Dr Markus Muellner

Dipl.-Chem.; Dr. rer. nat. Bayreuth
Lecturer

F11 - Chemistry Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Markus Müllner studied polymer and colloid chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. After research visits to the University of Lund, Sweden, and the University of Melbourne, Australia, he received his PhD in polymer chemistry at the Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in 2012. He subsequently joined the University of Melbourne as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2013, he was awarded a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship by the University of Melbourne to research at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In June 2015, he became a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and joined the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids. Since 2016, he is a member of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the RSC Materials Horizons Community Board.

  • Dipl.-Chem., polymer and colloid chemistry, University of Bayreuth 2008
  • Dr. rer. nat., Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT), University of Bayreuth 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne 2012
  • McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne 2013-2015
  • Lecturer, University of Sydney 2015-

  • Skype ID: markusmuellner

Research interests

Nanotechnology defines a multidisciplinary research endeavour aiming at finding new ways to tackle current issues in the fields of sustainable materials, renewable energy and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The ability to control the synthesis of materials at the nanoscale allows us to produce tailor-made nanomaterials with distinct properties. In our group we are interested in finding intuitive and new ways to access unprecedented polymeric and hybrid nanostructures. Our aims is to produce complex and multifunctional nano-scale materials for applications in catalysis, energy storage, sensing and nanomedicine. Polymer chemistry provides the ideal playground for creative materials design!

Teaching and supervision

Current projects

NEW HONOURS AND PHD PROJECTS AVAILABLE !

We have are a number of Honours projects available:

  1. Rod-like nanomedicines
  2. Novel nanohybrids
  3. Self-assembled drug delivery systems
  4. Functional polymer surface coatings
  5. Stealth nanoparticles for targeted delivery
  6. Janus particles
  7. Virus mimics
  8. Structured polymer hybrids for better batteries and photovoltaics
  9. Biodegradable and stimuli-responsive polymers for bio-applications
  10. Mimicking nature with synthetic macromolecules capable of recognition
  11. Nanocellulose-based materials
  12. Neutron scattering on nanorods

We also offer PhD projects for Australian and international students. Potential candidates with degrees in chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials science, biochemistry or related disciplines are encouraged to contact me via email (please include your CV and research interests).

If you are interested in joining us as a postdoc at the University of Sydney, please get in touch to discuss possible fellowships and projects.

Please contact me at markus.muellner@sydney.edu.au

Associations

  • Royal Society of Chemistry, AMRSC, 2017-
  • RSC Materials Horizons Community Board, 2016-
  • Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST), 2016-
  • Sydney University Chemical Society (SUCS), Honorary Secretary, 2015-16
  • RACI NSW Polymer Group, Committee Member, 2015-
  • Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI), MRACI, 2013-
  • Australasian Colloid and Interface Society (ACIS), 2014
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN), 2013-
  • Chemiker Spass Gesellschaft (CSG e.V.), 2012-

Awards and honours

  • ANN Overseas Travel Fellowship, 2016
  • CASS Travel Award, 2016
  • Selby Research Award, 2016
  • McKenzie Fellowship awarded by The University of Melbourne for 2013-15
    Cylindrical Polymer Brush Nanoparticles ? New One-Dimensional Nanostructures for Improved Drug Delivery
  • Doctorate scholarship from the Bavarian Elite Program (BayEFG), 2010-2012
  • Otto-Warburg-Foundation Prize for thesis on 'Template-Directed Synthesis of One-Dimensional Hybrid Nanostructures from Cylindrical Polymer Brushes' in 2012
  • Erasmus Exchange Scholarship to study at Lund University, Sweden (2007/08)

In the media

  • Article on 'Molecular Polymer Brushes in Nanomedicine' featured in Wiley's Materials Views (June 2016)
  • 'CPBs - Anisotropic building blocks, unimolecular templates and particulate nanocarriers' is on the cover of Polymer.
  • RSC Materials Horizons blog

Other:

2015 - Chemistry News article 'Architectures of the nanoworld'

International links

Finland

(Aalto University) Prof. Olli Ikkala (research collaboration + student exchange) Prof. Orlando Rojas (research collaboration)

