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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


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 )


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 )

Conference Papers


Miller, J. E., E. Coker, A. Ambrosini, A. 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 )