University of Arizona, Dept. of Chemistry, Tucson, AZ. Postdoctoral Research Assistant September 1998 – June 2001. Research Advisor: David F. O’Brien. Research on the controlled drug release from liposomes by light-induced polymerization.
Washington University, Dept. of Chemistry, St. Louis, MO. Ph.D. in Polymer Organic Chemistry (August 1998). Research Advisor: Prof. K.L. Wooley. Thesis: “The Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Hyperbranched Fluoropolymers”.
Universität von Regensburg, Dept. of Biology, Regensburg, Germany. Diplom (masters) in Biology (November 1987 – March 1993). Research Advisors: Prof. R. Landick (Washington University, St. Louis) and Prof. R. Jaenicke (Universität von Regensburg). Diplomarbeit (thesis): “Attenuation in the N-myc Leader Sequence During Transcription by RNA Polymerase II”.
Washington University, Dept. of Biology, St. Louis, MO. DAAD Exchange Program (August 1990 – May 1991). Research on structure and stability of mRNA with Prof. R. Thach (Washington University, St. Louis).
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. July 2009 – current. Associate professor.
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. July 2005 – 2009. Assistant professor.
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. July 2001 – July 2005. Assistant professor.
Green Chemistry Teaching Experience:
CHM 571E Biomaterials (3), Biomimetic Nanotechnology Short Course, 8/1-/8/8/09, Universidad de Costa Rica
Green Chemistry Research:
Wastewater treatment with imprinted polymers. We have been developing an ion exchange resin specific for heavy metal ions for water remediation by imprinting the polymer with heavy metal ions. We are currently developing membranes out of these resins as well.
Perchlorate remediation from water. We have tested a branched polymer for perchlorate remediation from water. We are currently developing a household filter for perchlorate from this resin.
Fuel cell membrane for hydrogen fuel cells. We are developing a fuel cell membrane from fluorinated hyperbranched polymers for hydrogen fuel cells that reduces water transport while increasing proton transport. Decreased water transport across the proton exchange membrane will increase the efficiency for hydrogen fuel cells.
Enzymatic synthesis of hydrophilic polymers. We are looking into fully enzymatic syntheses for biomedical polymers. We are working on an enzymatic polysaccharide synthesis that will be implemented in a skin scaffold for burn victims, as well as an enzymatic synthesis for a hyperbranched polymer used in a heart valve coating. We are also developing an enzymatic biosurfactant synthesis.
Juris S.J.*, Mueller A.*, Smith B.T. L., Johnston S., Kross R. D., “Biodegradable Polysaccharide Gels for Skin Scaffolds”, submitted to Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, accepted.
Ashraf S.A., Cluley A., Mercado C., Mueller A. “Imprinted Polymers for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water”, Water Science and Technology, in print.
Rakesh L, Mueller A, Chhetri P, “Development of a Hyperbranched Fuel Cell Membrane Material for Improved Proton Conductivity”, Journal of Fluid Dynamics and Material Processing 2010, 6(2), 179-201.
Randhawa M., Gartner I., Becker C., Student, J., Chai M., Mueller A. “Imprinted Polymers for Water Purification”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2007, 106, 3321-3327.
Benson, A. M., Omrane K., Graves, E. M., Haas, A. L., Bryant E., Mandalaywala M., Mueller A. “Synthesis of a Low Thrombogenic Heart Valve Coating with Horseradish Peroxidase”, Polymers for Advanced Technologies 2005, 16, 117-122.
Mueller A., Sarkar A., Guieysse B., Eds, “New Membranes and Advanced Materials for Wastewater Treatment”, American Chemical Society Symposium Vol 1022, 2009.
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