France

(Université du Maine) Student exchange

Germany

(University Bayreuth) Student exchange

Germany

(University Duisburg-Essen) Prof. Andre H. Gröschel (research collaboration)

United States

(University of Illinois at Chicago) Prof. Petr Kral (research collaboration)

Selected grants

2017

  • Polymer brush sensing arrays for the identification of pathogens (GLYCOSENSE); Mahon C, New E, Muellner M; European Commission (Belgium)/Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Pelras, T., Duong, H., Kim, B., Hawkett, B., Muellner, M. (2017). A 'grafting from' approach to polymer nanorods for pH-triggered intracellular drug delivery. Polymer, 112, 244-251. [More Information]
  • Suma, T., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Fu, S., Tran, J., Noi, K., Ju, Y., Caruso, F. (2017). Modulated fragmentation of proapoptotic peptide nanoparticles regulates cytotoxicity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(11), 4009-4018. [More Information]
  • Chen, X., Cui, J., Sun, H., Muellner, M., Yan, Y., Noi, K., Ping, Y., Caruso, F. (2016). Analysing intracellular deformation of polymer capsules using structured illumination microscopy. Nanoscale, 8(23), 11924-11931. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Muller, A. (2016). Cylindrical polymer brushes - Anisotropic building blocks, unimolecular templates and particulate nanocarriers. Polymer, 98, 389-401. [More Information]
  • Ju, Y., Cui, J., Sun, H., Muellner, M., Dai, Y., Guo, J., Bertleff-Zieschang, N., Suma, T., Richardson, J., Caruso, F. (2016). Engineered Metal-Phenolic Capsules Show Tunable Targeted Delivery to Cancer Cells. Biomacromolecules, 17(6), 2268-2276. [More Information]
  • Rahim, M., Bjornmalm, M., Suma, T., Faria, M., Ju, Y., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Ejima, H., Stickland, A., Caruso, F. (2016). Metal-Phenolic Supramolecular Gelation. Angewandte Chemie: International Edition, 55(44), 13803-13807. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M. (2016). Molecular Polymer Brushes in Nanomedicine. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 217(20), 2209-2222. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Mehta, D., Nowell, C., Porter, C. (2016). Passive tumour targeting and extravasation of cylindrical polymer brushes in mouse xenografts. Chemical Communications, 52(58), 9121-9124. [More Information]
  • Chen, X., Yan, Y., Muellner, M., Ping, Y., Cui, J., Kempe, K., Cortez-Jugo, C., Caruso, F. (2016). Shape-Dependent Activation of Cytokine Secretion by Polymer Capsules in Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages. Biomacromolecules, 17(3), 1205-1212. [More Information]
  • Collins, J., Xiao, Z., Muellner, M., Connal, L. (2016). The emergence of oxime click chemistry and its utility in polymer science. Polymer Chemistry, 7(23), 3812-3826. [More Information]
  • Ju, Y., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Suma, T., Hu, M., Caruso, F. (2015). Engineering low-fouling and pH-degradable capsules through the assembly of metal-phenolic networks. Biomacromolecules, 16(3), 807-814. [More Information]
  • Suma, T., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Ju, Y., Guo, J., Hu, M., Caruso, F. (2015). Generalizable strategy for engineering protein particles with pH-​triggered disassembly and recoverable protein functionality. ACS Macro Letters, 4(2), 160-164. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Dodds, S., Nguyen, T., Senyschyn, D., Porter, C., Boyd, B., Caruso, F. (2015). Size and rigidity of cylindrical polymer brushes dictate long circulating properties in vivo. ACS Nano, 9(2), 1294-1304. [More Information]
  • Rahim, M., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Ejima, H., Ju, Y., van Koeverden, M., Suma, T., Braunger, J., Leeming, M., Abrahams, B., et al (2015). Surface-confined amorphous films from metal-coordinated simple phenolic ligands. Chemistry of Materials, 27(16), 5825-5832. [More Information]
  • Rahim, M., Ejima, H., Cho, K., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Best, J., Caruso, F. (2014). Coordination-driven multistep assembly of metal–polyphenol films and capsules. Chemistry of Materials, 26(4), 1645-1653. [More Information]
