Achim Müller, Professor Emeritus, University of Bielefeld, Germany, celebrates his 80th birthday on February 14, 2018. Müller is well-known for his contributions to nanochemistry. His research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and interactions of structurally well-defined porous spherical metal-oxide based nanocapsules, as well as their applications. Müller is especially well-known for his work on molybdenum clusters, such as the wheel-shaped Mo154-cluster also known as the Bielefeld ferris wheel.
Achim Müller 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 completed his habilitation in 1967 and joined the University of Dortmund, Germany, as Associate Professor in 1971. In 1977, Müller became a Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bielefeld.
Among many other honors, Müller has received an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Union in 2012, the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Prize from the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry) in 2005, and the Alfred Stock Memorial Medal from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) in 2000, as well as several honorary doctorates.
- From serendipity to design of polyoxometalates at the nanoscale, aesthetic beauty and applications,
Leroy Cronin, Achim Müller,
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 7333.
- From linking of metal-oxide building blocks in a dynamic library to giant clusters with unique properties and towards adaptive chemistry,
Achim Müller, Pierre Gouzerh,
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 7431.
- Structure-related frustrated magnetism of nanosized polyoxometalates: aesthetics and properties in harmony,
Paul Kögerler, Boris Tsukerblat, Achim Müller,
Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 21–36.
- Polyoxometalates: Fascinating structures, unique magnetic properties,
Ulrich Kortz, Achim Müller, Joris van Slageren, Jürgen Schnack, Naresh S. Dalal, Martin Dressel,
Coord. Chem. Rev. 2009, 253, 2315–2327.
- Nanomaterials Chemistry: Recent Developments and New Directions,
C. N. R. Rao, Achim Müller, Anthony K. Cheetham (Eds.),
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2007.
- Polyoxometalate Chemistry: An Old Field with New Dimensions in Several Disciplines,
Michael T. Pope, Achim Müller,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1991, 30, 34–48.
Also of Interest
- Remember the Keggin Ion?,
Wassim W. Ayass and Ulrich Kortz,
ChemViews Mag. 2018.
From the Keggin structure, the center of polyoxometalate (POM) chemistry, to structural developments, attractive applications, and a bright future