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Astrid M. Müller

  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

PhD, Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics & Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 2000

4509 Wegmans Hall
(585) 276-7331
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Selected Honors & Awards

Exemplary Research Mentor Award, Concordia University Irvine, 2017
Outstanding Reviewer for Chemical Communications, 2016


ChE 225: Thermodynamics (Starting Fall 2018)

Research Expertise

Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis; Pulsed-Laser-in-Liquids Preparation of Controlled Nanomaterials; Nanocatalyst Property–Functionality Relationships; Selective CO2 Reduction Catalysis; Integrated Solar Fuels Photoelectrodes; Nanomaterials for Anti-Cancer Applications

Recent Publications

Sinclair, T. S.; Gray, H. B.; Müller, A. M. Photoelectrochemical Performance of BiVO4 Photoanodes Integrated with [NiFe]-Layered Double Hydroxide Nanocatalysts. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2018,2018 (9), 1060-1067; selected for front cover (9/2018).

Roske, C. W.; Lefler, J. W.; Müller, A. M. Complex nanomineral formation utilizing kinetic control by PLAL. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2017,489, 68-75.

Blumenfeld, C. M.; Lau, M.; Gray, H. B.; Müller, A. M. Mixed-Metal Tungsten Oxide Photoanode Materials Made by Pulsed-Laser in Liquids Synthesis. ChemPhysChem 2017,18 (9), 1091-1100.

Hunter, B. M.; Hieringer, W.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B.; Müller, A. M. Effect of Interlayer Anions on [NiFe]-LDH Nanosheet Water Oxidation Activity. Energy Environ. Sci. 2016,9 (5), 1734-1743.

Hunter, B. M.; Gray, H. B.; Müller, A. M. Earth-Abundant Heterogeneous Water Oxidation Catalysts. Chem. Rev. 2016,116, 14120-14136.

Sinclair, T. S.; Hunter, B. M.; Winkler, J. R.; Gray, H. B.; Müller, A. M. Factors Affecting Bismuth Vanadate Photoelectrochemical Performance. Mater. Horiz. 2015,2 (3), 330-337.

Hunter, B. M.; Blakemore, J. D.; Deimund, M.; Gray, H. B.; Winkler, J. R.; Müller, A. M. Highly Active Mixed-Metal Nanosheet Water Oxidation Catalysts Made by Pulsed-Laser Ablation in Liquids. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014,136 (38), 13118-13121.

Blakemore, J. D.; Gray, H. B.; Winkler, J. R.; Müller, A. M. Co3O4 Nanoparticle Water-Oxidation Catalysts Made by Pulsed-Laser Ablation in Liquids. ACS Catal. 2013,3 (11), 2497-2500.

Research Overview

Sustainable energy is the greatest challenge humankind faces in the 21st century. This problem can only be solved by the development of new materials for solar energy conversion into storable fuels. My group is at the forefront of innovation, capitalizing on a proven-to-be-successful laser synthesis method that I advanced into a reactive technique, combined with rational design of nanocatalysts, benchmarking electrochemical performance assays, and product analyses. We prepare bimetallic nanocatalysts for selective, fuel-forming carbon dioxide electroreductions, water splitting, and green chemistry transformations; nanoparticles for anti-cancer applications are also a target. We leverage the advantages of pulsed-laser-in-liquids synthesis to realize tailored nanomaterials. Our technique is game changing because it permits the preparation of controlled nanostructures in sufficiently large quantities to study them in bulk, and does that quickly enough that series of nanomaterials are accessible. Systematic physical-property–functionality relationships of these laser-made nanomaterials establish what controls functionality and allow us to gain the atomistic-detail understanding that is key for disruptive benefits. We also immobilize the best nanocatalysts on light absorbers, probe how interfaces affect fuel-forming catalysis, and make integrated solar fuels devices. Our approach uniquely advances fundamental heterogeneous electrochemical energy engineering and nanomedicine.