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James Miller

James Miller

Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures

Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
  • Professor of Practice, LightWorks®, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


James E. Miller (Jim) is a chemical engineer who has directed his efforts towards energy, materials, and chemical processing research. Prior to joining ASU LightWorks® in 2018, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories for over 25 years where his work touched on diverse topics ranging from catalysis for a variety of reactions to desalination. He served as the principle investigator of the large multi-institution and –discipline solar thermochemical efforts for solar fuels (Sunshine to Petrol) and thermochemical energy storage (PROMOTES). He led and contributed directly to efforts in materials development and characterization, development of new high temperature thermochemical reactors and systems, and thermodynamic, engineering and technoeconomic analysis. Miller has co-authored over 120 technical documents, holds 10 patents, and is the recipient of two R&D 100 Awards.

Miller received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas-Austin, 1992
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1986

Journal Articles


Babiniec, S. M., A. Ambrosini and J. E. Miller. 2017. Thermodynamic assessment of an electrically-enhanced thermochemical hydrogen production (EETHP) concept for renewable hydrogen generation. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 42(21):14380-14389. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.04.125. (link )

Schieber, G. L., E. B. Stechel, A. Ambrosini and J. E. Miller. 2017. H2O splitting via a two-step solar thermoelectrolytic cycle based on non-stoichiometric ceria redox reactions: Thermodynamic analysis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 42(10):18785-18793. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.06.098. (link )


Babiniec, S. M., E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller and A. Ambrosini. 2016. Doped calcium manganites for advanced high-temperature thermochemical energy storage. International Journal of Energy Research 40(2):280-284. DOI: 10.1002/er.3467. (link )


Babiniec, S. M., E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller and A. Ambrosini. 2015. Investigation of LaxSr1-xCoyM1-yO3-δ (M = Mn, Fe) perovskite materials as thermochemical energy storage media. Solar Energy 118(Aug):451-459. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.05.040. (link )


Ermanoski, I., J. E. Miller and M. D. Allendon. 2014. Efficiency maximization in solar-thermochemical fuel production: Challenging the concept of isothermal water splitting. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16:8418-8427. DOI: 10.1039/C4CP00978A. (link )

Miller, J. E., A. H. McDaniel and M. D. Allendorf. 2014. Considerations in the design of materials for solar-driven fuel production using metal-oxide thermochemical cycles. Advanced Energy Materials 4(2):Art. 1300469. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201300469. (link )


Kim, J., J. E. Miller, C. T. Maravelias and E. B. Stechel. 2013. Comparative analysis of environmental impact of S2P (Sunshine to Petrol) system for transportation fuel production. Applied Energy 111(Nov):1089-1098. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.035. (link )

Ohlhausen, J. A., E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini and J. E. Miller. 2013. ToF-SIMS analysis of iron oxide particle oxidation by isotopic and multivariate analysis. Surface and Interface Analysis 45(1):320-323. DOI: 10.1002/sia.5140. (link )

Siegel, N. P., J. E. Miller, I. Ermanoski, R. B. Diver and E. B. Stechel. 2013. Factors affecting the efficiency of solar drive metal oxide thermochemical cycles. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52(9):3276-3286. DOI: 10.1021/ie400193q. (link )

Stechel, E. B. and J. E. Miller. 2013. Re-energizing CO2 to fuels with the sun: Issues of efficiency, scale, and economics. Journal of CO2 Utilization 1(Jun):28-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2013.03.008. (link )


Coker, E. N., J. A. Ohlhausen, A. Ambrosini and J. E. Miller. 2012. Oxygen transport and isotopic exchange in iron oxide/YSZ thermochemically-active materials via splitting of C(18O)2 at high temperature studied by thermogravimetric analysis and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Journal of Materials Chemistry 22:6726-2732. DOI: 10.1039/C2JM15324F. (link )

Coker, E. N., M. A. Rodriguez, A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller and E. B. Stechel. 2012. Using in-situ techniques to probe high-temperature reactions: Thermochemical cycles for the production of synthetic fuels from CO2 and water. Powder Diffraction 27(2):117-125. DOI: 10.1017/S0885715612000255. (link )

Kim, J., T. A. Johnson, J. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel and C. T. Maravelias. 2012. Fuel production from CO2 using solar-thermal energy: System level analysis. Energy and Environmental Science 5:8417-8429. DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21798H. (link )

Palumbo, R., R. B. Diver, E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller, J. Guertin, J. Schoer, M. Meyer and N. P. Siegel. 2012. Solar thermal decoupled water electrolysis process I: Proof of concept. Chemical Engineering Science 84(Dec):372-380. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2012.08.023. (link )

