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Laura Mueller

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-3208
lmueller@andrew.cmu.edu


EDUCATION

Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX
May 2005

B.S. Chemistry

  • Minor: Biology and Mathematics



RESEARCH INTERESTS

Synthesis of gradient copolymers: specifically gradient brush copolymers, and use of gradient copolymers as surfactants

EXPERIENCE

Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Aug 2005Present

NSF REU program, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Summer 2005

  • Advisor: Prof. Bernadette Charleux
  • Supervising Graduate Student: Julien Nicolas
    • Poly(methyl methacrylate)-rich copolymers prepared via nitroxide-mediated controlled free-radical polymerization: proof of the living character and syntheses of block copolymers

NSF REU Program, University of California Santa Cruz

Summer 2004

  • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Braslau
  • Supervising Graduate Student: Greg O'Bryan
    • Synthesis of an adamantyl-based alkoxyamine initiator and its use in 'low temperature' nitroxide-mediated radical polymerizations

Department of Chemistry, Texas Lutheran University

June 2003—May 2005
  • Advisor: Dr. McClusky
    • Studies of the unexpected anti-Markovnikov addition of alcohol to 1-alkoxy-1,3-cyclohexadienes


AWARDS

2006

Recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2005 Mellon College of Science Fellow

PUBLICATIONS AND PATENT APPLICATIONS

J. Listak, W. Jakubowski, L. Mueller, A. Plichta, K. Matyjaszewski, M. Bockstaller. “Block-Selective Symmetric Polydispersity in Block Copolymers – Effect on Formation of ‘Metastable’ Morphologies” to be submitted to Macromolecules.
P. Kwiatkowski, J. Jurczak, J. Pietrasik, W. Jakubowski, L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. “High Molecular Weight Polymethacrylates by AGET ATRP under High Pressure” Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 1067-1069.
P. Golas, L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. "Fundamentals of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" To be published in the Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, 3rd Ed., 2007.

W. Jakubowski, J. Spanswick, L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. "Preparation of block copolymers" PCT Int. Appl. 2007, 65pp.

K. Min, S. Yu, H-i. Lee, L. Mueller, S. Sheiko, K. Matyjaszewski. "High Yield Synthesis of Molecular Brushes via ATRP in Miniemulsion" Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 6557-6563.
L. Mueller, W. Jakubowski, W. Tang, K. Matyjaszewski. "Successful Chain Extension of Polyacrylate and Polystyrene Macroinitiators with Methacrylates in an ARGET and ICAR ATRP" Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 6464-6472.
H-i. Lee, W. Wu, J. K. Oh, L. Mueller, G. Sherwood, L. Peteanu, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski. "Light-induced reversible formation of polymeric micelles" Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2007, 46, 2453-2457.
J. Nicolas, C. Dire, L. Mueller, J. Belleney, B. Charleux, S. R. A. Marque, D. Bertin, S. Magnet, L. Couvreur. "Living Character of Polymer Chains Prepared via Nitroxide-Mediated Controlled Free-Radical Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate in the Presence of a Small Amount of Styrene at Low Temperature" Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 8274-8282.
R. Braslau, G. O'Bryan, A. Nilsen, J. Henise, T. Thongpaisanwong, E. Murphy, L. Mueller, J. Ruehl "The Synthesis and Evaluation of New alpha-Hydrogen Nitroxides for "Living" Free Radical Polymerization" Synthesis, 2005, 9, 1496-1506.

PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

August 2008, 236th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Poster – POLY XXX. L. Mueller, W. Jakubowski, J. Pietrasik, P. Kwiatkowski, J. Jurczak, K. Matyjaszewski. “Use of high pressure to synthesize high molecular weight polystyrene and polymethacrylates via AGET ATRP” Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry), 2008, XX, XXX-XXX.
October 2007 CRP Consortium Meeting Presentation. "ARGET ATRP for the Synthesis of Block Copolymers"

August 2007, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA. Poster - POLY 120. W. Jakubowski, L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. "Block copolymers by a one pot, "green" process using ARGET ATRP in the presence of air" Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry), 2007, 48, 256-257.

October 2006 CRP Consortium Meeting. "Cross-propagation in ARGET and ICAR ATRP"

March 2006, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Poster - CHED 598. J. Nicolas, L. Mueller, J. Belleney, B. Charleux. "Strong improvement of nitroxide-mediated polymerizations of methyl methacrylate by a copolymerization approach: Polymer synthesis and characterizations."

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