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Gertrude Patello

Project Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: P7-27
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Patello is the Program and Sector Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the PNNL Isotope Program. This program supports scientific advances in the production and use of radioisotopes for research, medicine, and industrial applications for the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics Isotope Program. In addition, Dr. Patello currently leads a number of individual projects within the Isotope Program. She is a current member of the Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee, which provides independent advice to the Director of the Office of Science on complex scientific and technological issues that arise in the fusion energy sciences program. Dr. Patello received her Ph.D. in Ceramics and B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.

Research Interests

  • Radioisotope Production
  • Fusion energy

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Alfred University, Ceramics
  • B.S., Alfred University, Ceramic Engineering
  • Project Management Professional Certification

PNNL Publications


  • Rishel J.P., J.M. Barnett, A.V. Mozhayev, E.B. Dutcher, S.A. Colby, G.L. Carter, and G.K. Patello, et al. 2018. "EVALUATION OF AN UPWARD TREND IN BACKGROUND COUNT RATES FROM A STACK PARTICULATE CONTINUOUS AIR MONITOR." Health Physics 115, no. 4:531-538. PNNL-SA-131367. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000901


  • Peterson R.B., B. Paul, T. Palmer, Q. Wu, W. Jost, C.T. Tseng, and S. Tiwari, et al. 2007. "Microscale Power Generation based on Radiolytic Processes." In The Sixth International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2006), November 29-December 1, 2006, Berkeley, California, 235-238. Bristol:IOPScience. PNWD-SA-7665.
  • Peterson R.B., B. Paul, T. Palmer, Q. Wu, W. Jost, C.T. Tseng, and S. Tiwari, et al. 2007. "Radiolytic microscale power generation based on single chamber fuel cell operation." Journal of Micromechanics and microengineering: structures, devices & systems 17. PNWD-SA-8045. doi:10.1088/0960-1317/17/9/S07


  • Palmer R.A., H.D. Smith, G.L. Smith, M.R. Smith, R.L. Russell, and G.K. Patello. 2002. "Chemical and Physical Characterization of the First West Valley Demonstration Project High-Level Waste Feed Batch." In Environmental Issues & Waste Management Technologies in the Ceramic & Nuclear Industries VII: Proceedings - Science & Technology in Addressing Environmental Issues in the Ceramic Industry and the Ceramic Science & Technology for the Nuclear Industry Symposiums; 103rd Annual Meeting, American Ceramic Society, April 22-25, 2001, Indianapolis, IN.: Ceramic Transactions, edited by DR Spearing, GL Smith and SK Sundaram, 132. Westerville, Ohio:The American Ceramic Society. PNNL-SA-35400. doi:10.1002/9781118371435.ch33



  • Li H., D.E. Smith, P.R. Hrma, G.K. Patello, G.L. Smith, and M.L. Elliott. 1999. "Compositional Effects on Crystallinity and Durability of High-Level Radioactive Waste Glasses." In Environmental issues and waste management technologies in the ceramic and nuclear industries IV, Ceramic transactions, edited by James C. Marra, Gregory T. Chandler, 93, 241 - 249. Westerville, Ohio:American Ceramic Society. PNNL-SA-30119.
  • Patello G.K., M.J. Truex, and K.D. Wiemers. 1999. Low-Activity Waste and High-Level Waste Feed Processing Data Quality Objectives. PNNL-12163. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Low-Activity Waste and High-Level Waste Feed Processing Data Quality Objectives


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