Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Surface Processes

Porträt Dr. Müller, Katharina; FWOG
Dr. Katharina Müller

Head Surface Processes

Phone:+49 351 260 2439
Email: k.muellerAthzdr.de
Link:ORCID: 0000-0002-0038-1638
AddressBautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

Scientific career

  • Since 10/2016:
    Head of the division Surface Processes at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute of Resource Ecology.
  • Since 11/2010:
    Research associate at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute of Resource Ecology.
  • 06/2010-10/2010:
    Research associate at the Kyoto University, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Japan.
  • 03/2010-05/2010:
    Research associate at the École Nationale Supérieur de Chimie de Paris, Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie, France.
  • 2010:
    PhD at the Dresden University of Technology (TUD), Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry: "Sorption processes of neptunium on alumosilicates. Vibrational spectroscopic investigations".
  • 06/2006-02/2010:
    Research associate at the Forschungszentrum Dresden Rossendorf (FZD), Institute of Radiochemistry, Germany.
  • 2006:
    Diploma in Waste Management and Contaminated Site Treatment at the TUD, Faculty of Forestry, Geo- and Hydro Science, Germany.
  • 09/2004-07/2005:
    Student research assistant at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Millenium Institute: “Water - a mineral approach”, Brazil.
  • 09/2002-07/2003:
    Student and research training at the New University of Lisbon (UNL), “GUECKO”, Portugal.

Research interests

  • Aqueous environmental geochemistry of contaminants, in particular of the actinides and fission products
  • Mineral-water interfaces and interfacial reactions with (radioactive) contaminants
  • Application of spectroscopy, in particular ATR FT-IR spectroscopy for in-situ probing the molecular environment of aqueous solutions, surfaces and interfaces
  • Safety of nuclear waste repositories

Selected projects (Managaement)

  • since 02/2020: iCross: Integrity of nuclear waste repository systems - Cross-scale system understanding and analysis (BMBF, 02NUK053B and HGF, SO-093)
  • since 09/2017: VESPA II: Behavior of long-lived fission and activation products in the near-field of a repository for nuclear waste and possibilities of their retention (BMWi, 02 E 11607B)
  • 04/2011-03/2014: Surface processes of Np on selected mineral oxides. Vibrational spectroscopic investigations. (German Research Foundation: MU-3207/1-1)


  • Supervision of PhD students, Bachelor and Diploma thesis, and internships for students of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Chemistry from different universities
  • Lab Courses for students of Chemistry and Food Chemistry at TU Dresden


  • German Research Foundation (DFG) MU-3207/1-1 (04/2011-03/2014)
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship (06/2010-10/2010)
  • German Academic Exchange Service Graduate Fellowship (09/2004-03/2005)
  • SOCRATES programme Graduate Fellowship (09/2002-07/2003)

Leading organization of scientific events

  • International Workshop on Advanced Techniques in Actinide Spectroscopy "ATAS 2014", (03-07.11.2014)
  • International Workshop on Advanced Techniques in Actinide Spectroscopy "ATAS 2012", (05-07.11.2012)



Exploring the Reduction Mechanism of ⁹⁹Tc(VII) in NaClO₄: A Spectro-Electrochimical Approach

Rodriguez Hernandez, D. M.; Mayordomo, N.; Parra-Puerto, A.; Schild, D.; Brendler, V.; Stumpf, T.; Müller, K.

Peptidoglycan as major binding motif for Uranium bioassociation on Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 in contaminated waters

Krawczyk-Bärsch, E.; Ramtke, J.; Drobot, B.; Müller, K.; Steudtner, R.; Kluge, S.; Hübner, R.; Raff, J.

Mechanistic understanding of Curium(III) sorption on natural K feldspar surfaces

Demnitz, M.; Schymura, S.; Neumann, J.; Schmidt, M.; Schäfer, T.; Stumpf, T.; Müller, K.

Microscopic and spectroscopic bioassociation study of uranium(VI) with an archaeal Halobacterium isolate

Hilpmann, S.; Bader, M.; Steudtner, R.; Müller, K.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

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Electrical control of orbital and vibrational interlayer coupling in bi- and trilayer 2H-MoS2

Klein, J.; Wierzbowski, J.; Soubelet, P.; Brumme, T.; Maschio, L.; Kuc, A. B.; Müller, K.; Stier, A. V.; Finley, J. J.

