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Anja Mueller

Chemistry and Biochemistry              
Dow Science Complex 374 
  • Assistant professor, Biomedical and environmental materials, Clarkson University, 2001-2005
  • Postdoc:, Drug Delivery with Liposomes, University of Arizona, 1998-2001
  • Ph.D., Polymer Organic Chemistry, Washington University, 1998
  • Diplom (M.S.), Biology, Universität von Regensburg, 1993
  • American Chemical Society
  • Council of Undergraduate Research
  • International Water Association
  • Materials Research Society
  • New York Academy of Sciences
Professional Interests
Wastewater treatment with imprinted polymers; perchlorate remediation from water; improved material for proton exchange fuel cell membrane; skin scaffold from polysaccharides; enzymatic synthesis of polymers; carbon fiber composites; interdisciplinary education and assessment.
​​​Teaching Areas
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials
Selected Publications and Presentations
  • Mueller A., Carson M., Therrell J. "How a Research Faculty Becomes Interested in Assessment", Assessment Update 2014, 26(4), 5-6.
  • Willermet C., Drake E., Mueller A., Juris S.J., Chhetri P., Upadhaya S. "An Integrated Interdisciplinary Faculty-Student Learning Community Focused on Water Issues: A Case Study", Learning Communities Research and Practice 2014, 2(1), Article 5.
  • Mueller A.*, Juris S.J.*, Willermet C., Drake E., Upadhaya S., Chhetri P. "Assessing Interdisciplinary Learning and Student Activism in a Water Issues Course", Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2014, 14(2), 111-132.
  • Al-omari M., Sel K., Mueller A., Edwards J., Kaya T.* "Detection of Relative [Na+] and [K+] Levels in Sweat with Optical Measurements", Journal of Applied Physics Letters 2014, 115, 203107. 
  • Rakesh L., Almeida N., Mueller A., Hirschi S. "Rheological Studies of Polysaccharides for Skin Scaffolds", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research 2014, 102A, 1510-1517.
  • Appell M.*, Jackson M.A., Wang L.C., Ho C.-H., Mueller A. "Determination of fusaric acid in maize using molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) clean-up with picolinic acid imprinted polymers", Journal of Separation Science 2014, 37(3), 281-286.
  • Quast M.J., Mueller A. "Hyperbranched Polyfluorinated Benzyl Ether Polymers: Mechanism, Kinetics, and Optimization", Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2014, 52, 985–994.
  • Willermet C., Mueller A., Juris S.J., Drake E., Upadhaya S., Chhetri P. "Water as Life, Death, and Power: Building an Integrated Interdisciplinary Course Combining Perspectives from Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry", Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2013, 13(5), 105-123.
  • Tomasik J. H., Cottone K., Heethuis M., Mueller A. "Impacts of a Research-Based Imprinted Polymer Lab on General Chemistry Students", Journal of Chemical Education 2013, 90(9), 1155–1161.
  • Al-omari M., Sel K., Mueller A., Mellinger A., Kaya T. "The effect of Na+ and K+Doping on the properties of sol-gel deposited 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone thin films", Journal of Applied Physics 2013, 113(20), 204901-1 - 204901-6.
  • Batth A., Mueller A., Rakesh L., Mellinger A. "Electrical Properties of Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-Hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) Blended with Carbon Nanotubes", IEEE CEIDP 2012,
  • 28-31.
  • Zhang T., Li Y., Mueller A. "Phase and Structure of Liposomes in Lipid/PEG-Lipid Mixtures", Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 2011, 164(8), 722-726.
  • Ashraf S.A., Cluley A., Mercado C., Mueller A. "Imprinted Polymers for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water", Water Science and Technology 2011, 64(6), 1325-1332.
  • Juris S.J.*, Mueller A.*, Smith B.T. L., Johnston S., Kross R. D., "Biodegradable Polysaccharide Gels for Skin Scaffolds", Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology 2011, 2(3), 216-225.
  • Almeida E.D.N., Hirschi S., Mueller A., Rakesh L. "Viscoelastic Properties of κ-Carrageenan in Saline Solution", Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2010, 102, 647
  • -652.
  • Rakesh L, Mueller A, Chhetri P, "Development of a Hyperbranched Fuel Cell Membrane Material for Improved Proton Conductivity", Fluid Dynamics and Material Processing 2010
  • , 6(2), 179-201.
  • Kujawski M.; Rakesh L., Howell B. A., Chai M., Mueller A., Kujawski M., Fan D., Ravi S., Slominski C. "Computer-aided Design of Nanoscale Smart Materials for Biomedical Application", Nanomedicine 2008, 3(
  • 5), 719-7
  • 3
  • 9.
  • 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.
  • Gan, D., Mueller, A., Wooley, K. L. "Amphiphilic and Hydrophobic Surface Patterns Generated from Hyperbranched Fluoropolymer(HBFP)–Linear Polymer Networks: Minimally-adhesive coatings via crosslinking of hyperbranched fluoropolymers", J. Polym. Sci., Part A:  Polym. Chem., 2003, 41(22), 3531-40.
  • Mueller, A., O'Brien, D. F. "Polymerization of Mesophases of Hydrated Amphiphiles",Chemical Reviews 2002, 102, 727-757.
  • Bondurant, B., Mueller, A., O'Brien, D. F. "Photoinitiated Destabilization of Sterically Stabilized Liposomes", Biochim. Biophys. Acta 2001, 1511 (1), 113-122.
  • Mueller, A., Bondurant, B., O'Brien, D. F. "Light-Stimulated Destabilization of PEG-Liposomes", Macromolecules 2000, 33 (13), 4799-4804.
  • Keene, R. G.; Mueller, A.; Landick, R.; London, L. "Transcriptional Pause, Arrest, and Termination Sites of RNA Polymerase II in Mammalian N- and c-myc Genes", Nucl. Acids Res. 1999, 27, 3173-3182.
  • Gooden, J.; Gross, M. L.; Mueller, A.; Stefanescu, A.; Wooley, K. L. "Cyclization in Hyperbranched Polymer Syntheses: Characterization by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 10180-10186.
  • Mueller, A.; Kowalewski, T.; Wooley, K. L. "Synthesis and Characterization of Hyperbranched Polyfluorinated Polymers", Macromolecules 1998, 31, 776-786.