Walker, L. S., J. E. Miller, G. E. Hilmas, L. R. Evans and E. L. Corral. 2012. Coextrusion of zirconia-iron oxide honeycomb substrates for solar-bsed thermochemical generation of carbon monoxide for renewable fuels. Energy & Fuels 26(1):712-721. DOI: 10.1021/ef201346g. (link )


Challa, S. R., Y. Song, J. A. Shelnutt, J. E. Miller and F. van Swol. 2011. Evolution of dendritic nanosheets into durable holey sheets: a lattice gas simulation study. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 15(05n06):449-458. DOI: 10.1142/S1088424611003409. (link )

Coker, E. N., A. Ambrosini, M. A. Rodriguez and J. E. Miller. 2011. Ferrite-YSZ composites for solar thermochemical production of synthetic fuels: in operando characterization of CO2reduction. Journal of Materials Chemistry 21(29):10767-10776. DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11053E. (link )

Garcia, R. M., Y. Song, R. M. Dorin, H. Wang, A. M. Moreno, Y. Jiang, Y. Tian, Y. Qiu, C. J. Medforth, E. N. Coker, F. van Swol, J. E. Miller and J. A. Shelnutt. 2011. Templated growth of platinum nanowheels using the inhomogeneous reaction environment of bicelles. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 13(11):4846-4852. DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01930E. (link )

Kim, J., C. A. Henao, T. A. Johnson, D. E. Dedrick, J. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel and C. T. Maravelias. 2011. Methanol production from CO2 using solar-thermal energy: process development and techno-economic analysis. Royal Society of Chemistry 4:3122-3132. DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01311D. (link )

Tian, Y., K. E. Martin, J. Y. Shelnutt, L. R. Evans, T. Busani, J. E. Miller, C. J. Medforth and J. A. Shelnutt. 2011. Morphological families of self-assembled porphyrin structures and their photosensitization of hydrogen generation. Chemical Communications 47(11):6069-6071. DOI: 10.1039/C1CC10868A. (link )


Song, Y., M. A. Hickner, S. R. Challa, R. M. Dorin, R. M. Garcia, H. Wang, Y. Jiang, P. Li, Y. Qiu, F. van Swol, C. J. Medforth, J. E. Miller, T. Nwoga, K. Kawahara, W. Li and J. A. Shelnutt. 2009. Evolution of dendritic platinum nanosheets into ripening-resistant holey sheets. Nano Letters 9(4):1534-1539. DOI: 10.1021/nl803582j. (link )


Allendorf, M. D., R. B. Diver, N. P. Siegel and J. E. Miller. 2008. Two-step water splitting using mixed-metal ferrites: Thermodynamic analysis and characterization of synthesized materials. Energy Fuels 22(6):4115-4124. DOI: 10.1021/ef8005004. (link )

Diver, R. B., J. E. Miller, M. D. Allendorf, N. P. Siegel and R. E. Hogan. 2008. Solar thermochemical water-splitting ferrite-cycle heat engines. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 130(4):041001. DOI: 10.1115/1.2969781. (link )

Hammache, S., L. R. Evans, E. N. Coker and J. E. Miller. 2008. Impact of copper on the performance and sulfur tolerance of barium-based NOx storage-reduction catalysts. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 78(3-4):315-223. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2007.09.010. (link )

Miller, J. E., M. D. Allendorf, R. B. Diver, L. R. Evans, N. P. Siegel and J. N. Stuecker. 2008. Metal oxide composites and structures for ultra-high temperature solar thermochemical cycles. Journal of Materials Science 43(14):4714-4728. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-007-2354-7. (link )

Song, Y., R. M. Dorin, R. M. Garcia, Y. Jiang, H. Wang, P. Li, Y. Qiu, J. E. Miller and J. A. Shelnutt. 2008. Synthesis of platinum nanowheels using a bicellar template. Journal of the American Chemical Society 130(38):12602-12603. DOI: 10.1021/ja8047464. (link )

Wang, H., Y. Song, Z. Wang, C. J. Medforth, J. E. Miller, L. Evans, P. Li and J. A. Shelnutt. 2008. Silica-metal core-shells and metal shells synthesized by porphyrin-assisted photocatalysis. Chemical Materials 20(24):7434-7439. DOI: 10.1021/cm802143d. (link )

Wang, Z., L. E. Lybarger, W. Wang, C. J. Medforth, J. E. Miller and J. A. Shelnutt. 2008. Monodisperse porphyrin nanospheres synthesized by coordination polymerization. Nanotechnology 19(39):395604. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/39/395604. (link )