  • Cui, J., van Koeverden, M., Muellner, M., Kempe, K., Caruso, F. (2014). Emerging methods for the fabrication of polymer capsules. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 207(1), 14-31. [More Information]
  • Chen, X., Yan, Y., Muellner, M., van Koeverden, M., Noi, K., Zhu, W., Caruso, F. (2014). Engineering fluorescent poly(dopamine) capsules. Langmuir, 30(10), 2921-2925. [More Information]
  • Kempe, K., Noi, K., Ng, S., Muellner, M., Caruso, F. (2014). Multilayered polymer capsules with switchable permeability. Polymer, 55(25), 6451-6459. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Cui, J., Noi, K., Gunawan, S., Caruso, F. (2014). Surface-initiated polymerization within mesoporous silica spheres for the modular design of charge-neutral polymer particles. Langmuir, 30(21), 6286-6293. [More Information]
  • Kempe, K., Ng, S., Noi, K., Muellner, M., Gunawan, S., Caruso, F. (2013). Clickable poly(2-oxazoline) architectures for the fabrication of low-fouling polymer capsules. ACS Macro Letters, 2(12), 1069-1072. [More Information]
  • Jonsson, J., Muellner, M., Piculell, L., Karlsson, O. (2013). Emulsion condensation polymerization in dispersed aqueous media. Interfacial reactions and nanoparticle formation. Macromolecules, 46(22), 9104-9113. [More Information]
  • Groschel, A., Lobling, T., Petrov, P., Muellner, M., Kuttner, C., Wieberger, F., Muller, A. (2013). Janus micelles as effective supracolloidal dispersants for carbon nanotubes. Angewandte Chemie: International Edition, 52(13), 3602-3606. [More Information]
  • Zheng, Z., Muellner, M., Ling, J., Muller, A. (2013). Surface interactions surpass carbon–carbon bond: Understanding and control of the scission behavior of core–shell oolymer brushes on surfaces. ACS Nano, 7(3), 2284-2291. [More Information]
  • Best, J., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Caruso, F. (2013). Tuning the Mechanical Properties of Nanoporous Hydrogel Particles via Polymer Cross-Linking. Langmuir, 29(31), 9824-9831. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Miyajima, N., Breu, J., Muller, A. (2012). A facile polymer templating route toward high-aspect- ratio crystalline titania nanostructures. Small, 8(17), 2636-2640. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Schieder, M., Groschel, A., Miyajima, N., Fortsch, M., Breu, J., Caruso, F., Muller, A. (2012). Template-directed mild synthesis of anatase hybrid nanotubes within cylindrical core–shell–corona polymer brushes. Macromolecules, 45(17), 6981-6988. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Breu, J., Caruso, F., Muller, A. (2012). Template-directed synthesis of silica nanowires and nanotubes from cylindrical core–shell polymer brushes. Chemistry of Materials, 24(10), 1802-1810. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Schallon, A., Walther, A., Freitag, R., Muller, A. (2010). Clickable, biocompatible and fluorescent hybrid nanoparticles for intracellular delivery and optical imaging. Polymer preprints, 51(1), 630-631.
  • Muellner, M., Schallon, A., Walther, A., Freitag, R., Muller, A. (2010). Clickable, biocompatible, and fluorescent hybrid nanoparticles for intracellular delivery and optical imaging. Biomacromolecules, 11(2), 390-396. [More Information]
  • Xu, Y., Yuan, J., Fang, B., Drechsler, M., Muellner, M., Bolisetty, S., Ballauff, M., Muller, A. (2010). Hybrids of magnetic nanoparticles with double-hydrophilic core/shell cylindrical polymer brushes and their alignment in a magnetic field. Advanced Functional Materials, 20(23), 4182-4189. [More Information]
  • Muller, A., Betthausen, E., Muellner, M., Schacher, F., Synatschke, C., Walther, A., Wolf, A. (2010). Self-organized nanostructures form new block co- and terpolymers. Polymer preprints, 51(1), 308-309.
  • Muellner, M., Yuan, J., Weiss, S., Walther, A., Fortsch, M., Drechsler, M., Muller, A. (2010). Water-soluble organo−silica hybrid nanotubes templated by cylindrical polymer brushes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(46), 16587-16592. [More Information]
  • Schacher, F., Muellner, M., Schmalz, H., Muller, A. (2009). New block copolymers with poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) as a double stimuli-responsive block. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 210(3-4), 256-262. [More Information]

