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Dr. Edgar E. Vidal

Director, Sales, Market & Business Development

Volunteer Appointment at Mines:
Research Associate Professor

    The George S. Ansell Department of
    Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
    Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, Colorado 80401-1887

Education

    PhD in Metallurgy, University of Idaho
    Dissertation: Inductively Coupled Plasma Deposition of Barium Ferrite (BaFe12O19) Films

    MS in Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University
    Thesis: Thermal Plasma Production of Zirconium Carbide (thesis honored)

    BS in Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University
    Thesis: Study of the Intergranular Corrosion of a 316 S.S. partially modified with vanadium

Professional Experience

    2010-Present: Sales, Market and Business Development - Materion Beryllium & Composites
    2008-2009: Sr. Technologist - Brush Wellman, Inc. (now Materion Brush)
    2005-2008: Assistant Professor - Colorado School of Mines
    2002-2004: Visiting Scholar - Colorado School of Mines

Research Interests

    Beryllium and lightweight alloys and composites
    Thermal plasma processing of materials
    Materials development for nuclear reactors

Honors and Awards

    Young Leader Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) (2003)
    Level I Researcher Award, Venezuelan National Science Foundation (FONACIT) (2001)

Undergraduate and Graduate Theses Supervised

    Over 20 undergraduate and graduate theses supervised in areas of corrosion, hydrogen damage, chemical metallurgy, and chemical processing.

Professional Societies

    The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • EPD Rep. for the Content Development & Dissemination Committee
    Past Chair for the Hydro and Electrometallurgy Committee
    American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Member of the Materials Science and Technology Committee
    Member of the Fusion Energy Committee
    Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)
  • Former Secretary of the Colorado Section of SME

Invited Speaker

    "Extraction, Processing and Applications of Beryllium, its Alloys and Composites," Invited lecturer of the CARAT Seminars at Southern Utah University, October 2010.
    "Nuclear and Aerospace Applications of Beryllium, its Alloys and Composites," Invited speaker at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASM International, February 4 2010.
    "Beryllium for Nuclear Applications," Invited lecture given at Colorado School of Mines, 2008-09.
    "Thermal Plasma Processing of Materials," Invited speaker at the Latin American Symposium on Plasma, Caracas, Venezuela, 2007.
    "Review of Corrosion of Beryllium and Beryllium Alloys," Invited to speak at the 2006 MS&T Processing and Performance of Beryllium Symposium.
    "Beryllium: Past, Present and Future," Invited to speak at the ASM Rocky Mountain Chapter in February 2006.
    "The Extractive Metallurgy of Beryllium," Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver, October 13, 2005.
    "Extractive Metallurgy at Colorado School of Mines," Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver, December 12, 2004.
    "Plasma Processing of Materials," MME Research Seminars, Colorado School of Mines, October, 2002.

Technical Evaluator of Proposals and Manuscripts

    Research grants evaluator for the National Science Foundation, since 2005
    Manuscript critical reader for the Metallurgical and Materials Transaction A and B, 2004-2008

Books

    Main Editor of Beryllium Chemistry and Processing published by ASM International in August of 2009.
    N.R. Neelameggham, R.G. Reddy, C.K. Belt, and E.E. Vidal, Energy Technology Perspectives: Conservation, Carbon Dioxide Reduction and Production from Alternative Sources, TMS, Warrendale, PA, 2009.

