Curriculum Vitae Katharina Müller

Scientific career

  • Since 10/2016:
    Co-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


  • 04/2011-03/2014:
    Surface processes of Np on selected mineral oxides. Vibrational spectroscopic investigations. (German Research Foundation: MU-3207/1-1)
  • 11/2010-03/2011:
    Joint project VESPA: Behavior of long-lived fission and activation products in the near-field of a long-term repository of nuclear waste and possibilities of their retardation.
    (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)


  • Supervision of Bachelor and Diploma thesis, and internships for students of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Chemistry from different universities


  • 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)



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.;

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.;


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.;


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.;


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.;

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.;

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.;