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Judith Vidal

Researcher IV-Material and Process Engineering

Judith.Vidal@nrel.gov | 303-275-4290

Judith joined the Thermal Systems Group in 2010 to work in the field of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP). She is developing coatings to protect containment materials at high temperatures (600°–900°C) in molten salts and liquid metal alloys. She is using electrochemical and mass changes techniques to study the degradation behavior of these materials. Judith is also studying new formulations of molten salts and liquid metal alloys as thermal energy storage and advanced heat transfer fluids for CSP systems. She developed a new process in molten-salt electrolysis for which a patent was granted. She holds a volunteer appointment as Research Assistant Professor at Colorado School of Mines, where she serves as an advisor and member on graduate theses committees.

Education

Ph.D. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
M.S. Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela
B.S. Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela