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Mueller, Anja




Dr. Mueller is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Central Michigan University. She started her training with a Diplom (MS) in Biology from Regensburg University, Germany. She then came to the US and earned a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. In her postdoc at the University of Arizona she worked on research on drug delivery, before she started as an assistant professor at Clarkson University. She moved to Central Michigan University in 2005. Her research interests are polymeric materials for skin scaffolds for burn victims, hydrogen fuel cell membranes, and water treatment. An additional, more recent research interest is interdisciplinary education and assessment as well as active learning in Organic Chemistry.

More about Anja Mueller

Kirisenage P.M., Zulqarnain S.M., Myers J.L., Fahlman B.D., Mueller A., Marquez I.” Development of adsorptive membranes for specific removal of contaminants in water”, Polymers 2022, 14, 3146.

Mueller A.* “A Note about Crosslinking Density in Imprinting Polymerization”, Molecules, 2021, 26(17), 5139.

Quast M.J., Mueller A.* “Membrane Preparation from Hyperbranched Perfluorinated Polymers”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2019, 57, 961-972.

Mann S., Johnson T., Medendorp E., Ocomen R., DeHart L., Bauer A., Li B., Tecklenburg M., Mueller A.* “Pressure-Stable Imprinted Polymers for Water Remediation”, Polymers 2018, 10, 704.

Almeida E.D.N., Hirschi S., Mueller A., Rakesh L. “Viscoelastic properties of konjac glucomannan in the presence of salts”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2018, 131(3), 2547-2553.

Books and Book chapters:

Mueller A. “Biomimetic Nanotechnology:  Senses and Movement, 2nd Ed”, DeGruyter 2023, ISBN: 978-3110779196.

Mueller A. “Biomimetic Nanotechnology:  Senses and Movement”, DeGruyter 2017, ISBN: 978-3110379143.

Willermet C., Mueller A., Alm D. “Transforming awareness into activism: teaching systems and social justice in an interdisciplinary water course”, in “Promoting Social Justice Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”, Eds Liston D., Rahimi R.; Indiana University Press 2017, ISBN: 978-0-253-03132-7.

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

Selected Presentations:

Kirisenage P.M., Myers J.L., Zulqarnain S., Jueckstock T., Ferguson Y., Fahlman B.D., Mueller A., Marquez I. “Synthesis and Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Membrane for the Removal of Arsenate and Ammonia from Water”, 10th International Water Association Membrane Technology Conference, July 2023

Mueller A. “Organic chemistry games and higher-level learning in organic chemistry lecture”, ACS National Meeting, Chemical Education, Indianapolis, IN, March 2023

Jalkanen J., Schoch D., Mueller, A., “Removal of Zinc Ions from Wastewater Utilizing a Supported Imprinted Polymer Membrane”, ACS National Meeting, Environmental, Indianapolis, IN, March 2023.

Laubenthal* J., Carson, M. Mueller A. “Excellence in Assessment Leadership”, Assessment Institute in Indianapolis 2022, October 9-11, 2022.

Wanzi K.Y., Mueller A. “Optimization of the Mechanical and Physical Properties of a  Polymer Fuel Cell Membrane”, 257th ACS National Meeting, PMSE - Multicomponent Block Polymer Systems Symposium, Orlando, FL, March 31 - April 4, 2019.

Argall A., Hager C., Mueller A. “Perfluorinated Block-Copolymers for Dry Proton Exchange Membranes”, 255th ACS National Meeting, PMSE, New Orleans, LA, March 18-22, 2018.

Perera R., Ho C.-H., Ashraf S., Mueller A. “The Binding of Metal Ions to Molecularly-Imprinted Polymers”, IWA Water & Industry 2015, Västeras, Sweden, June 2015.

Quast M.J., Hager C., Argall A.D., Mueller A. “Synthesis and Physical Properties of Highly Branched Perfluorinated Polymers from AB and AB2 Monomers”, 249th ACS National Meeting, Polymer Division, Denver, CO, March 2015.

Rakesh L.; Lysenko I.; Zhao J.; Almeida N.; Mueller A. “The Effect of Curcuminoids on Gelation Behavior of Concentrated Solution of Methylcellulose”, The Society of Rheology 86th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014.

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 Científic, Barcelona, Spain, May 6th, 2011.

  • 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     

Imprinted Resins and membranes for water treatment; improved proton exchange membrane for hydrogen fuel cells; biodegradable skin scaffold for burn victims from polysaccharides; games for teaching; interdisciplinary education and assessment.

  • American Chemical Society 
  • Council of Undergraduate Research 
  • International Water Association 
  • Materials Research Society 
  • New York Academy of Sciences

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Biomimetic Nanotechnology