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Maria E. Nadal

Maria Nadal is currently involved with spectrophotometric measurements in the Sensor Science Division at NIST. Her primary areas of research are color and appearance. She is involved in developing new calibration service and standard reference materials for surface color, specular gloss, and diffuse transmittance, as well as research in the goniochromatic attributes of special effect coatings.

Dr. Nadal is a member of ASTM International, Inter-Society of Color Council (ISCC), the Council for Optical Radiation Measurement (CORM), and the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). She is the Current President of ISCC and Chair of ASTM E12.93.

She received the 2008 Committee E12 on Color and Appearance Award of Appreciation, 2004 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, and 2002 Woman of Color Government and Defense Technology Award.

Her currents research projects are Surface Color, Specular Gloss, and Diffuse Transmittance.


Research Chemist
Sensor Science Division
Optical Radiation Group

Employment History:

1997-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico


Phone: 301-975-4632
Fax: 301-869-5700