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Nikolaus Lynn Cordes


  • X-ray Computed Tomography
  • 3D Image Processing and Analysis
  • Electron Microscopy
  • High Surface Area Materials Synthesis and Characterization
  • Elemental Imaging
  • X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Data Analysis
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Mechanical Behavior of Foam Materials


Ph.D., Materials/Analytical Chemistry
Advisor: Martin G. Bakker, Ph.D.
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Department of Chemistry

M.S., Analytical Chemistry Advisor: Martin G. Bakker, Ph.D. The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL Department of Chemistry 2008

B.S., Chemistry; Biology minor Advisor: Cynthia Tidwell, Ph.D. University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics 2005


LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate Advisor: Brian M. Patterson, Ph.D. Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM 2012-2015



Postdoctoral Honors & Awards LAAP Team Award Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2014

Graduate Honors & Awards Graduate Student Travel Award The University of Alabama Graduate School, 2009

National Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship The University of Alabama Graduate School, 2008-2009

Graduate Council Fellowship The University of Alabama Graduate School, 2005–2006

Undergraduate Honors & Awards Senior Elite, Chemistry University of Montevallo, 2005

Hypercube Scholar Award University of Montevallo, 2005

CRC Press Chemistry Award University of Montevallo, 2005

University of Montevallo Freshman Leadership Scholarship University of Montevallo, 2001-2005

Dean of Arts and Sciences Scholarship in Chemistry University of Montevallo, 2002-2005




Peer-Reviewed Publications

[1] Z.D. Smith, J.R. Keller, M. Bello, N.L. Cordes, C.F. Welch, J.A. Torres, L.A. Goodwin, R.M. Pacheco, C.W. Sandoval, Plackett–Burman experimental design to facilitate syntactic foam development, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 133 (2016).

[2] B.M. Patterson, N.L. Cordes, K. Henderson, J.J. Williams, T. Stannard, S.S. Singh, A.R. Ovejero, X. Xiao, M. Robinson, N. Chawla, In situ X-ray synchrotron tomographic imaging during the compression of hyper-elastic polymeric materials, J. Mater. Sci., (2016) 1-17.

[3] K.G. McIntosh, N.L. Cordes, B.M. Patterson, G.J. Havrilla, Laboratory-based characterization of plutonium in soil particles using micro-XRF and 3D confocal XRF, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy, 30 (2015) 1511-1517.

[4] N.L. Cordes, S. Seshadri, G.J. Havrilla, X. Yuan, M. Feser, B.M. Patterson, Three dimensional subsurface elemental identification of minerals using confocal micro-X-ray fluorescence and micro-X-ray computed tomography, Spectrochim. Acta Part B, 103 (2015) 144-154.

[5] W.L. Boncher, T.C. Lin, N.L. Cordes, M.P. Hehlen, Sequestration of cerium (III) bromide into mesoporous silica, Microporous Mesoporous Mater., 211 (2015) 158-161.

[6] N.L. Cordes, G.J. Havrilla, I.O. Usov, K.A. Obrey, B.M. Patterson, Non-destructive elemental quantification of polymer-embedded thin films using laboratory based X-ray techniques, Spectrochim. Acta Part B, 101 (2014) 320-329.

[7] B.M. Patterson, K. Henderson, R.D. Gilbertson, S. Tornga, N.L. Cordes, M.E. Chavez, Z. Smith, Morphological and Performance Measures of Polyurethane Foams Using X-Ray CT and Mechanical Testing, Microsc. Microanal., 20 (2014) 1284-1293.


Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

[1] N.L. Cordes, K. Henderson, T. Stannard, J.J. Williams, X. Xiao, M.W. Robinson, T.A. Schaedler, N. Chawla, B.M. Patterson, Synchrotron-Based X-ray Computed Tomography During Compression Loading of Cellular Materials, Microscopy Today, 23 (2015) 12-19.

[2] B.M. Patterson, N.L. Cordes, B.C. Tappan, D.G. Thompson, V.W. Manner, Damaging HMX/HTPB Formulations: In-situ Compression Imaging using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography, LANL Report (2015).

[3] J. Keller, Z. Smith, M. Bello, N.L. Cordes,Plackett-Burman Analysis of Glass Microballoon Filled Syntactic Foams, LANL Report (2014).

[4] R.M. Pacheco, B.M. Patterson, N.L. Cordes, D. Yang, Thermal Aging Effect of SX358 Foams, LANL Report (2014).


Conference Proceedings

[1] B. Hornberger, H. Bale, A. Merkle, M. Feser, W. Harris, S. Etchin, M. Leibowitz, W. Qiu, A. Tkachuk, A. Gu, X-ray microscopy for in situ characterization of 3D microstructure evolution in the laboratory, in:  SPIE Optical Engineering+ Applications, International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015, pp. 95920Q-95920Q-95911.

[2] N.L. Cordes, K. Henderson, T. Stannard, J.J. Williams, X. Xiao, M.W. Robinson, T.A. Schaedler, N. Chawla, B.M. Patterson, Micro-scale X-ray Computed Tomography of Additively Manufactured Cellular Materials under Uniaxial Compression, Microsc. Microanal., 21 (2015) 129-130.

[3] N.L. Cordes, K. Henderson, B. Hornberger, B.M. Patterson, First Results of Integrating a Compression/Tension Load Cell with Nano-scale X-ray Transmission Microscopy, Microsc. Microanal., 21 (2015) 1559-1560.

[4] B.M. Patterson, N. Chawla, J. Williams, X. Xiao, M. Robinson, Z. Smith, K. Henderson, N. Cordes, In-situ Compression Imaging of Polymer Foams using Synchrotron X-ray Computed Tomography, Microsc. Microanal., 20 (2014) 672-673.

[5] N.L. Cordes, S. Seshadri, G.J. Havrilla, B.M. Patterson, M. Feser, X. Yuan, Y. Gu, D. Wang, Subsurface Particle Analysis using X-ray Computed Tomography and Confocal Xray Fluorescence, Microsc. Microanal., 20 (2014) 778-779.

[6] N.L. Cordes, J. Cowan, C.E. Hamilton, K.A. Obrey, B.M. Patterson, Quantitative Density Analysis of Ultra-Low Density Polymer Foams Using Various X-ray Imaging Techniques, Microsc. Microanal., 20 (2014) 666-667.

[7] B.M. Patterson, N.L. Cordes, R. Gilbertson, Z. Smith, The Application of X-ray Micro-and Nano-Scale Computed Tomography to the Morphological and In-situ Dynamic Study of Polymer Foam Materials, Microsc. Microanal., 19 (2013) 398-399.

[8] N.L. Cordes, G.J. Havrilla, K.A. Obrey, B.M. Patterson, Characterization of Metal Doped Polymer Capsules using Confocal Micro X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy and X-ray Computed Tomography, Microsc. Microanal., 19 (2013) 646-647.

[9] N.L. Cordes, M.G. Bakker, Formation of Micro and Nanostructured Nickel/Silica and Nickel/Metal Composites by Electrodeposition of Mesoporous Silica onto Nickel Foam, MRS Proceedings, 1304 (2011) mrsf10-1304-z1304-1301.

[10] N. Cordes, M. Bakker, N. Shiraishi, Materials Challenges Facing Electrical Energy Storage: November 30-December 4, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

[11] N. Cordes, M. Bakker, Ion Transport through Pore-Forming Peptides Incorporated into Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs), The 56th Southeast Regional Meeting 2004, (2004).


N.L. Cordes, Electrochemically assisted self assembly of mesoporous silica on conducting substrates as templates for electroactive metal oxides, in, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, 2012.



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