Fall 2020 Seminar Series: Nidia Gallego

November 18, 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Nidia Gallego

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Host: Jim Spicer


Carbon and graphite materials play a significant role in various nuclear energy reactor designs for generation of clean energy and in nuclear applications for space exploration.  This presentation will introduce the unique properties of carbon and graphite materials that are essential for these applications and will outline several current research activities within the Carbon and Composites Group at ORNL.  Emphasis will be given to the graphite-molten salt interaction studies as part of the Molten Salt Reactor Campaign. A brief overview of the various opportunities for students to become involved with research projects at ORNL will be presented.


Nidia C. Gallego is the Group Leader of the Carbon Materials Technology Group within the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Her research interests include: thermal physical properties of carbon materials; development and characterization of porous carbon materials for gas separation and energy storage applications, low-cost carbon fibers; high-performance carbon fibers and graphite foams for thermal management applications; and the effects of neutron damage on the structure and properties of carbon materials; Dr. Gallego is the author of over 50 publications on the subject of high-performance carbon fibers, graphite foams for thermal management, nanoporous carbons for hydrogen storage, and effect of neutron damage on graphite foams. She is an active member of the American Carbon Society and has served on the Advisory Board since July 2010. She has organized several workshops on behalf of the American Carbon Society, and served on the organizing and technical committees of the International Carbon Conferences. In 2009 she received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the US DOE Office of Science. In 2011 Dr. Gallego was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Grant that allow her to be a visiting scholar for two months at the Universidad del Valle in Colombia. She is a member of the team that received the 2012 UT-Battelle Engineering Research & Development Award. She is an active member of the Hispanic Latino American Committee and the Committee for Women at ORNL.

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