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James Miller

James Miller

Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability
  • Professor of Practice, LightWorks®, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


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 )


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 & Environment 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 )

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 )