Karl Mueller

Karl Mueller
  • Professor of Chemistry
002 Chemistry Building
(814) 863-8674


Dr. Mueller graduated from the University of Rochester in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He spent one year at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar and then attended graduate school in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was supported by an NSF pre-doctoral fellowship. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1991, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of British Columbia. In 1993 he joined the Penn State faculty as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2007. Dr. Mueller has received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1992), an NSF Young Investigator Award (1994), an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award (1996), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1997), a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award (1996), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1999). His research has been supported through grants from the American Cancer Society, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Alfred University Center for Glass Research, and a number of industrial partners. Dr. Mueller has served as the Director of the Penn State Center for Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry (2003-2008) and as Chair of the Graduate Council Committee on Fellowships and Awards (2004-2008), and he is also a member of the User Advisory Committee for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Academic Training

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Rochester
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


Development of experimental and theoretical techniques for solid-state NMR spectroscopy; magic-angle spinning and higher-order averaging of quadrupolar spectra; coherence transfer and dipolar-dephasing dynamics in solid-state NMR; chemistry and reactivity of complex oxide surfaces; transport of radionuclides in the environment; cyberinfrstructure for environmental kinetics analysis.

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