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Michael R. Mueller

Head of the Department of Chemistry and Professor with tenure

Dr. Michael Mueller is both a theoretical and experimental physical chemist. He is currently conducting research on combustion chemistry on biofuels, as well as working on a computational research project on organic reactions. Dr. Mueller also is involved in multidisciplinary research with the Department of Biology & Biomedical Engineering on changing algae into biodiesel fuel. He previously worked for General Motors’ research laboratories and is the faculty advisor for Team Rose Motorsports.

Teaching Interests

  • Physical chemistry
  • General chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry

Research Experiences

  • Biofuels
  • Lubricants

Publications & Presentations

  • M. Welmers and M. R. Mueller, “The Synthesis and Tribological Performance of Phosphorous-Based Ionic Liquids as Friction Reducing Engine Oil Additives,” Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2016
  • M.R. Mueller, “The Horrors of Sugar in the Gas Tank,” Skinned Knuckles: Car Restoration & Preservation Journal, Vol. 34–No. 4, Issue 400, November, 2009
  • M.R. Mueller, B. Collins, M. Colchin, P. Cunningham, M. Fulk, D. Hale, K. Lawyer, C. Whitaker, and J. Wilson, “Vegetable Oil with Ester Base as a Two-Cycle SI Engine Lubricant,” Society of Automotive Engineers, 08SFL-0289, 2008
  • M.R. Mueller, Quantum Chemistry with Molecular Spectroscopy and Electronic Structure Computations, Kluwer-Plenum (Text now with Springer-Verlag), New York, 2001 

Academic Degrees

  • BS, Texas A&I University, 1983
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1990