Petra J. Panak obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1996 from the Technical University of Munich. After post doctoral positions at the Institute of Radiochemistry, Helmholtz-Center Dresden-Rossendorf (Dresden, Germany) and at the Glenn T. Seaborg Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, California, USA) she started her work as a staff scientist at the Institute of Nuclear Waste Disposal, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology-Campus North, where she built up a research group on “Coordination chemistry of actinides”. She obtained her Habilitation from the University of Heidelberg in 2006. Since 2008, she has an endowed professorship on radiochemistry at the University of Heidelberg (funded by Energie Baden-Württemberg, EnBW). She was awarded the Fritz-Strassmann-Preis of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2005 and was elected as a member of the steering committee of the nuclear chemistry division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2010. Since February 2014 she is a member of the Committee on Final Disposal (EL) of the Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK) carrying out consultations on scientific and technical issues related to the disposal of low-, medium-, and high-level radioactive wastes. In September 2014 she became a member of the scientific advisory board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. Her research interests focus on coordination chemistry and thermodynamics of actinides and lanthanides with inorganic, organic (in particular “partioning relevant” N-donor ligands) and bioligands.