Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Cheng Saw

Materials Scientist/Metallurgist
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-5540

Ph.D. Solid State Physics
University of Rhode Island
B.A. Physics
Berea College, KY

Research Interests

  • Materials science: application of x-ray, synchrotron and neutron scattering techniques
  • Polymer structure and morphology, crystallization, phase transformations
  • Structure/property relationship for fibers, films and bulk materials
  • Nano-structures properties, piezoelectric, amorphous metals
  • Computer simulation of amorphous metals
  • Structure and kinetics of energetic materials
  • Metallurgy – structure and property behavior

Previous Research Experience

  • 1998-present Materials scientist/metallurgist at MSTD-CMS, Lawrence Livermore
  • >1992-1998 Staff Scientist, Hoechst Celanese Corporation
  • 1985-1992 Senior Research Physicist, Hoechst Celanese Corporation
  • 1986-1987 Adjunct Professor, Center for Material Science, LANL
  • 1983-1985 Post-Doc, Material Science Division, ANL.
  • 1981-1983 Post-Doc, Solid State Physics Division, ORNL (Ames Lab.)


  • Univ. of Rhode Island Doctoral Fellowship. Teaching assistantship
  • Berea College (1970-1974) Scholarship, Dean's list
  • APS Member since 1974, ACS, MRS
  • Co-Advisor to Ph.D candidate (J. Pan), Univ. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Neutron Scattering Society of America, Industrial Steering Committee member
  • Lead in X11 PRT member and X27 PRT member (NSLS) for Hoechst Celanese


  • B. Gupta, C. K. Saw, M.E. Kenny and B.A. Harrington, "Novel synthesis of sodipotassic copper tube silicates", US Patent 4,942,026, Jul 17, 1990
  • O.R. Hughes, Kurschus D.K, Saw C.K., et al."Production of high modulus, modulus, high tenacity polyethylene terephthalate fibers, used as tire cords", US5935499-A
  • Saw, C.K., Bauer, W,A, Choi, Day, S.D., Farmer, J.C.," Manufacture of amorphous iron-based metal alloy used for protection of military vehicle, involves combining amorphous iron-based alloy and metal(s) chosen from molybdenum, boron and gadolinium, to form mixtures and ball-milling mixture", US patent 2010263766-A1, 21-Oct-2010

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

Cheng K. Saw, "X-ray Scattering Techniques for Characterization of Nanosystems in Lifesciences", in Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences, Wiley-VCH 2005-2006, Ed: Challa S.S.Kumar ISBN 978-3-527-31383-9

Scientific Papers

L.N. Dinh, S.K. McCall, C.K. Saw, J.M. Haschke, P.G. Allen, W. McLean II, "The plutonium-hydrogen reaction: SEM characterization product morphology", J. of Nuclear Materials, 451 (1-3) 143-146, August 2014

C.K. Saw, J.M. Haschke, P.G. Allen, W. Mclean II, L.N. Dinh, "Hydrogen corrosion of plutonium: Evidence of fast grain-boundary reaction and slower intragrain reaction", J. of Nuclear Materials, 429 (1-3) 128-135, October 2012

L.N. Dinh, J.M. Haschke, C.K. Saw, W. McLean II, "Pu2O3 and plutonium hydriding process", J. of Nuclear Materials, 408 (2) 171-175, January 2011

N.J. Cherepy, B.W. Sturm, O.B. Brury, T.A. Hurst, S.A. Sheets, L.E. Ahle, C.K. Saw, M.A.. Pearson, A.A. Payne, A. Burger, L.A. Boatner, J.O. Ramey, E.V. van Loef, J. Glodo, R. Hawrami, W.M. Higgins, K.S. Shah, W.W. Moses, "SrI2 scintillator for gamma ray spectroscopy", Proc. of SPIE 7449, 2009 (San Diego)

R.A. Negres, C.K. Saw, P. DeMange and S.G. Demos, "Laser damage performance of KD2-xHxPO4 crystals following x-ray irradiation", Optics exress 16 (21) 16326-16333, 13 Oct 2008

C.K. Saw, G. Collins, J. Menczel and M. Jaffe, "Thermally induced reorganization in LCP fibers: molecular origin of mechanical strength", J. of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetery (93) (2008) 175-182.

J.C. Farmer, J-S Choi, C.K. Saw, R.H. Rebak, S.D. Day, T. Lian, P.D. Hailey, D.J. Branagan, L.F. Aprigliano, "Corrosion Resistance of Amorphous Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4 coating: A new criticality control material", Nuclear Technology 161 (2) 169-189, Feb 2008.

