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Posting Title

Undergraduate Internship - Molten salt chemistry and purification for CSP applications



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

A undergraduate internship position is available in the Thermal Sciences Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL). This position will support research and development of the Gen3 and Gen2 concentrating solar power program at NREL. The candidate will, under supervision of the principal investigator and/or other researchers, perform experiments that are related to the chemistry and thermal property measurement of the heat transfer fluids and insulation materials.

The responsibility of the candidate includes:

1) operating equipment such as a differential scanning calorimeter and thermogravimetric analysis to characterize the heat capacity and thermal stability of the heat transfer fluids,

2) performing purification experiments for the heat transfer fluid following a prescribed protocol,

3) conducting chemical titration to determine impurity levels in the heat transfer fluid,

4) operating furnaces to characterize corrosion behaviors of metallic or ceramic materials in the heat transfer fluid,

5) operating optical microscope to characterize behaviors of materials after corrosion tests,

6) maintaining basic laboratory equipment to ensure smooth operation of the laboratory, etc.


Basic QualificationsMust be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: Basic understanding of chemistry at laboratory scale and related skills.


Submission Guidelines

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