Surface Science Lab Manager
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Chad Watson joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the fall of 2007. Prior to Boise State University, Chad pursued a B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001) in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). Chad’s M.S. thesis focused on the modification of glass properties (optical, electrical and mechanical) as a function of ion exchange techniques. Upon completion of his thesis, Chad was hired by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At Sandia, Chad was responsible for a variety of projects related to mechanical properties of glasses and ceramics, failure analysis, component reliability, product development. Ultimately, Chad’s role evolved to include process engineering responsibilities for the production of ZnO varistors.
Chad brings his extensive experience to Boise State University as the Surface Science Lab Manager, the DARPA Project Manager, and the Senior Project Instructor for the Materials Science and Engineering Department. As the Surface Science Lab Manager, Chad provides administrative and technical continuity/expertise for faculty, students and government/corporate sponsored research programs. Chad supports and facilitates undergraduate and graduate student research by ensuring appropriate integration of atomic force microscopy-based techniques on a variety of material systems, from biomaterials (DNA origami) to ferromagnetic shape memory alloys (Nickel-Manganese-Gallium).
Selected Publications and Presentations
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
M. Reinhold, C. Watson, W.B. Knowlton and P. Müllner, “Transformation Twinning of Ni-Mn-Ga Characterized with Temperature-Controlled Atomic Force Microscopy,” Journal of Applied Physics – 107, 113501 (2010).
T.F. Juliano, T.E. Buchheit, S.V. Kalinin, C.S. Watson, Y.G. Gogotsi, J. Shin and A.P. Baddorf, “Detection of Indentation Induced FE-to-AFE Phase Transformation in Lead Zirconate Titanate,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 89  3557-3559 (2006).
C.S. Watson, “Strength and Reliability of Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramics,” Fracture Mechanics of Ceramics, 14 485-498 (2005).
C.S. Watson and P. Yang, “Effects of Lead Stoichiometry on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of PZT 95/5,” Ceramic Transactions, 167 89-98 (2005).
P. Yang, J.A. Voigt, S.A. Lockwood, M.A. Rodriguez, G.R. Burns and C.S. Watson, “The Effects of Lead Stoichiometry on the Dielectric Performance of Niobium Modified PZT 95/5 Ceramics,” Ceramic Transactions, 150 289-297 (2004).
D.A. Hirschfeld, D.S. Walsh and C.S. Watson, “Elastic Recoil Detection of Depletion Layer Formation during Anodic Bonding,” AIP Conference Proceedings, 680 389-395 (2003).
C.S. Watson, D.A. Hirschfeld and W.K. Schubert, “Low-Temperature Anodic Bonding Facilitated by Lithium-Exchanged Sodium Borosilicate Glass,” Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 23  877-884 (2002).
Conference Presentations and Posters
J. Henderson, C. Watson, W.L. Hughes and W.B. Knowlton, “Multi-scale Mechanical Property Evaluation of Soft Materials,” poster presentation at the 2010 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society in the Symposium – Biological Materials and Structures in Physiologically Extreme Conditions and Disease, (San Francisco, CA; April 7, 2010).
W.B. Knowlton, H. Bui, C. Onodera, B. Yurke, W.L. Hughes, E. Graugnard, W. Kuang, J. Lee, C. Buu, S. Barnes, A. Cox, D. Daniel, M. Yates, P. Walker, J. Henderson, C. Watson, J. Brotherton, DNA Self-Assembled Nanostructures for Device Applications, Invited Tutorial – International Integrated Reliability Workshop (Fallen Leaf Lake, CA, Oct. 18, 2009).
J. Henderson, M. Yates, C. Watson, W.L. Hughes, and W.B. Knowlton, “Exploratory Comparative Study of Nano-Mechanical Techniques on Soft Materials,” poster presentation at the 8th Annual INBRE Research Conference (Pocatello, ID; August 3-5, 2009).
W.L. Hughes, B. Yurke, H. Bui, Y. Tan, R. Butler, W. McNeil, C. Watson, W.B. Knowlton, W. Kuang and J. Lee, “DNA-Based Nanotubes: A tool for Understanding Entropic Effects of DNA Self-Assembly,” poster presentation at the 2009 International Workshop on DNA-Based Nanotechnology: Construction, Mechanics, and Electronics, (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany; May 11-15, 2009).
J. Henderson, C. Watson, J.T. Oxford, W.B. Knowlton, “Investigating the Nanomechanical Properties of Biomaterials Using Atomic Force Microscopy,” poster presentation at the 7th Annual INBRE Research Conference, (Boise, ID; August 6, 2008).