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Maria E. Nadal

Maria Nadal is a research chemist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States. She joined NIST in 1997 to work in the fields of Spectrophotometry, Color and Appearance, and Photometry and in 2001 was appointed as the Color and Appearance Project Leader. Her areas of research include all aspects of color and appearance, photometry, and measurement uncertainty. She is involved in developing new calibration service, measurement assurance programs, and standard reference materials for surface color, specular gloss, diffuse transmittance, and LED products as well as research in the goniochromatic attributes of special effect coatings.

Professional Activities:

  • Current Member of ASTM E12, CORM, ISCC, CIE, and IES
  • Current SIM Chair Committee on Photometry and Radiometry
  • Past President of Inter-Society Color Council
  • Chairman of ASTM E12.93 on Precision and Bias, 2004 – present
  • NVLAP Quality and Technical Assessor
  • SURF Students and Postdoctoral/Guest Researchers Mentor
  • Past Board of Directors Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), 2003-2005

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 Committee E12 on Color and Appearance Award of  Appreciation
  • 2004 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal
  • 2002 Woman of Color Government and Defense Technology Award
  • 1994-1996 University of Colorado Fellowship
  • 1990-1993 FORD Foundation Fellowship
  • 1990-1991 University of Colorado Fellowship
  • 1987-1989 Minority Access to Research Career Fellowship
  • 1989 Most Outstanding Student Award, Puerto Rico Chemical Society
  • 1986-1989 University of Puerto Rico, Chemistry Department Honors Program


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
Email: maria.nadal@nist.gov
Fax: 301-869-5700