Thomas E. Müller received his undergraduate education at LMU München and ETH Zürich. His Diplomarbeit led him for the first time to the United Kingdom, where he worked with D. M. L. Goodgame, IC London on heterometallic complexes. After returning to Switzerland, he received his Diploma in 1991. He joined the research group of D. M. P. Mingos at IC London the following year and received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 for studies on polyaromatic phosphines and their coordination to noble metals. In 1995, he moved to the University of Sussex to pursue postdoctoral research on fullerenes and nanotubes with D. M. Walton and Sir H. K. Kroto. After working for two years as Liebig-Stipendiat in close collaboration with M. Beller and W. A. Herrmann at TU München, he started his habilitation in 1998 in the group of J. A. Lercher. In 2003, he continued at TU München as Privatdozent. After visiting professor positions at NUS Singapore (2005) and University of Tokyo (2005), he accepted the position as head of CAT Catalytic Center, RWTH Aachen University in 2007.
He has published more than 50 papers, mainly in the field of amine synthesis, mechanistic studies on hydroamination, reductive amination and hydrogenation of nitriles, and catalyst immobilisation.
His current research interest is focused on homogeneous catalysis with transition metal complexes, immobilisation of homogeneous catalysts, supported ionic liquids and metal nanoparticles, multiphase reactions, and building block systems for heterogeneous catalysis.