Professor Jochen Mueller

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32450


Jochen’s research focusses on monitoring of trace organic pollutants, including pioneering work on sources, fate, monitoring techniques (including development of passive sampling techniques) and trends in human exposure to trace contaminants. More recently his group has been leading research in the field of wastewater epidemiology.

Jochen joined QAEHS in 1997 and was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012 to understand changes in chemical exposure through integrative sampling and systematic archiving. As part of his research program at QAEHS he has lead numerous national and international studies, such as Australia's National Dioxin Program, the Brominated Flame Retardant Program and a major study to investigate bush-fire emissions (the results of which are included in the UNEP Toolkit). He works closely with governments (state, federal and international including UNEP) on the development of systematic monitoring strategies, including for protection of the Great Barrier Reef. As part of his Future Fellowship, he has established an extensive sample archive, the Australian Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB), to allow retrospective analysis of changes in pollutant exposure in Australia.

Jochen’s work on passive samplers, bioanalytical techniques for emerging chemicals and wastewater epidemiology has received support from ARC and numerous industry partners.


  • PhD, Griffith University
  • Master of Science, Hohen Ger
  • Diploma Agri Biol, Hohen Ger


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Book Chapter

  • He, Chang, Lin, Chun-Yin and Mueller, Jochen F. (2020). Organophosphate flame retardants in the environment: source, occurrence, and human exposure. Emerging halogenated flame retardants in the environment. (pp. 341-365) edited by Jeong-Eun Oh. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/bs.coac.2019.10.008

  • Choi, Phil M., Thomas, Kevin V., O’Brien, Jake W. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2019). Mining population exposure and community health via wastewater-based epidemiology. A new paradigm for environmental chemistry and toxicology: from concepts to insights. (pp. 99-114) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-9447-8_8

  • Mortimer, Munro R. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2014). An introduction to quality assurance/quality control in environmental field sampling. Quality Assurance & Quality Control of Environmental Field Samples. (pp. 8-24) London, United Kingdom: Future Medicine. doi: 10.4155/EBO.13.539

  • Zhang, Chunlong, Mueller, Jochen F. and Mortimer, Munro R. (2014). Foreword. Quality assurance/quality control in environmental field sampling. (pp. 2-7) London, UK: Future Science. doi: 10.4155/EBO.13.627

  • Mortimer, Munro, Mueller, Jochen F. and Liess, Matthias (2014). Sampling methods in surface waters. Handbook of water analysis. (pp. 3-46) edited by Leo M. L. Nollet and Leen S. P. De Gelder. Boca Raton, FL., United States: CRC Press.

  • Davis, Aaron M., Lewis, Stephen E., O’Brien, Dominique S., Bainbridge, Zoe T., Bentley, Christie, Mueller, Jochen F. and Brodie, Jon E. (2014). Water resource development and high value coastal wetlands on the Lower Burdekin Floodplain, Australia. Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond. (pp. 223-245) edited by Eric Wolanski. Dordrecht, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7019-5_13

  • Mortimer, Munro, R., Toms, Leisa-Maree Leontjew and Mueller, Jochen F. (2012). Organohalogen contamination profiles and trends in Australia. Global contamination trends of persistent organic chemicals. (pp. 129-161) edited by Bommanna G. Loganathan and Paul K. S. Lam. Boca Raton Florida, USA: CRC Press.

  • van Dam, Joost W., Negri, Andrew P., Uthicke, Sven and Mueller, Jochen F. (2011). Chemical pollution on coral reefs: Exposure and ecological effects. Ecological impacts of toxic chemicals. (pp. 187-211) edited by Francisco Sanchez-Bayo, Paul J. van den Brink and Reinier M. Mann. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Bentham Science Publishers.

  • Toms, Lisa-Maree, L., Hearn, Laurence, Sjodin, Andreas and Mueller, Jochen F. (2011). Human exposure to brominated flame retardants. Brominated flame retardants. (pp. 203-239) edited by Ethel Eljarrat and Damià Barceló. Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/698_2010_90

  • Iwai, C. B., Sujira, H., Somparn, A., Komarova, T., Mueller, J. M. and Noller, B. N. (2007). Monitoring Pesticides in the Paddy Field Ecosystem of North-Eastern Thailand for Environmental and Health Risks. Rational Environmental Management of Agrochemicals : Risk Assessment, Monitoring, and Remedial Action. (pp. 259-273) edited by Ivan R. Kennedy, Keith R. Solomon, Shirley J. Gee, Angus N. Crossan, Shuo Wang and Francisco Sanchez-Bayo. United States of America: Oxford University Press.

  • Mortimer, M., Mueller, J. M. and Liess, M. (2007). Sampling Methods in Surface Waters. Handbook of Water Analysis. (pp. 1-45) Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A.: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Stephens, B. S. and Mueller, J. M. (2007). Techniques for quantitatively evaluating aquatic passive sampling devices. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry. Passive Sampling Techniques in Environmental Monitoring. (pp. 329-349) edited by R. Greenwood, G. Mills and B. Vrana. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/S0166-526X(06)48015-6

  • Bartkow, M. E., Orazio, C. E., Gouin, T., Huckins, J. N. and Mueller, J. M. (2007). Towards quantitative monitoring of semivolatile organic compounds using passive air samplers. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry. Passive Sampling Techniques in Environmental Monitoring. (pp. 125-137) edited by R. Greenwood, G. Mills and B. Vrana. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/S0166-526X(06)48006-5

  • Mortimer, M. and Mueller, J. (2006). The sampling process. Chromatographic Analysis of the Environment. (pp. 2-30) edited by Leo M. L. Nollet. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: Taylor & Francis.

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