2017

  • Pelras, T., Duong, H., Kim, B., Hawkett, B., Muellner, M. (2017). A 'grafting from' approach to polymer nanorods for pH-triggered intracellular drug delivery. Polymer, 112, 244-251. [More Information]
  • Suma, T., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Fu, S., Tran, J., Noi, K., Ju, Y., Caruso, F. (2017). Modulated fragmentation of proapoptotic peptide nanoparticles regulates cytotoxicity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(11), 4009-4018. [More Information]

2016

  • Chen, X., Cui, J., Sun, H., Muellner, M., Yan, Y., Noi, K., Ping, Y., Caruso, F. (2016). Analysing intracellular deformation of polymer capsules using structured illumination microscopy. Nanoscale, 8(23), 11924-11931. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Muller, A. (2016). Cylindrical polymer brushes - Anisotropic building blocks, unimolecular templates and particulate nanocarriers. Polymer, 98, 389-401. [More Information]
  • Ju, Y., Cui, J., Sun, H., Muellner, M., Dai, Y., Guo, J., Bertleff-Zieschang, N., Suma, T., Richardson, J., Caruso, F. (2016). Engineered Metal-Phenolic Capsules Show Tunable Targeted Delivery to Cancer Cells. Biomacromolecules, 17(6), 2268-2276. [More Information]
  • Rahim, M., Bjornmalm, M., Suma, T., Faria, M., Ju, Y., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Ejima, H., Stickland, A., Caruso, F. (2016). Metal-Phenolic Supramolecular Gelation. Angewandte Chemie: International Edition, 55(44), 13803-13807. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M. (2016). Molecular Polymer Brushes in Nanomedicine. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 217(20), 2209-2222. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Mehta, D., Nowell, C., Porter, C. (2016). Passive tumour targeting and extravasation of cylindrical polymer brushes in mouse xenografts. Chemical Communications, 52(58), 9121-9124. [More Information]
  • Chen, X., Yan, Y., Muellner, M., Ping, Y., Cui, J., Kempe, K., Cortez-Jugo, C., Caruso, F. (2016). Shape-Dependent Activation of Cytokine Secretion by Polymer Capsules in Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages. Biomacromolecules, 17(3), 1205-1212. [More Information]
  • Collins, J., Xiao, Z., Muellner, M., Connal, L. (2016). The emergence of oxime click chemistry and its utility in polymer science. Polymer Chemistry, 7(23), 3812-3826. [More Information]

2015

  • Ju, Y., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Suma, T., Hu, M., Caruso, F. (2015). Engineering low-fouling and pH-degradable capsules through the assembly of metal-phenolic networks. Biomacromolecules, 16(3), 807-814. [More Information]
  • Suma, T., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Ju, Y., Guo, J., Hu, M., Caruso, F. (2015). Generalizable strategy for engineering protein particles with pH-​triggered disassembly and recoverable protein functionality. ACS Macro Letters, 4(2), 160-164. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Dodds, S., Nguyen, T., Senyschyn, D., Porter, C., Boyd, B., Caruso, F. (2015). Size and rigidity of cylindrical polymer brushes dictate long circulating properties in vivo. ACS Nano, 9(2), 1294-1304. [More Information]
  • Rahim, M., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Ejima, H., Ju, Y., van Koeverden, M., Suma, T., Braunger, J., Leeming, M., Abrahams, B., et al (2015). Surface-confined amorphous films from metal-coordinated simple phenolic ligands. Chemistry of Materials, 27(16), 5825-5832. [More Information]

2014

  • Rahim, M., Ejima, H., Cho, K., Kempe, K., Muellner, M., Best, J., Caruso, F. (2014). Coordination-driven multistep assembly of metal–polyphenol films and capsules. Chemistry of Materials, 26(4), 1645-1653. [More Information]
  • Cui, J., van Koeverden, M., Muellner, M., Kempe, K., Caruso, F. (2014). Emerging methods for the fabrication of polymer capsules. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 207(1), 14-31. [More Information]
  • Chen, X., Yan, Y., Muellner, M., van Koeverden, M., Noi, K., Zhu, W., Caruso, F. (2014). Engineering fluorescent poly(dopamine) capsules. Langmuir, 30(10), 2921-2925. [More Information]
  • Kempe, K., Noi, K., Ng, S., Muellner, M., Caruso, F. (2014). Multilayered polymer capsules with switchable permeability. Polymer, 55(25), 6451-6459. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Cui, J., Noi, K., Gunawan, S., Caruso, F. (2014). Surface-initiated polymerization within mesoporous silica spheres for the modular design of charge-neutral polymer particles. Langmuir, 30(21), 6286-6293. [More Information]

