Chemical Engineer
Chemical Engineer


Cristina Padilla Cintron joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2016. She is a staff scientist with demonstrated experience working across disciplines in the Signature Science and Technology Division. Her work includes the production of metal oxides microspheres by sol-gel synthesis. She also led the sample preparation task under the Graphite Isotope Ratio Method (GIRM) project. Additionally, Cristina is a key member of the Excise Forensics Laboratory at PNNL. 

In 2018, she earned a Joule Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control for her contributions as part of the Safeguards Internship Program at PNNL. In 2020, she received a PNNL Pathway to Excellence award, which recognizes staff members at the laboratory-level for their achievements that have helped to enhance PNNL’s reputation.

Cristina is the chair-elect of the American Chemical Society-Richland local section and has contributed to the ACS diversity, inclusion, and respect outreach events.


MS, Chemistry, University of Houston at Clear Lake, Texas

BS, Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, Puerto Rico