New insights into U(VI) sorption onto montmorillonite from batch sorption and spectroscopic studies at increased ionic strength

Stockmann, M.; Fritsch, K.; Bok, F.; Marques Fernandes, M.; Baeyens, B.; Steudtner, R.; Müller, K.; Nebelung, C.; Brendler, V.; Stumpf, T.; Schmeide, K.


Complexation of Np(V) with the dicarboxylates malonate and succinate: complex stoichiometry, thermodynamic data and structural information

Maiwald, M. M.; Müller, K.; Heim, K.; Rothe, J.; Dardenne, K.; Roßberg, A.; Koke, C.; Trumm, M.; Skerencak-Frech, A.; Panak, P. J.

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Effects of surface roughness and mineralogy on the sorption of Cm(III) on crystalline rock

Demnitz, M.; Molodtsov, K.; Schymura, S.; Schierz, A.; Müller, K.; Jankovsky, F.; Havlova, V.; Stumpf, T.; Schmidt, M.

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Reductive immobilization of 99Tc(VII) by FeS2: the effect of marcasite

Rodriguez Hernandez, D. M.; Mayordomo, N.; Schild, D.; Shams Aldin Azzam, S.; Brendler, V.; Müller, K.; Stumpf, T.

Analysis of technetium immobilization and its molecular retention mechanisms by Fe(II)-Al(III)-Cl layered double hydroxide.

Mayordomo, N.; Rodriguez Hernandez, D. M.; Roßberg, A.; Foerstendorf, H.; Heim, K.; Brendler, V.; Müller, K.

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Uranium and neptunium retention mechanisms in Gallionella ferruginea / ferrihydrite systems for remediation purposes

Krawczyk-Bärsch, E.; Scheinost, A. C.; Roßberg, A.; Müller, K.; Lehrich, J.; Bok, F.; Hallbeck, L.; Schmeide, K.

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Dimeric and Trimeric Uranyl(VI)–Citrate Complexes in Aqueous Solution

Kretzschmar, J.; Tsushima, S.; Lucks, C.; Jäckel, E.; Meyer, R.; Steudtner, R.; Müller, K.; Roßberg, A.; Schmeide, K.; Brendler, V.

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Determination of thermodynamic functions and structural parameters of NpO2+ lactate complexes

Maiwald, M. M.; Müller, K.; Heim, K.; Trumm, M.; Fröhlich, D. R.; Banik, N. L.; Rothe, J.; Dardenne, K.; Skerencak-Frech, A.; Panak, P. J.

Technetium retention by gamma alumina nanoparticles and the effect of sorbed Fe²⁺

Mayordomo, N.; Rodriguez Hernandez, D. M.; Schild, D.; Molodtsov, K.; Johnstone, E. V.; Hübner, R.; Shams Aldin Azzam, S.; Brendler, V.; Müller, K.

New insights into 99Tc(VII) removal by pyrite: A spectroscopic approach

Rodriguez Hernandez, D. M.; Mayordomo, N.; Scheinost, A.; Schild, D.; Brendler, V.; Müller, K.; Stumpf, T.


Interdisciplinary round-robin test on molecular spectroscopy of the U(VI) acetate system

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Steudtner, R.; Tsushima, S.; Kumke, M. U.; Lefèvre, G.; Rothe, J.; Mason, H.; Szabó, Z.; Yang, P.; Adam, C.; André, R.; Brennenstuhl, K.; Cho, H.; Creff, G.; Coppin, F.; Dardenne, K.; Den Auwer, C.; Drobot, B.; Eidner, S.; Hess, N. J.; Kaden, P.; Kremleva, A.; Kretzschmar, J.; Krüger, S.; Platts, J. A.; Panak, P. J.; Polly, R.; Powell, B. A.; Rabung, T.; Redon, R.; Reiller, P. E.; Rösch, N.; Rossberg, A.; Scheinost, A. C.; Schimmelpfennig, B.; Schreckenbach, G.; Skerencak-Frech, A.; Sladkov, V.; Solari, P. L.; Wang, Z.; Washton, N. M.; Zhang, X.

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Multidisciplinary characterization of U(VI) sequestration by Acidovorax facilis for bioremediation purposes

Krawczyk-Bärsch, E.; Gerber, U.; Müller, K.; Moll, H.; Rossberg, A.; Steudtner, R.; Merroun, M.

