Polymer Nanostructures Group publications

Functional Natural and Synthetic Polymers

 M. Muellner*

Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 40, Issue 10

 (Guest-edited Special Issue)

The Next 100 Years of Polymer Science

 A.S Abd‐El‐Aziz, et al.

Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2020, 211 (16), 2000216.


Research articles


Stiffness‐Dependent Intracellular Location of Cylindrical Polymer Brushes

 N. Niederberger, T. Pelras, L. Salvati Manni, P.A. FitzGerald, G.G. Warr, M. Muellner*

Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2021, 2100138.

Molecular Polymer Brushes Made via Ring‐Opening Metathesis Polymerization
from Cleavable RAFT Macromonomers

 T. Gegenhuber* and M. Muellner*

Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2021, 2100077.

A Regenerable Biosensing Platform for Bacterial Toxins

 EE. Antunez, CS. Mahon, Z. Tong, NH. Voelcker*, M. Muellner*

Biomacromolecules  2021, 22, 441-453.


Activating ATRP Initiators to Incorporate End-Group Modularity into Photo-RAFT Polymerization

 K. Hakobyan, C.S.P. McErlean, M. Muellner*

Macromolecules  2020, 53, 10357-10365.

Cylindrical Zwitterionic Particles via Interpolyelectrolyte Complexation
on Molecular Polymer Brushes

 T. Pelras, Nonappa, C.S. Mahon, M. Muellner*

Macromol. Rapid Commun.  2020, ASAP.

The Role of Fiber Agglomeration in Formation of Perylene-Based Fiber Networks

 A. Sharma, J. P. Wojciechowski, Y. Liu, T. Pelras, C.M. Wallace, M. Muellner, A. Widmer-Cooper, P. Thordarson, G. Lakhwani

Cell Rep. Phys. Sci.  2020, 1, 100148.

Bisphosphonate-functionalized Micelles for Targeted Delivery of Curcumin to Metastatic Bone Cancer

 S. Kamble, P. Varamini, M. Muellner, T. Pelras, R. Rohanizadeh

Pharmac. Develop. Technol.  2020, 25, 1118-1126.

Integrated Polyphenol-based Hydrogel Templating Method for Functional
and Sturctured Oxidic Nanomaterials

 M. Schoettle,  Q. Xia, Y.T. Cheng, N.D. Shepherd, C.D. Ling, M. Muellner*

Chem. Mater.  2020, 32, 4716-4723.


Circular Intensity Differential Scattering Reveals Internal Structure of Polymer Fibrils 

 A. Sharma, A. Campbell, J. Leoni, Y.T. Cheng, M. Muellner, G. Lakhwani

J. Phys. Chem. Lett.  2019, 10, 7547-7553.



Morphology-Controlled Synthesis of Colloid Polyphenol Particles
from Aqueous Solutions of Tannic Acid

 T. Kämäräinen,  M. Ago,  L.G. Greca, B.L. Tardy, M. Muellner,  L.-S. Johansson, O.J. Rojas

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2019, 7, 16985-16990.


Confinement Assembly of ABC Triblock Terpolymers for the High-Yield Synthesis of Janus Nanorings

 A. Steinhaus,  R. Chakroun,  M. Muellner, T.-L. Nghiem, M. Hildebrandt, A.H. Groeschel

ACS Nano 2019, 13, 6269-6278.


Visible-Light-Driven MADIX Polymerisation via a Reusable, Low-Cost and Non-Toxic
Bismuth Oxide Photocatalyst

 K. Hakobyan,  T. Gegenhuber, C.S.P. McErlean,  M. Muellner*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2019, 58, 1828-1832.


Photoinduzierte MADIX-Polymerisation im Sichtbaren Spektrum durch wiederverwendbares, preiswertes und ungiftiges Bismutoxid als Photokatalysator

Angew. Chem. 2019, 131, 1842-1846.


Block Copolymer-Directed Synthesis of Porous Anatase for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

 O.F. McRae, Q. Xia,  S. Tjaberings, A.H. Groeschel, C.D. Ling,* M. Muellner*

J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym. Chem.  2019, 57, 1890-1896.

Engineering Protective Polymer Coatings for Liver Microtissues

 X. Chen,  W. Jiang, A. Ahmed, C.S. Mahon,  M. Muellner, B. Cao, T. Xia

Chem. Res. Toxicol.  2019, 32, 49-56.


