Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Incorporation in solid phases

Dr. Nina Maria Huittinen

Head Incorporation in solid phases

Porträt Dr. Huittinen, Nina Maria; FWOG-I


+49 351 260 2148




AcE: Fundamental investigations of Actinide immobilization by incorporation into solid phasEs relevant for final disposal
ORCID: 0000-0002-9930-2329


Bautzner Landstraße 400 - 01328 Dresden

Scientific career

Research fields

  • Complexation, adsorption, and incorporation reactions of actinides (and their lanthanide analogues) in the aqueous phase and in solid matrices,

  • Current research focuses on crystalline secondary phases and ceramics containing actinides,

  • Expertise in the application of various spectroscopic techniques, including luminescence spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy.



  • since 2022: Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2017-2022: Radioecology, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2015-2016: Radiochemistry, Dresden University of Applied Sciences
  • 2012-2013: Fundamentals of chemistry for biology students, University of Helsinki


Ph.D. or Licentiate (L)

M.Sc. theses

  • 2021: Lucas Opitz – Interactions of Ln (Ce, Eu, Gd) and Cm with ZrO(OH)2 and their incorporation into m ZrO2, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2019: Isabelle Jessat - Komplexierung von Eu(III) und Cm(III) mit Phosphat bei höheren Temperaturen, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2018: Maximilian Demnitz - Temperaturabhängige Untersuchungen von Uran-Redoxreaktionen in halidhaltigen Lösungen, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2016: Henry Lösch - Site-selektive Fluoreszenz-Spektroskopie Untersuchungen an LnPO4-Keramiken für endlagerrelevante Zwecke, Dresden University of Applied Sciences
  • 2016: Manuel Eibl - Sorptions- und Inkorporationsuntersuchungen von Actiniden an Korund und Zirkonium(IV)-oxid, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2015: Outi Elo – Np(V) sorption onto montmorillonite, corundum and bentonite colloids, University of Helsinki
  • 2014: Jenna Knuutinen - Neptuniumin sorptio magnetiittiin, hematiittiin ja korundiin sekä neptuniumin spesiaatio liuoksessa ja mineraalipinnalla, University of Helsinki



Influence of gluconate on the retention of Eu(III), Am(III), Th(IV), Pu(IV), and U(VI) by C-S-H (C/S = 0.8)

Dettmann, S.; Huittinen, N. M.; Jahn, N.; Kretzschmar, J.; Kumke, M. U.; Kutyma, T.; Lohmann, J.; Reich, T.; Schmeide, K.; Shams Aldin Azzam, S.; Spittler, L.; Stietz, J.

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Deconvoluting Cr States in Cr-Doped UO2 Nuclear Fuels via Bulk and Single Crystal Spectroscopic Studies

Murphy, G. L.; Gericke, R.; Gilson, S.; Bazarkina, E.; Roßberg, A.; Kaden, P.; Thümmler, R.; Klinkenberg, M.; Henkes, M.; Kegler, P.; Svitlyk, V.; Marquardt, J.; Lender, T.; Hennig, C.; Kvashnina, K.; Huittinen, N. M.

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A combined extended x–ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and density functional theory study of americium vs. yttrium adsorption on corundum (α–Al2O3)

Huittinen, N. M.; Virtanen, S.; Roßberg, A.; Eibl, M.; Lönnrot, S.; Polly, R.

Related publications

Effect of Ca(II) on U(VI) and Np(VI) retention on Ca-bentonite and clay minerals at hyperalkaline conditions – New insights from batch sorption experiments and luminescence spectroscopy

Philipp, T.; Huittinen, N. M.; Shams Aldin Azzam, S.; Stohr, R.; Stietz, J.; Reich, T.; Schmeide, K.

The effect of UV-C irradiation and EDTA on the uptake of Co2+ by antimony oxide in the presence and absence of competing cations Ca2+ and Ni2+

Malinen, L.; Repo, E.; Harjula, R.; Huittinen, N. M.


Revisiting the complexation of Cm(III) with aqueous phosphates: what can we learn from the complex structures using luminescence spectroscopy and ab initio simulations?

Huittinen, N. M.; Jessat, I.; Réal, F.; Vallet, V.; Starke, S.; Eibl, M.; Jordan, N.

Sorption of Europium on Diatom Biosilica as Model of a “Green” Sorbent for f-Elements

Kammerlander, K. K. K.; Köhler, L.; Huittinen, N. M.; Bok, F.; Steudtner, R.; Oschatz, C.; Vogel, M.; Stumpf, T.; Brunner, E.


Temperature-dependent luminescence spectroscopic investigations of U(VI) complexation with the halides F- and Cl-

Demnitz, M.; Hilpmann, S.; Lösch, H.; Bok, F.; Steudtner, R.; Patzschke, M.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.

Understanding the local structure of Eu3+ and Y3+ stabilized zirconia – Insights from luminescence and X–ray absorption spectroscopic investigations

Eibl, M.; Shaw, S.; Prieur, D.; Roßberg, A.; Wilding, M. C.; Hennig, C.; Morris, K.; Rothe, J.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.

Temperature‒dependent luminescence spectroscopic and mass spectrometric investigations of U(VI) complexation with aqueous silicates in the acidic pH‒range

Lösch, H.; Raiwa, M.; Jordan, N.; Steppert, M.; Steudtner, R.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.