Coker, E. N., W. A. Steen and J. E. Miller. 2007. Zeolite-templated Pt/C electrocatalysts. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 104(1-3):236-247. DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2007.02.044. (link )

Coker, E. N., W. A. Steen, J. T. Miller, A. J. Kropf and J. E. Miller. 2007. Nanostructured Pt/C electrocatalysts with high platinum dispersions through zeolite-templating. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 101(3):440-444. DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2006.12.022. (link )

Coker, E. N., W. A. Steen, J. T. Miller, A. J. Kropf and J. E. Miller. 2007. The preparation and characterization of novel Pt/C electrocatalysts with controlled porosity and cluster size. Journal of Materials Chemistry 17(31):3330-3340. DOI: 10.1039/B703916F. (link )

Song, Y., R. M. Garcia, R. M. Dorin, H. Wang, Y. Qiu, E. N. Coker, W. A. Steen, J. E. Miller and J. A. Shelnutt. 2007. Synthesis of platinum nanowire networks usng a soft template. Nano Letters 7(12):3650-3655. DOI: 10.1021/nl0719123. (link )


Song, Y., Y. Jiang, H. Wang, D. Pena, Y. Qiu, J. E. Miller and J. A. Shelnutt. 2006. Plantinum nanodendrites. Nanotechnology 17(5):1300-1308. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/17/5/023. (link )

Song, Y., W. A. Steen, D. Pena, Y. Jiang, C. J. Medforth, Q. Huo, J. L. Pincus, Y. Qiu, D. Y. Sasaki and J. E. Miller. 2006. Foamlike nanostructures created from dendritic platinum sheets on liposomes. Chemical Materials 18(9):2335-2346. DOI: 10.1021/cm060384d. (link )


Ferrizz, R. M., J. N. Stuecker, J. Cesarano III and J. E. Miller. 2005. Monolithic supports with unique geometrics and enhanced mass transfer. Industrial Engineering Chemical Research 44(302-308):. DOI: 10.1021/ie049468r. (link )


Song, Y., S. R. Challa, C. J. Medforth, Y. Qiu, R. K. Watt, D. Pena, J. E. Miller, F. van Swol and J. A. Shelnutt. 2004. Synthesis of peptide-nanotube platinum-nanoparticle composites. Chemical Communications 2004(9):1044-1045. DOI: 10.1039/B402126F. (link )

Stuecker, J. N., J. E. Miller, R. M. Ferrizz, J. E. Mudd and J. Cesarano. 2004. Advanced support structures for enhanced catalytic activity. Industrial Engineering Chemical Research 43(1):51-55. DOI: 10.1021/ie030291v. (link )


Maiti, A., N. Govind, P. Kung, D. King-Smith, J. E. Miller, C. Zhang and G. Whitwell. 2002. Effect of surface phosphorus on the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane: A first-principles investigation. Journal of Chemical Physics 117(17):8080. DOI: 10.1063/1.1510122. (link )

Miller, J. E., M. M. Gonzales, L. Evans, A. G. Sault, C. Zhang, R. Rao, G. Whitwell, A. Maiti and D. King-Smith. 2002. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane over iron phosphate catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General 231(1-2):281-292. DOI: 10.1016/S0926-860X(02)00070-4. (link )

Sault, A. G., J. A. Ruffner, J. E. Mudd and J. E. Miller. 2002. Deposition and characterization of highly oriented Mg3(VO4)2 thin-film catalysts: 3. Effect of exposure to reaction conditions. Journal of Catalysis 208(1):6-14. DOI: 10.1006/jcat.2002.3550. (link )


Miller, J. E., A. G. Sault, D. E. Trudell, T. M. Nenoff, S. G. Thoma and N. B. Jackson. 2000. Oxidation reactions of ethane over Ba-Ce-O based perovskites. Applied Catalysis A: General 201(2000):45-54. (link )


Miller, J. E., L. Evans, A. Littlewolf and D. E. Trudell. 1999. Batch microreactor studies of lignin and lignin model compound depolymerization by bases in alcohol solvents. Fuel 78(11):1363-1366. DOI: 10.1016/S0016-2361(99)00072-1. (link )

Miller, J. E., N. B. Jackson, L. R. Evans, A. G. Sault and M. M. Gonzales. 1999. The formation of active species for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane on magnesium molybdates. Catalysis Letters 58(2-3):147-152. DOI: 10.1023/A:1019013514105. (link )