Polymer Nanowires with Highly Precise Internal Morphology and Topography

 T. Pelras, C.S. Mahon, Nonappa, O. Ikkala, A.H. Groeschel, M. Muellner*

J. Am. Chem. Soc.  2018140, 12736-12740.

 Emission Decay Pathways Sensitive to Circular Polarization of Excitation

 A. Sharma, S. Athanasopoulos, P. Tapping, R. Sabatini, O. McRae, M. Muellner, T. Kee, G. Lakhwani

J. Phys. Chem. C  2018 122, 23910-23916.

Self-Assembly of Diblock Molecular Polymer brushes in the Spherical Confinement of Nanoemulsion Droplets

 A. Steinhaus, T. Pelras, R. Chakroun, A.H. Groeschel*, M. Muellner*

Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2018 39, 1800177.

Aspect-ratio-dependent Interaction of Molecular Polymer Brushes and Multicellular Tumour Spheroids

 M. Muellner*, K. Yang, A. Kaur, E.J. New

Polym. Chem. 2018, 25, 3461-3465.

Synthesis and Application of Compartmentalised Molecular Polymer Brushes

 T. Pelras, C.S. Mahon, M. Muellner*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 6982-6994.


Synthese and Anwendung von kompartmentierten molekularen Polymerbürsten.

Angew. Chem. 2018, 130, 7100-7113.


Polymer Brush Guided Templating on Well-defined Rod-like Cellulose Nanocrystals

M. Morits, V. Hyninnen, Nonappa, A. Niederberger, O. Ikkala, A.H. Groeschel, M. Muellner*

Polym. Chem. 2018, 13, 1650-1657.

(Emerging Investigator 2018 Issue)


Modulated Fragmentation of Proapoptotic Peptide Nanoparticles Regulates Cytotoxicity

T. Suma, J. Cui, M. Muellner, S. Fu, Shiwei, J. Tran, K.F. Noi, Y. Ju, F. Caruso

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4009-4018.

A 'Grafting from' Appraoch to Polymer Nanorods for pH-Triggered Intracellular Drug Delivery

T. Pelras, H.T.T. Duong, B.J. Kim, B.S. Hawkett, M. Muellner*

Polymer 2017, 112, 244-251.


Engineered Metal-Phenolic Capsules Show Tunable Targeted Delivery to Cancer Cells

Y. Ju, J. Cui, H. Sun, M. Muellner, Y. Dai, J. Guo, N. Bertleff-Zieschang, T. Suma, J.J. Richardson, F. Caruso

Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 2268–2276.

The Emergence of Oxime Click Chemistry and its Utility in Polymer Science

J. Collins, Z. Xiao, M. Muellner, L.A. Connal

Polym. Chem. 2016, 7, 3812-3826.

Cylindrical Polymer Brushes - Anisotropic Building Blocks, Unimolecular Templates and Particulate Nanocarriers

M. Muellner* and A.H.E. Mueller*

Polymer 2016, 98, 387-388.

(Cover and Feature Article)

Passive Tumour Targeting and Extravasation of Cylindrical Polymer Brushes in Mouse Xenografts

M. Muellner,* D. Mehta, C.J. Nowell, C.J.H. Porter

Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 9121-9124.

(Emerging Investigator 2016 Issue)

Molecular Polymer Brushes in Nanomedicine

M. Muellner*

Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2016, 217, 2209-2222.

(invited Talent Article)

Publications from PhD and Postdoc work


Analysing Intracellular Deformation of Polymer Capsules using Structured Illumination Microscopy

X. Chen, J. Cui, H. Sun, M. Muellner, F. Caruso

Nanoscale 2016, 8, 11924-11931.

Metal–Phenolic Supramolecular Gelation

M.A. Rahim, M. Björnmalm, T. Suma, M. Faria, Y. Ju, K. Kempe, M. Muellner, H. Ejima, A. D. Stickland, F. Caruso

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 128, 14007-14011.

Shape-Dependent Activation of Cytokine Secretion by Polymer Capsules in Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages

X. Chen, Y. Yan, M. Muellner, Y. Ping, J. Cui, K. Kempe, C. Cortez-Jugo, F. Caruso

Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 1205–1212.


Engineering Low-Fouling and pH-Degradable Capsules through the Assembly of Metal-Phenolic Networks

Y. Ju, J. Cui, M. Muellner, T. Suma, M. Hu, F. Caruso

Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 807–814.

Generalizable Strategy for Engineering Protein Particles with pH-Triggered Disassembly and Recoverable Protein Functionality

T. Suma, J. Cui, M. Muellner, Y. Ju, J. Guo, M. Hu, F. Caruso

ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4, 160–164.

Size and Rigidity of Cylindrical Polymer Brushes Dictate Long Circulating Properties In Vivo

M. Muellner, S.J. Dodds, T.-H. Nguyen, D. Senyschyn, C.J.H. Porter, B. Boyd, F. Caruso

ACS Nano 2015, 9, 1294–1304.