Coordination chemistry of f-block metal ions with ligands bearing bio-relevant functional groups

Götzke, L.; Schaper, G.; März, J.; Kaden, P.; Huittinen, N.; Stumpf, T.; Kammerlander, K. K. K.; Brunner, E.; Hahn, P.; Mehnert, A.; Kersting, B.; Henle, T.; Lindoy, L. F.; Zanoni, G.; Weigand, J. J.

U(VI) sorption on Ca-bentonite at (hyper)alkaline conditions – Spectroscopic investigations of retention mechanisms

Philipp, T.; Shams Aldin Azzam, S.; Rossberg, A.; Huittinen, N.; Schmeide, K.; Stumpf, T.

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Cm(III) retention by calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) gel and secondary alteration phases in carbonate solutions with high ionic strength: A site-selective TRLFS study

Wolter, J.-M.; Schmeide, K.; Huittinen, N. M.; Stumpf, T.

A spectroscopic study of trivalent cation (Cm3+ and Eu3+) sorption on monoclinic zirconia (ZrO2)

Eibl, M.; Virtanen, S.; Pischel, F.; Bok, F.; Lönnrot, S.; Shaw, S.; Huittinen, N.

Rare-Earth orthophosphates from atomistic simulations

Ji, Y.; Kowalski, P. M.; Kegler, P.; Huittinen, N.; Marks, N.; Vinograd, V.; Arinicheva, Y.; Neumeier, S.; Bosbach, D.

A spectroscopic investigation of Eu3+ incorporation in LnPO4 (Ln = Tb, Gd1–xLux, x = 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1) ceramics

Lösch, H.; Hirsch, A.; Holthausen, J.; Peters, L.; Xiao, B.; Neumeier, S.; Schmidt, M.; Huittinen, N.

Neptunium(V) transport in granitic rock: A laboratory scale study on the influence of bentonite colloids

Elo, O.; Hölttä, P.; Kekäläinen, P.; Voutilainen, M.; Huittinen, N.


Local structural effects of Eu3+ incorporation into xenotime-type solid solutions with different host cations

Xiao, B.; Lösch, H.; Huittinen, N.; Schmidt, M.

Complexation of trivalent lanthanides (Eu) and actinides (Cm) with aqueous phosphates at elevated temperatures

Jordan, N.; Demnitz, M.; Lösch, H.; Starke, S.; Brendler, V.; Huittinen, N.

A spectroscopic and computational study of Cm3+ incorporation in lanthanide phosphate rhabdophane (LnPO4·0.67H2O) and monazite (LnPO4)

Huittinen, N.; Scheinost, A. C.; Ji, Y.; Kowalski, P. M.; Arinicheva, Y.; Wilden, A.; Neumeier, S.; Stumpf, T.

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Sorption competition and kinetics of trivalent cations (Eu, Y and Cm) on corundum (α-Al2O3): a batch sorption and TRLFS study

Virtanen, S.; Meriläinen, S.; Eibl, M.; Rabung, T.; Huittinen, N.


Probing structural homogeneity of La1-xGdxPO4 monazite-type solid solutions by combined spectroscopic and computational studies

Huittinen, N.; Arinicheva, Y.; Kowalski, P. M.; Vinograd, V. L.; Neumeier, S.; Bosbach, D.

Batch sorption and spectroscopic speciation studies of neptunium uptake by montmorillonite and corundum

Elo, O.; Müller, K.; Ikeda-Ohno, A.; Bok, F.; Scheinost, A.; Hölttä, P.; Huittinen, N.

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Using Eu3+ as an atomic probe to investigate the local environment in LaPO4–GdPO4 monazite end-members

Huittinen, N.; Arinicheva, Y.; Schmidt, M.; Neumeier, S.; Stumpf, T.

The specific sorption of Np(V) on the corundum (α-Al2O3) surface in the presence of trivalent lanthanides Eu(III) and Gd(III): a batch sorption and XAS study

Virtanen, S.; Bok, F.; Ikeda-Ohno, A.; Rossberg, A.; Lützenkirchen, J.; Rabung, T.; Lehto, J.; Huittinen, N.

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Cycloisomerization of 2-alkynylanilines to indoles catalyzed by carbon-supported gold nanoparticles and subsequent homocoupling to 3,3′-biindoles

Perea-Buceta, J. E.; Wirtanen, T.; Laukkanen, O.-V.; Mäkelä, M. K.; Nieger, M.; Melchionna, M.; Huittinen, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J. A.; Helaja, J.

A 1H and 27Al NMR investigation of Y(III) and Eu(III) interaction with kaolinite.
Huittinen, N.; Sarv, P:;Lehto, J.


New insight into Cm(III) interaction with kaolinite - influence of mineral dissolution.
Huittinen, N.; Rabung, Th.; Schnurr, A.; Hakanen, M.; Lehto, J.; Geckeis, H.


A proton NMR study on the specific sorption of yttrium(III) and europium(III) on γ-alumina [γ-Al2O3].
Huittinen, N.; Sarv, P.; Lehto, J.


A comparative batch sorption and time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy study on the sorption of Eu(III) and Cm(III) on synthetic and natural kaolinite.
Huittinen, N.; Rabung, Th.; Andrieux, P.; Lehto, J.; Geckeis, H.


Sorption of Cm(III) and Gd(III) onto gibbsite, α-Al(OH)3: A batch and TRLFS study.
Huittinen, N.; Rabung, Th.; Lützenkirchen, J.; Mitchell, S.C.; Bickmore, B.R.; Lehto, J.; Geckeis, H.