R.A. Negres, C.K. Saw S.G. Demos, "Interactions between x-ray induced transient defects and pre-existing damage precursors in DKDP crystals", SPIE proceedings 7132, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2008, 713212, Dec 2008

J.K. Zhou, L.L. Hsiung, R. Chau and C.K. Saw, "An x-ray study of shock-recovered Ta single crystals", Shock compression of condensed matter, AIP Conf. Proc. 995, 677-680, 2007

Chung, B. W., Saw, C.K., Thompson, S.R., et al., "Analysis of density changes in plutonium observed from accelerated aging using Pu-238 enrichment", Conference: 4th Topical Conference on Plutonium and Actinides/Plutonium Futures - The Science 2006", Pacific Grove, CA July 9-13, 2006 J. of Alloys and compounds, 444, 329-332. Oct 11, 2007

Farmer, J. C.; Haslam, J. J.; Day, S. D.; et al, "Corrosion resistance of thermally sprayed high-boron iron-based amorphous-metals coatings: Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4", J. of Materials Res. 22 (8) 2297-2311, Aug 2007

Jankowski, A.F., Saw, C.K., Ferreira, J.L. et. al., "Morphology, microstructure and residual stress in EBPVD erbia coatings", J. of Materials Sci., 42 (14) 5722-5727, Jul 2007

Jankowski, A. F.; Hayes, J. P.; Saw, C. K., "Dimensional attributes in enhanced hardness of nanocrystalline Ta-V nanolaminates", Philosophical Mag. 87 (16-17) 2323-2334 (2007)

Saw, C.K., Wall, M.A., Chung, B.W., (ed. Blobaum, KJM; Chandler, EA; Havela, L; et al.) "Changes in deltaplutonium due to aging as observed by continuous in-situ X-ray scattering", Conference: Symposium on Actinides-Basic Science, Applications and Technology held at the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting Location: Boston, MA Date: NOV 26-30, 2006, Actinides 2006-Basic Science, Applications and Technology Book Series: Materials Res. Soc. Sym. Proc. 986, 137-141 (2007)

Jankowski, Alan F.; Saw, Cheng K.; Hayes, Jeffrey P., "The thermal stability of nanocrystalline Au-Cu alloys", Conference: 33rd International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films Location: San Diego, CA Date: MAY 01-05, 2006 Sponsor(s): Amer Vacuum Soc, Adv Surface Engn Div Thin Films 515 (3) 1152-1156 (2006 )

Yujun Song, Hartwig Modrow, Laurence L. Henry, Cheng K. Saw, Ed E. Doomes, Vadim Palshin, Josef Hormes and Challa S S R Kumar, Microfluidic Synthesis of Cobalt Nanoparticles, Chem. Mater., 18 (12), 2817 -2827, 2006.

Jankowski, AF., Saw, CK, Happer JF, Vallier, BF, Ferreira, JL, Hayes, JP, "Nanocrystalline growth and grain-size effects in Au-Cu electrodeposits", Thin Solid Films, 494 (1-2): 268:273, Jan 3, 2006

Jankowski, AF; Saw, CK; Harper, JF; et al., "Nanocrystalline growth and grain-size effects in Au-Cu electrodeposits", Conference: 32nd International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Film Location: San Diego, CA Date: MAY 02-06, 2005

Cheng K. Saw and Wigbert J. Siekhaus, "Thermal Expansion of AuIn2", Scripta Materialia, 53 (10), 1153-1157, November 2005

Z. Guo, V. Palshim, L. Henry, H. Modrow, Y. Song, J. Hormes, C.K. Saw, E. Podlaha and C.SSR Kumar, "Surfactant Effects on Structure and Properties of Cobalt Nanoparticles", To be published

Z. Guo, EJ. Podlaha, E. E. Doomes, H Modrow, K Olimov, LL. Henry, J Hormes, C.K. Saw, CS.S.R. Kumar, "Nano and Micro Co-Cu Core-shell Particles: Electronic, Geometric and Magnetic properties", to be published

Zaitseva N, Harper J, Gerion D, Saw, C, "Unseeded growth of germanium nanowires by vapor-liquid-solid mechanism", Applied Physics Letters 86 (5), 53105, Jan 31, 2005

Jankowski AF, Saw CK, "Diffusion in Ni/CrMo composition-modulated films", Scripta Materialia 51 (2), 119-124, Jul 2004.

Jankowski, AF; Saw, CK; Walton, CC; et al., "Boron-carbide barrier layers in scandium-silicon multilayers", Conference: 31st International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films Location: San Diego, CA Date: APR 19-23, 2004, Thin solid films 469 (Special Issue) 372-376 (DEC 22 2004)

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