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Comparative analysis of uranium bioassociation with halophilic bacteria and archaea

Bader, M.; Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Schmidt, M.; Simmons, K.; Swanson, J. S.; Reed, D. T.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.


Multistage bioassociation of uranium onto an extremely halophilic archaeon revealed by a unique combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques

Bader, M.; Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Drobot, B.; Schmidt, M.; Musat, N.; Swanson, J. S.; Reed, T. D.; Stumpf, T.; Cherkouk, A.

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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The Sorption Processes of U(VI) onto SiO2 in the Presence of Phosphate: from Binary Surface Species to Precipitation

Comarmond, M. J.; Steudtner, R.; Stockmann, M.; Heim, K.; Müller, K.; Brendler, V.; Payne, T. E.; Foerstendorf, H.

Macroscopic and spectroscopic characterization of uranium(VI) sorption onto orthoclase and muscovite and the influence of competing Ca2+

Richter, C.; Müller, K.; Drobot, B.; Steudtner, R.; Großmann, K.; Stockmann, M.; Brendler, V.


In situ spectroscopic identification of neptunium(V) inner-sphere complexes on the hematite-water interface

Müller, K.; Gröschel, A.; Rossberg, A.; Bok, F.; Franzen, C.; Brendler, V.; Foerstendorf, H.

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Interaction of U(VI) with Äspö diorite: A batch and in situ ATR FT-IR sorption study

Schmeide, K.; Gürtler, S.; Müller, K.; Steudtner, R.; Joseph, C.; Bok, F.; Brendler, V.

Uranium(VI) Chemistry in Strong Alkaline Solution: Speciation and Oxygen Exchange Mechanism

Moll, H.; Rossberg, A.; Steudtner, R.; Drobot, B.; Müller, K.; Tsushima, S.

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Spectroscopic identification of binary and ternary surface complexes of Np(V) on gibbsite

Gückel, K.; Rossberg, A.; Müller, K.; Brendler, V.; Bernhard, G.; Foerstendorf, H.

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The surface reactions of U(VI) on γ-Al2O3 - In situ spectroscopic evaluation of the transition from sorption complexation to surface precipitation

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Brendler, V.; Rossberg, A.; Stolze, K.; Gröschel, A.

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Temperature impact on the sorption of selenium(VI) onto anatase

Jordan, N.; Müller, K.; Franzen, C.; Brendler, V.

Complex formation of Np(V) with fulvic acid at tracer metal concentration

Mueller, K.; Sasaki, T.


Sorption of U(VI) at the TiO2 – water interface: An in situ vibrational spectroscopic study.

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Meusel, T.; Brendler, V.; Comarmond, M. J.; Lefèvre, G.; Payne, T. E.


Vibrational characteristics of outer-sphere surface complexes: example of sulfate ions adsorbed onto metal (hydr)oxides

Müller, K.; Lefèvre, G.

Uranium sorption on various forms of titanium dioxide – influence of surface area, surface charge and impurities

Comarmond, M. J.; Payne, T. E.; Harrison, J. J.; Thiruvoth, S.; Wong, H. K.; Aughterson, R. D.; Lumpkin, G. R.; Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.

Binary and Ternary Uranium(VI) Humate Complexes Studied by Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Steudtner, R.; Müller, K.; Schmeide, K.; Sachs, S.; Bernhard, G.


Sorption of Np(V) onto TiO2, SiO2, and ZnO: An in situ ATR FT-IR spectroscopic study.

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Brendler, V.; Bernhard, G.

  • Environmental Science & Technology 43(2009)20, 7665-7670

Spectroscopic comparison of aqueous Np(VI) and U(VI) species

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Tsushima, S.; Brendler, V.; Bernhard, G.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Goldschmidt 2009 - "Challenges to Our Volatile Planet", 21.-26.06.2009, Davos, Schweiz
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73(2009)13S, A914

Direct spectroscopic characterization of aqueous actinyl(VI) species: A Comparative Study of Np and U

Müller, K.; Foerstendorf, H.; Tsushima, S.; Brendler, V.; Bernhard, G.


Aqueous Uranium(VI) Hydrolysis Species Characterized by Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Müller, K.; Brendler, V.; Foerstendorf, H.


Stoichiometry and structure of uranyl (VI) hydroxo dimer and trimer complexes in aqueous solution

Tsushima, S.; Rossberg, A.; Ikeda, A.; Müller, K.; Scheinost, A. C.