Gian Surbella is a chemist working in nuclear and radiochemistry at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Surbella’s dissertation broadly encompassed the synthesis and structural characterization of supramolecular actinide-containing hybrid materials. In short, these materials consist of discrete inorganic and organic building units that are assembled via noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen and halogen bonds. Beyond the synthesis of these materials, his efforts were geared toward rationalizing crystallographically observed structural trends and quantifying interaction strengths with an aim to relate the combined influences thereof to changes in material properties, e.g., luminescence and thermochromism.


  • PhD in chemistry, George Washington University
  • BS in biochemistry, Mount Union College

Awards and Recognitions

  • Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017