Publications and Presentations

    E.E. Vidal, “Novel Process for the Synthesis of Flibe for Nuclear Fusion Reactors,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Confidential Report, September 2009.
    E.E. Vidal, “Surface Cleaning of ToughMet®,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Confidential Report, September 2009.
    E.E. Vidal, “Technologies and Markets for Beryllium Compounds in Semiconductors and Optical Devices,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1554, September 2009.
    E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium Oxide Additions to Nuclear Fuels and Its Economics,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1548, September 2009.
    E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium Utilization in Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel Assembly,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1550, June 2009.
    C.K. Dorn, W.J. Haws, E.E. Vidal, “A review of physical and mechanical properties of titanium beryllides with specific modern application of TiBe12,” Fusion Engineering and Design Vol. 84, pp. 319–322 (2009).
    E.E. Vidal and C.K. Dorn, “Past and Current Research Status of Beryllium Intermetallic Compounds,” Proceedings of the 9th International Beryllium Workshop, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2009.
    J.C. Gomez, P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Boron Production Via Molten Salt Electrolysis,” Presented at the 2009 TMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
    E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium in Nuclear Power Reactors,” Presented at the 2009 TMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
    E.E. Vidal, J.C. Gomez and A. Gonzalez, “Thermal Plasma Production of Neodynium-Boron-Iron Nanosized Magnetic Particles,” Presented at the 2007 TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
    A.M. Lambrecht, E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Production of Barium Cerate Films Using an Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactor,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
    J.C. Gomez, N.E. Labrador, E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Aluminum Powder Production from Gibbsite Using a Non-Transferred Arc Thermal Plasma Reactor,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
    B. Mishra, E.E. Vidal and D.J. Kaczynski, “Review of Beryllium Extraction Processes,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
    S.A. Shuey, J. Montenegro, E.E. Vidal, P.R. Taylor; “Halide Entrapment from Polymers Using Alkali Compounds,” Presented at the 2006 Sohn International Symposium on Advanced Processing of Metals and Materials, San Diego, CA.
    E.E. Vidal and D.J. Kaczynski, “The Extractive Metallurgy of Beryllium: Current and Future Technologies,” Presented at the 2006 Sohn International Symposium on Advanced Processing of Metals and Materials, San Diego, CA.
    P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal, S.A. Shuey and J.C. Gomez, “Extractive Metallurgy of Vanadium Containing Titaniferous Magnetite Ores: A Review”, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, 23 (2) (2006) 80-86.
    P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Mathematical Modeling of Leaching Kinetics with Diminishing Driving Forces”, presented at the J.D. Miller Symposium of the 2005 SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
    M.G. Irish, P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal and M. Jahraus, “On-line Diagnostic of Gold Leaching Parameters in a Laboratory Scale Simulation of a Heap Leach System,” presented at the 2004 SME Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
    E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Thermal plasma synthesis of BaFe12O19 (BaM) films”, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 23 (4) (2003) 609-626.
    A. Saez, F. Arenas and E. Vidal, “Microstructure Development of WCoB-TiC Based Hard Materials,” Intl. Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, 21 (1,2) (2003) 13-18.
    P.R. Taylor, Y. Choi and E.E. Vidal, “Fluosilicic Acid Leaching of Galena”, Hydrometallurgy 2003: Proceeding of the 5th International Symposium. Vol. 1: Leaching and Solution Purification, (2003) 461-473.
    E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Inductively coupled plasma deposition of ceramic films: A review”, EPD Congress 2003, edited by M.E. Schlesinger, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 39-52.
    P.R. Taylor, A.M. Vera and E.E. Vidal, “Barium-strontium titanate powder synthesis in a thermal plasma reactor”, EPD Congress 2003, edited by M.E. Schlesinger, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 53-62.
    P.R. Taylor, W. Wang and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal plasma treatment of metal and material wastes”,), Yazawa International Symposium on Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Technologies; Vol. 1, Materials Processing Fundamentals and New Technologies, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 977-990.
    A. Saez, F. Arenas and E. Vidal, “Reinforcing in-situ With TiC of Complex Hard Boride Materials,” Revista Latinoamericana de Metalurgia y Materiales., 22 (2) (2002) 24-32.
    A. Saez, E. Vidal and F. Arenas, “Liquid Phase Sintering of a Complex WCoB-TiC Cermet,” Ceram. Eng. Sci. Proc., 23 (3) (2002) 11-18.
    A. Rivas, E. Vidal, H. D´Armas, “Comportamiento Mecánico de un Acero 5Cr – ½ Mo soldado con un Acero Inoxidable Austenítico 309 Mo” (Mechanical Behavior of a 5Cr- ½ Mo steel welded on a 309 Mo austenitic stainless steel), Anales de Mecánica de la Fractura (Annals of Fracture Mechanics), Vol.19 2002.
    U. Stegemann, E. Vidal, A. Rivas and J. García, “Wear behavior of surface-hardened carbon steels”, presented at the VII International Conference on Advanced Materials, ICAM 2001, NACE, August 26 30, Cancun, Mexico, 2001.
    E.E. Vidal & P.R. Taylor, “Fundamental Considerations in the Deposition of Barium Ferrite Films in an Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactor”, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, Vol. 891, (1999) 152 – 163.
    P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal plasma synthesis of ceramic powders”, Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Practices. Proceedings of Symposium. Held during 1999 TMS Fall Meeting; Warrendale, PA, USA : TMS - Miner. Metals & Mater. Soc, 1999, xi+354 p. (173-85)
    P.R. Taylor, W. Zhu, E.E. Vidal and P.V. Ananthapadmanabhan, “Synthesis of Titanium Nitride in a Thermal Plasma Reactor”, EPD Congress 1998, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1998) 757-765.
    P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal and P.V. Ananthapadmanabhan, “Reactive Plasma Spray Synthesis of Titanium Carbide”, EPD Congress 1998, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1998) 767-775.
    M. Manrique, E.E. Vidal, I. Accorsi-Lamb and P.R. Taylor, “Pyrometallurgical Treatment of Ilmenite and Zircon Concentrates to Obtain Ceramic Materials”, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Feb. (1998) 21-28.
    P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Gas-Solid Reactions in Thermal Plasma Environments: Synthesis of Non-Oxide Ceramic Powders”, Proceedings of the Julian Szekely Memorial Symposium on Materials Processing, edited by H.Y. Sohn, J.W. Evans and D. Apelian, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 119-132.
    P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal Processing of Materials“, presented at the 1997 MPD/SME Annual Meeting, (Denver, CO, February 24, 1997).
    P.R. Taylor, B. Wu and E.E. Vidal, “Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Infiltration (PE-CVI)”, EPD Congress 1997, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 237-244.
    B. Wu, P.R. Taylor, and E.E. Vidal, “Zirconium Carbide Synthesis In a High Temperature Plasma Reactor”, EPD Congress 1997, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 245-254.
    E.E. Vidal, P.R. Taylor and M. Manrique, “Synthesis of Zirconium Carbide From Zircon Concentrates in a Thermal Plasma Reactor”, Design Fundamentals of High Temperature Composites, Intermetallics and Metal-Ceramic Systems, edited by R.Y. Lin, Y.A. Chang, R.G. Reddy and C.T. Lin, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1995) 345-356.
    R. Réquiz, R. Perera and E. Vidal, “Estudio de la Corrosion Intergranular en un Acero Inoxidable AISI 316 Parcialmente Modificado con Vanadio”, Sidor Hoy, vol.16, (48), 31 (1994).

LANGUAGES

    Bilingual: English and Spanish