Curriculum Vitae Katharina Müller

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)

Committees & other activities

Society of German Chemists, Nuclear Chemistry Division, Board (since 01/2023)
Second deputy of the Equal Opportunity Officer of the HZDR (§20 Abs.5 BGleiG)



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.

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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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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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.