  • DBTI Chapter Secretary, 1998-1999


Sandia National Laboratories Inventor Award for "Single Crystal Micromechanical Resonator", 2018

Sandia National Laboratories Spot Award for "The 2016 Tritium Grand Challenge Proposal", 2016

R&D 100 Award for "Triplet-Harvesting Plastic Scintillators", 2014

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award (Individual Nomination) for "In-situ ion irradiation TEM", 2013

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award (Team Nomination) for "Aberration-Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (AC-STEM) Realization Team", 2012

Sandia National Laboratories Spot Award for "I3TEM", 2011

Sandia Employee Recognition Award (Team Nomination) for "Grain Growth of Nanograined Metals Team", 2010




Matt Eichenfield, Jeremy Moore, Thomas A. Friedmann, Roy H. Olsson, Michael Wiwi, Camille Padilla, James Kenneth Douglas, Khalid Mikhiel Hattar. Second harmonic generation in resonant optical structures. U.S. Patent 18/9865987 filed June 5, 2017, and issued January 9, 2018.

Khalid Mikhiel Hattar, Jon-Erik Mogonye, Somuri V. Prasad. Ion beam modification of noble metals for electrical contacts. U.S. Patent 2016/0027547 filed July 16, 2015, and issued January 28, 2016.

Roy H. Olsson, Thomas A. Friedmann, Sara Jensen Homeijer, Michael Wiwi, Khalid Mikhiel Hattar, Blythe Clark, Todd Bauer, Stuart B. Van Deusen. A single crystal micromechanical resonator and fabrication methods thereof. U.S. Patent 2014/288,236 filed May 27, 2014, and issued December 20, 2016.


Thomas Edwin Beechem III, Khalid Mikhiel Hattar, Jon Ihlefeld, Edward S. Piekos, Douglas L. Medlin, Luke Yates and Patrick E. Hopkins. Ion-implanted thermal barrier. U.S. Patent Application 16/107,470 filed August 21, 2018.

Timothy J. Boyle, Khalid Mikhiel Hattar, Fernando Henry Garzon and Stephen J. Bauer. Tattletale ion-implanted nanoparticles. U.S. Patent Application 16/107,792 filed August 21, 2018.

K.L. Jungjohann, W.M. Mook, C. Chisholm, M.J. Shaw, K. Hattar, P.C. Galambos, A.J. Leenheer, S.J. Hearne. Active mechanical-environmental-thermal MEMS device for nanoscale characterization. U.S. Patent Application 15/925,118 filed March 19, 2018.



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

Jawaharram, G.S., P.M. Price, C.M. Barr, K. Hattar, R.S. Averback, and S.J. Dillon. “High temperature irradiation induced creep in Ag nanopillars measured via in situ transmission electron microscopy." Scripta Materialia (2018).

Zhang, Xinghang, Khalid Hattar, Youxing Chen, Lin Shao, Jin Li, Cheng Sun, Kaiyuan Yu et al. "Radiation damage in nanostructured materials." Progress in Materials Science (2018).

Taylor, Caitlin Anne, Daniel Charles Bufford, Brittany Rana Muntifering, David Senor, Mackenzie Steckbeck, Justin Davis, Barney Doyle, Daniel Buller, and Khalid Mikhiel Hattar. "In Situ TEM Multi-Beam Ion Irradiation as a Technique for Elucidating Synergistic Radiation Effects." Materials 10, no. 10 (2017): 1148.

Muntifering, Brittany, Sarah Jane Blair, Cajer Gong, Aaron Dunn, Rémi Dingreville, Jianmin Qu, and Khalid Hattar. "Cavity Evolution at Grain Boundaries as a Function of Radiation Damage and Thermal Conditions in Nanocrystalline Nickel." Materials Research Letters 4, no. 2 (2016): 96-103.

Bufford, D. C., F. F. Abdeljawad, S. M. Foiles, and K. Hattar. "Unraveling irradiation induced grain growth with in situ transmission electron microscopy and coordinated modeling." Applied Physics Letters 107, no. 19 (2015): 191901.

Chee, See Wee, Sarah H. Pratt, Khalid Hattar, David Duquette, Frances M. Ross, and Robert Hull. "Studying localized corrosion using liquid cell transmission electron microscopy." Chem. Commun. 51, no. 1 (2014): 168-171.

Hattar, Khalid, Daniel Charles Bufford, and Daniel L. Buller. "Concurrent in situ ion irradiation transmission electron microscope." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 338 (2014): 56-65.

Li, N., K. Hattar, and A. Misra. "In situ probing of the evolution of irradiation-induced defects in copper." Journal of Nuclear Materials 439, no. 1 (2013): 185-191.

Hoppe, Sarah M., Darryl Y. Sasaki, Aubrianna N. Kinghorn, and Khalid Hattar. "In-situ transmission electron microscopy of liposomes in an aqueous environment." Langmuir 29, no. 32 (2013): 9958-9961.

Höchbauer, T., A. Misra, K. Hattar, and R. G. Hoagland. "Influence of interfaces on the storage of ion-implanted He in multilayered metallic composites." Journal of applied physics 98, no. 12 (2005): 123516.