Surface-Confined Amorphous Films from Metal-Coordinated Simple Phenolic Ligands

M.A. Rahim, K. Kempe, M. Muellner, H. Ejima, Y. Ju, M.P. van Koeverden, T. Suma, J.A. Braunger,
M.G. Leeming, B.F. Abrahams, F. Caruso

Chem. Mater. 2015, 27 , 5825–5832.


Coordination-Driven Multistep Assembly of Metal–Polyphenol Films and Capsules

M.A. Rahim, H. Ejima, K.L. Cho, K. Kempe, M. Muellner, J.P. Best, F. Caruso

Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 1645–1653.

Emerging methods for the fabrication of polymer capsules

J. Cui, M.P. van Koeverden, M. Muellner, K. Kempe, F. Caruso

Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 2014, 207, 14-31.

Engineering Fluorescent Poly(dopamine) Capsules

X. Chen, Y. Yan, M. Muellner, M.P. van Koeverden, K. Noi, W. Zhu, F. Caruso

Langmuir 2014, 30, 2921–2925.

Multilayered polymer capsules with switchable permeability

K. Kempe, K.F. Noi, S.L. Ng, M. Muellner, F. Caruso

Polymer 2014, 55, 6451–6459.

Surface-Initiated Polymerization within Mesoporous Silica Spheres for the Modular Design of Charge-Neutral Polymer Particles

M. Muellner, J. Cui, K.F. Noi, S. Gunawan, F. Caruso

Langmuir 2014, 30, 6286–6293.


Clickable poly(2-oxazoline) architectures for the fabrication of low-fouling polymer capsules

K. Kempe, S. Ng, K.F. Noi, M. Muellner, S. Gunawan, F. Caruso

ACS Macro Lett.  2013, 2, 1069-1072.

Emulsion Condensation Polymerization in Dispersed Aqueous Media:
Interfacial Reactions and Nanoparticle Formation

J.B. Joensson, M. Muellner, L. Piculell, O.J. Karlsson

Macromolecules 2013, 46, 9104–9113.

Janus Micelles as Effective Supracolloidal Dispersants for Carbon Nanotubes

A.H. Groeschel, T.I. Loebling, P. Petrov, M. Muellner, C. Kuttner, F. Wieberger, A.H.E. Mueller

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3602–3606.

(Cover article)

Surface Interactions Surpass Carbon–Carbon Bond: Understanding and Control of the Scission Behavior of Core–Shell Polymer Brushes on Surfaces

Z. Zheng, M. Muellner, J. Ling, A.H.E. Mueller

ACS Nano 2013, 7, 2284–2291.

Tuning the mechanical properties of nanoporous hydrogel particles via polymer cross-linking

J.P. Best, J. Cui, M. Muellner, F. Caruso

Langmuir 2013, 29, 9824-9831.


A facile polymer templating route toward high-aspect-ratio crystalline titania nanostructures

M. Muellner, T. Lunkenbein, N. Miyajima, J. Breu, A.H.E. Mueller

Small 2012, 8, 2636–2640.

Template-Directed Mild Synthesis of Anatase Hybrid Nanotubes within Cylindrical Core–Shell–Corona Polymer Brushes

M. Muellner, T. Lunkenbein, M. Schieder, A.H. Groeschel, N. Miyajima, M. Foertsch, J. Breu, F. Caruso, A.H.E. Mueller

Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 6981-6988.

Template-Directed Synthesis of Silica Nanowires and Nanotubes from Cylindrical Core–Shell Polymer Brushes

M. Muellner, T. Lunkenbein, J. Breu, F. Caruso, A.H.E. Mueller

Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 1802–1810.


Hybrids of magnetic nanoparticles with double-hydrophilic core/shell cylindrical polymer brushes and their alignment in a magnetic field

Y. Xu, J. Yuan, B. Fang, M. Drechsler, M. Muellner, S. Bolisetty, M. Ballauff, A.H.E. Mueller

Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 4182-4189.

Water-soluble organo−silica hybrid nanotubes templated by cylindrical polymer brushes

M. Muellner, J. Yuan, S. Weiss, A. Walther, M. Foertsch, M. Drechsler, A.H.E. Mueller

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 16587-16592.

Clickable, biocompatible, and fluorescent hybrid nanoparticles for intracellular delivery and optical imaging

M. Muellner, A. Schallon, A. Walther, R. Freitag, A.H.E. Mueller

Biomacromolecules 2010, 11, 390-396.


New block copolymers with poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) as a double stimuli-responsive block

F.H. Schacher, M. Muellner, H. Schmalz, A.H.E. Mueller

Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2009, 210, 256-262.