A technique for forming a material including nanotwinned silver crystals in solid solution with a solute that exhibits enhanced strength and desirable electrical conductivity, as compared to coarse-grained material. Synthesis of nanotwinned silver alloy material is achieved by cooling of a substrate and co-deposition of silver and the solute. Controlling the processing conditions of synthesis allows for tailoring of the nanostructure and mechanical properties of the nanotwinned silver alloy material. A material including nanotwinned silver crystals in solid solution with a solute also is described.
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 This invention was made with Government support from a grant under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering. The Government may have certain rights in the invention.