Gu, D., L. Nguyen, C. V. Philip, M. E. Huckman, R. G. Anthony, J. E. Miller and D. E. Trudell. 1997. Cs+ ion exchange kinetics in complex electrolyte solutions using hydrous crystalline silicotitanates. Industrial Engineering Chemical Research 36(12):5377-5383. DOI: 10.1021/ie960338v. (link )

Zheng, Z., R. G. Anthony and J. E. Miller. 1997. Modeling multicomponent ion exchange equilibrium utilizing hydrous crystalline silicotitanates by a multiple interactive ion exchange site model. Industrial Engineering Chemical Research 36(6):2427-2434. DOI: 10.1021/ie960546n. (link )


Nenoff, T. M., J. E. Miller, S. G. Thoma and D. E. Trudell. 1996. Highly selective inorganic crystalline ion exchange maerial for Sr2+ in acideic solutions. Environmetal Science & Technology 30(12):3630-3633. DOI: 10.1021/es9605331. (link )

Zheng, Z., C. V. Philip, R. G. Anthony, J. L. Krumhansl, D. E. Trudell and J. E. Miller. 1996. Ion exchange of Group I metals by hydrous crystalline silicotitanates. Industrial Engineering Chemical Research 35(11):4246-4256. DOI: 10.1021/ie960073k. (link )


Miller, J. E. and J. G. Ekerdt. 1994. Chemical beam epitaxy and characterization of GaAs from bis(tert-butylarsenido)dimethylgallane dimer and bis(tert-butylarsenido)diethygallane dimer. Chemical Materials 6(3):343-348. DOI: 10.1021/cm00039a016. (link )


Miller, J. E. and J. G. Ekerdt. 1992. Growth of epitaxial (100) gallium arsenide films using the single-source precursor [Me2Ga(μ-t-Bu2As)]2. Chemical Materials 4(1):7-9. DOI: 10.1021/cm00019a003. (link )

Miller, J. E., M. A. Mardones, J. W. Nail, A. H. Cowley and R. A. Jones. 1992. Pyrolysis studies of the single-source gallium arsenide precursors [Me2Ga(μ-As-i-Pr2)]3, [Me2Ga(μ-AsMe2)]3, [Me2Ga(μ-As-t-Bu2)]2, and [Et2Ga(μ-As-t-Bu2)]2. Chemical Materials 4(2):447-452. DOI: 10.1021/cm00020a038. (link )


Miller, J. E., K. B. Kidd, A. H. Cowley, R. A. Jones, J. G. Ekerdt, H. J. Gysling, A. A. Wernberg and T. N. Blanton. 1990. Growth and characterization of gallium arsenide using single-source precursors: OMCVD and bulk pyrolysis studies. Chemical Materials 2(5):589-593. DOI: 10.1021/cm00011a023. (link )


Cowley, A. H., B. L. Benac, J. G. Ekerdt, R. A. Jones, K. B. Kidd, J. Y. Lee and J. E. Miller. 1988. Organometallic chemical vapor deposition of III/V compound semiconductors with novel organometallic precursors. Journal of the American Chemical Society 110(18):6248-6249. DOI: 10.1021/ja00226a051. (link )

Book Chapters


Ambrosini, A., E. N. Coker, M. A. Rodriguez, S. Livers, L. R. Evans, J. E. Miller and E. B. Stechel. 2010. Synthesis and characterization of ferrite materials for thermochemical CO2 splitting using concentrated solar energy. In: Hu, Y. ed., Advances in CO2 Conversion and Utilization. Vol 1056. American Chemical Society. Washington, D.C. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2010-1056.ch001.

Miller, J. E., R. B. Driver, N. P. Siegel, E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini, D. E. Dedrick, M. D. Allendorf, A. H. McDaniel, G. L. Kellogg, R. E. Hogan, E. B. Stechel and K. Chen. 2010. Sunshine to petrol: A metal oxide based thermochemical route to solar fuels. In: Neelameggham, N. R., R. Reddy, C. Belt, A. Hagni and S. K. Das eds., Energy Technology 2010: Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management, Alternative Energy Sources. The Minerals, Metals, and Mateirals Society, Wiley.

Conference Papers


Miller, J. E., E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini, A. H. McDaniel, I. Ermanoski and E. B. Stechel. 2016. Sunshine to petrol: Thermochemistry for solar fuels. In: Kruka, H. and F. Zhu eds., Proceedings of CO2 Summit II: Technologies and Opportunities. CO2 Summit II: Technologies and Opportunities. (link )


Coker, E. N., S. Hammache, D. Pena and J. E. Miller. 2004. Selective catalytic reduction and NOx storage in vehicle emission control. In: Lara-Curzio, E. and M. J. Readey eds., 28th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings. 28th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings. (link )