Achim Müller (1938 – 2024)

Achim Müller (1938 – 2024)

Author: ChemistryViews

Achim Müller, Professor Emeritus, University of Bielefeld, Germany, passed away on February 28, 2024.

He has made groundbreaking contributions in many areas of inorganic chemistry, from transition metal chemistry and bioanorganic chemistry to the synthesis of large polyoxometalates. Achim Müller is well known for his contributions to nanochemistry. Here his research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and interactions of structurally well-defined porous spherical metal oxide-based nanocapsules and their applications. Müller is particularly known for his work on molybdenum clusters, such as the wheel-shaped Mo154 cluster, also known as the Bielefeld Ferris wheel.


Achim Müller, born in Detmold, Germany, in 1938, studied chemistry and theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in experimental thermochemistry in 1965 under the supervision of Oskar Glemser. He habilitated in 1967 and joined the University of Dortmund, Germany, as an associate professor in 1971. In 1977, Müller was appointed full professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Bielefeld. He remained there until his emeritus status in 2003.

Among many other honors, Achim Müller received a 1.2 million Euro ERC Advanced Grant from the European Union in 2012, the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Prize from the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) in 2005, the Alfred Stock Memorial Medal from the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2000, and the Wilhelm Manchot Research Professorship from the Technical University of Munich in 2006.

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