2013

  • Kempe, K., Ng, S., Noi, K., Muellner, M., Gunawan, S., Caruso, F. (2013). Clickable poly(2-oxazoline) architectures for the fabrication of low-fouling polymer capsules. ACS Macro Letters, 2(12), 1069-1072. [More Information]
  • Jonsson, J., Muellner, M., Piculell, L., Karlsson, O. (2013). Emulsion condensation polymerization in dispersed aqueous media. Interfacial reactions and nanoparticle formation. Macromolecules, 46(22), 9104-9113. [More Information]
  • Groschel, A., Lobling, T., Petrov, P., Muellner, M., Kuttner, C., Wieberger, F., Muller, A. (2013). Janus micelles as effective supracolloidal dispersants for carbon nanotubes. Angewandte Chemie: International Edition, 52(13), 3602-3606. [More Information]
  • Zheng, Z., Muellner, M., Ling, J., Muller, A. (2013). Surface interactions surpass carbon–carbon bond: Understanding and control of the scission behavior of core–shell oolymer brushes on surfaces. ACS Nano, 7(3), 2284-2291. [More Information]
  • Best, J., Cui, J., Muellner, M., Caruso, F. (2013). Tuning the Mechanical Properties of Nanoporous Hydrogel Particles via Polymer Cross-Linking. Langmuir, 29(31), 9824-9831. [More Information]

2012

  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Miyajima, N., Breu, J., Muller, A. (2012). A facile polymer templating route toward high-aspect- ratio crystalline titania nanostructures. Small, 8(17), 2636-2640. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Schieder, M., Groschel, A., Miyajima, N., Fortsch, M., Breu, J., Caruso, F., Muller, A. (2012). Template-directed mild synthesis of anatase hybrid nanotubes within cylindrical core–shell–corona polymer brushes. Macromolecules, 45(17), 6981-6988. [More Information]
  • Muellner, M., Lunkenbein, T., Breu, J., Caruso, F., Muller, A. (2012). Template-directed synthesis of silica nanowires and nanotubes from cylindrical core–shell polymer brushes. Chemistry of Materials, 24(10), 1802-1810. [More Information]

2010

  • Muellner, M., Schallon, A., Walther, A., Freitag, R., Muller, A. (2010). Clickable, biocompatible and fluorescent hybrid nanoparticles for intracellular delivery and optical imaging. Polymer preprints, 51(1), 630-631.
  • Muellner, M., Schallon, A., Walther, A., Freitag, R., Muller, A. (2010). Clickable, biocompatible, and fluorescent hybrid nanoparticles for intracellular delivery and optical imaging. Biomacromolecules, 11(2), 390-396. [More Information]
  • Xu, Y., Yuan, J., Fang, B., Drechsler, M., Muellner, M., Bolisetty, S., Ballauff, M., Muller, A. (2010). Hybrids of magnetic nanoparticles with double-hydrophilic core/shell cylindrical polymer brushes and their alignment in a magnetic field. Advanced Functional Materials, 20(23), 4182-4189. [More Information]
  • Muller, A., Betthausen, E., Muellner, M., Schacher, F., Synatschke, C., Walther, A., Wolf, A. (2010). Self-organized nanostructures form new block co- and terpolymers. Polymer preprints, 51(1), 308-309.
  • Muellner, M., Yuan, J., Weiss, S., Walther, A., Fortsch, M., Drechsler, M., Muller, A. (2010). Water-soluble organo−silica hybrid nanotubes templated by cylindrical polymer brushes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(46), 16587-16592. [More Information]

2009

  • Schacher, F., Muellner, M., Schmalz, H., Muller, A. (2009). New block copolymers with poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) as a double stimuli-responsive block. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 210(3-4), 256-262. [More Information]

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