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Jud Virden

Jud Virden

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-6512


Jud Virden is the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.

He leads 1,000 scientists, engineers, and staff who are delivering science and technology solutions for the nation’s complex energy and environmental challenges—including modernizing the power grid, advancing energy storage technologies, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and lighting, developing biofuels, and resolving complex issues in nuclear science and environmental management.

Jud earned his Ph.D. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington. He joined PNNL in 1991.

PNNL Publications



  • Palmer B.J., J. Liu, and J.W. Virden. 1999. "Simulations of the Effect of Diblock Surfactant Spacer Molecules on Micelle Structure and Function." Langmuir 15, no. 22:7426-7431. PNNL-SA-30713.
  • Virden J.W., J.E. Surma, L. Bromberg, A. Rabinovich, D.R. Cohn, and J.S. Armfield. 1999. "A Feasibility Evaluation of a Thermal Plasma Fuel Reformer for Supplemental Hydrogen Addition to Internal Combustion Engines." In Government/Industry Meeting, April 26-28, 1999, Washington DC. SAE Technical Paper Series, Paper no. 1999-01-2239. Warrendale, Pennsylvania:Society of Automotive Engineers. PNNL-SA-32534.


  • Windisch C.F., J.W. Virden, S.H. Elder, J. Liu, and M.H. Engelhard. 1998. "Electrochemistry of TiN in 6M KOH Solution." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 145, no. 4:1211-1218. PNNL-SA-29136.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas