Dr. Vanessa Montoya

Department of Environmental Informatics
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel +49 341 235 - 1031


Vanessa Montoya

Research Interests

  • Reactive transport modeling 
  • Geochemistry
  • Fate and migration of radionuclides and contaminants in the environment
  • Coupled geochemical and multiphysical processes in natural and engineered barrier systems
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal


  • Integrity of nuclear waste repository systems - Cross-scale systems understanding and analysis - iCross
  • European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management - EURAD

Short biography

Dr. Vanessa Montoya joined the department of Environmental informatics at the UFZ in April 2019 working in the development of reactive transport processes with OGS-6. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2006, specialized in Coordination Chemistry. Afterward, she started to work in the Waste Management department of the Environmental consulting company Amphos 21, in Barcelona as a scientific consultant and project manager. After 6 years in the private sector, and from 2012 to April 2019, Dr. Montoya worked as a scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – Institute of Nuclear Waste Disposal (KIT-INE).

Along her professional career, her work has been mainly focused in performing geochemical and reactive transport simulations with applications in Nuclear Waste Disposal. In addition, development of thermodynamic databases has been part of her research activities. Finally, she has complemented her scientific work as associated professor and teacher assistant at the Chemistry department of UAB and more recently as a lecturer at KIT - Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (KIT-FTU).