Laura Mueller-Matyjaszewski Polymer Group - Carnegie Mellon University

Laura Mueller

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: MI-805
Phone: (412) 268-3208


B.S. 2005
Department of Chemistry
Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, TX  
    * Minor: Biology and Mathematics 


Synthesis of block copolymers by using controlled radical polymerization methods (mostly ATRP).


Peer-reviewed Papers
  1. L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. “Reducing Copper Concentration in Polymers Prepared via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” Accepted to Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.
  2. J. Nicolas, L. Mueller, C. Dire, K. Matyjaszewski, B. Charleux. “Comprehensive Modeling Study of Nitroxide-Mediated Controlled/Living Radical Copolymerization of Methyl Methacrylate with a Small Amount of Styrene” Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 4470-4478.
  3. J. Listak, W. Jakubowski, L. Mueller, A. Plichta, K. Matyjaszewski, M. Bockstaller. “Effect of Symmetry of Molecular Weight Distribution in Block Copolymers on Formation of "Metastable" Morphologies” Macromolecules, 2009, 41, 5919-5927.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. R. Braslau, G. O'Bryan, A. Nilsen, J. Henise, T. Thongpaisanwong, E. Murphy, L. Mueller, J. Ruehl “The Synthesis and Evaluation of New α-Hydrogen Nitroxides for "Living" Free Radical Polymerization” Synthesis, 2005, 9, 1496-1506.
  1. P. Golas, L. Mueller, K. Matyjaszewski. “Fundamentals of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” 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.


  • 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2010.
  • 236th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
  • NATO ASI Meeting, Antalya, Turkey 2008.
  • 231th ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2006.
  • Invited seminar at Texas Lutheran University. 2009.


2009 EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Certificate Recipient
2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (three years)
2004 Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Texas Lutheran University (one year)



  • Graduate Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-2010
  • Visiting Researcher, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, Summer 2008
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates, U. Pierre et Marie Curie, Summer 2005
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Texas Lutheran University, 2003-2005
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates, Univ. California, Santa Cruz, Summer 2004


  • Undergraduate Research Advisor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007-2009
  • Teaching and Laboratory  Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-2006
  • Teaching and Laboratory Assistant, Tutor, Texas Lutheran University, 2002-2005