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Khalid Hattar

Khalid Hattar

Director of the Tennessee Ion Beam Materials Laboratory and Associate Professor


Khalid Hattar has over 16 years of experience in radiation damage effects in a large range of materials systems including metallic, ceramics, and polymeric systems. He has developed a range of in situ techniques to explore the microstructural and property response of materials to combined extreme conditions at both the TEM and SEM length scale. He has 173 publications in refereed journal publications with over 4,600 citations and an H-index of 35 (google scholar). He is extremely active in the community including ANS Accelerator Applications Division and routinely coordinates sessions at research conferences, as well as serves as guest editor for top community journals.


  • Elucidating the response of microstructures to overlapping extreme conditions via combinations of in situ electron microscopy techniques to understand complex radiation environments.
  • Utilizing film growth and ion beam modification techniques to produce nanostructured systems with tailored thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties.


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

  • Advisor: Prof. Ian M. Robertson
  • Dissertation: “Thermal and mechanical stability of nanograined face-centered cubic free-standing films.”

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Materials Science emphasis, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 2003

Professional Service

  • Members of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Nuclear Society (ANS), ASM International, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Materials Research Society (MRS),  Tau Beta Pi, and TMS         
  • ANS Accelerator Applications Division (AAD) Executive Committee Member
  • ASM International Membership Engagement and Engineering Materials Achievement Award Selection Committee Member
  • Organized 39 conferences, workshops, or technical Sessions including:
    • Radiation Effects topic editor for Conference on Application of Accelerators in Research & Industry (CAARI)
    • Radiation Effects in Metals and Ceramics and Mechanical Behavior of Nuclear Reactor Components symposiums co-chair at TMS.
    • Workshop on TEM with In-situ Irradiation (WOTWSI)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2022, Excellent Service as a Reviewer for Acta Materialia
  • 2022, TMS J. Keith Brimacombe Medalist (Mid-career recognition)
  • 2020, Arab American Foundation “40 Under 40” Awardee
  • 2014, R&D 100 Award for Triplet-Harvesting Plastic Scintillators, R&D 100
  • 2010-2011, President of the ASM Albuquerque Chapter, Five Star Award Winner, International Materials
  • 2008, Finalist, Graduate student Award for the 2008 MRS Spring Meeting, Materials Research Society
  • 2007, Cover Competition Winner, Materials Today 
  • 2005, Intel/Racheff Award for Outstanding Graduate Research
  • Fall 2004, Trophy Award for Outstanding Conference Proceeding, Materials Research Society  


Select list of publications. For the full list, view their Google Scholar page.

  1. Barr, C. M., E. Lang, K. Burns, P. Price, B. D. Miller, D. D. Keiser Jr, A. Aitkaliyeva, and K. Hattar. "The Complex Structural and Chemical Nature of Monolithic U-10Mo Fuel and Zr Barrier Layer." Journal of Nuclear Materials (2022): 154083.
  2. Daly, Luke, Martin R. Lee, Lydia J. Hallis, Hope A. Ishii, John P. Bradley, Phillip. A. Bland, David W. Saxey, Denis Fougerouse, William D. A. Rickard, Lucy V. Forman, Nicholas E. Timms, Fred Jourdan, Steven M. Reddy, Tobias Salge, Zakaria Quadir, Evangelos V. Christou, Morgan A. Cox, Jeffrey A. Aguiar, Khalid Hattar, Anthony Monterrosa, Lindsay P. Keller, Roy Christoffersen, Catherine A. Dukes, Mark J. Loeffler and Michelle S. Thompson. "Solar wind contributions to Earth’s oceans." Nature Astronomy (2021): 1-11. “Solar contributions to Earth’s oceans” Nature Astronomy (2021)
  3. Jawaharram, Gowtham Sriram, Christopher M. Barr, Anthony M. Monterrosa, Khalid Hattar, Robert S. Averback, and Shen J. Dillon. "Irradiation induced creep in nanocrystalline high entropy alloys." Acta Materialia 182 (2020): 68-76.
  4. Grosso, Robson, Eliana NS Muccillo, Dereck NF Muche, Gowtham S. Jawaharram, Christopher M. Barr, Anthony M. Monterrosa, Ricardo HR Castro, Khalid Hattar, and Shen J. Dillon. "In situ Transmission Electron Microscopy for Ultrahigh Temperature Mechanical Testing of ZrO2." Nano Letters (2020)
  5. Taylor, Caitlin Anne, Tina Nenoff, Sarah H. Pratt, and Khalid Hattar. "Synthesis of Complex Rare Earth Nanostructures using In-situ Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy." Nanoscale Advances (2019).
  6. Taylor, Caitlin Anne, Daniel Charles Bufford, Brittany Rana Muntifering, David Senor, Mackenzie Steckbeck, Justin Davis, Barney Doyle, Daniel Buller, and Khalid Hattar. "In Situ TEM Multi-Beam Ion Irradiation as a Technique for Elucidating Synergistic Radiation Effects." Materials 10, no. 10 (2017): 1148.
  7. 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.
  8. Bufford, Daniel, Sarah H. Pratt, Timothy J. Boyle, and Khalid Hattar. "In Situ TEM Ion Irradiation and Implantation Effects on Au Nanoparticle Morphologies." ChemComm 50, no. 57 (2014): 7593-7596. Invited and Back Cover
  9. Höchbauer, Tobias, Amit Misra, Khalid Hattar, and Richard 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.
  10. Wang, Yongqiang, and Khalid Hattar. "Radiation Damage in Materials—Helium Effects." Materials (2020): 2143.
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