  • Mueller A., Sarkar A., Guieysse B., Eds, "New Membranes and Advanced Materials for   Wastewater Treatment," American Chemical Society Symposium Vol 1022,
  • 2009.


  • Full patent, PCT/US12/40248, Anja Mueller, "Appartus and Method for Ionic Containment Removal in Liquids," Filing Date: May 31, 2012; MBF Ref. 026667-9016-WO00
  • Full patent, U.S. and International Patent Application, Robert D. Kross, Anja Mueller, "Composition and Method of Preparation of Polysaccharide Gel-Based Artificial, Biodegradable Skin Scaffolds," submitted 5/15/2010.

Selected Presentations

  • Quast M.J., Mueller A. "Hyperbranched Perfluorinated Polymers for Proton Exchange Membranes," 247th ACS National Meeting, Division of Polymer Science - Synthesis and Applications of Conjugated Materials: Contributions from Texas and Beyond, Dallas, TX, March 2014.
  • Mueller A. "Engaging University Leaders on Transparency & Accountability," 2013 Annual International Student Conference of the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, Cleveland, OH, November 2013.
  • Al-Omari M., Sel K., Mueller A., Mellinger A., Kaya T., "Humidity Sensor Application of 2-Hydroxy-1,4-Napthoquinone Thin Film Deposited by Sol-Gel Method," 30th International Physics Congress, Turkish Physical Society, Istanbul, Turkey, September 20
  • 13.
  • Mueller A., Juris S., Willermet C., "Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education: Water as Life, Death and Power and the Certificate in Global Health Disparities," Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning, Mt. Pleasant, MI, May 2013.
  • Perera R., Ashraf S.A., Mueller A. "Imprinted Resins for the Removal of Toxic Ions from Water," IWA Specialist Conference Water & Industry, Valadolid, Spain, May 2011.
  • Smith B.T.L., Johnston S., Almeida N., Walker R., Koski L., Webber K., Kross R.D., Hirschi S., Rakesh L., Juris S.J., Mueller A. "Skin Scaffold for Burn Victims Made from Polysaccharide Hydrogels," Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Cientific, Barcelona, Spain, May 6, 2011.
  • Perera A., Mueller A., "Imprinted Polymers for the Removal of Hydrophilic Arsenic Complexes from Water," General Topics in Environmental Chemistry, 240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2010.
  • Ashraf S.A., Carlson K., Mercado C., Perera A., Mueller, A. "Imprinted Polymers for Heavy Metal Ion Removal from Water," Molecularly-Imprinted Polymer 2010, New Orleans, August 2010.
  • Cornillie S., Ebaugh J., Johnston S., Koski L., Walker R., Webber K., Kross R.D., Juris S.J., Mueller A. "Skin Scaffolds from Polysaccharide Hydrogels," XII Simposio Latinoamericano de Polimeros 2010, San Juan, Costa Rica, July 2010.