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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 183-501
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Charles Miller
Research Scientist

  • B.S., Chemistry and History, Duke University, cum laude and departmental prize in Chemistry (1986)
  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (1991)

Research Interests
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Photochemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Carbon Cycle Science
  • Free Radical Structure/Reactivity Relationships


OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory Icon OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is a mission designed to make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Earth orbiting satellite.

Megacities Carbon Project Icon Megacities Carbon Project
The Megacities Carbon Project is being established for the megacities of Los Angeles and Paris.

CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment) Icon CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment)
CARVE is an airborne mission to measure CO2 and CH4 fluxes from Alaska.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2003 - present)
    • Research Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry/Molecular Spectroscopy (2003-present)
    • Deputy Principal Investigator, Orbiting Carbon Observatory (2001 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Haverford College (1997 - 2003)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1994 - 1997)
  • Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University (1991-1994)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award SMD American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Team (2011)
  • NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship (1998)
  • National Research Council Associateship, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1994-1997)
  • Robert A. Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rice University (1991-1994)
  • Regents Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1986-1987)

Selected Publications
  1. D. Crisp et al., "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). 2. Current XCO2 measurement capabilities," manuscript in preparation.
  2. D. Crisp et al., "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). 1. XCO2 science measurement requirements," manuscript in preparation.
  3. D. Crisp et al., "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) Mission," Adv. Space Res. 34, 700 doi:10.1016/j.asr.2003.08.062 (2004)
  4. C. E. Miller, M. Montgomery, R. Onorato, C. Johnstone, T. McNicholas, B. Kovaric and L. R. Brown, "Near Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon Dioxide. II. 16O13C16O and 16O13C18O Line Positions," Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, in press.
  5. C. E. Miller and L. R. Brown, "Near Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon Dioxide. I. 16O12C16O Line Positions," in press, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.
  6. R. M. Onorato and C. E. Miller, "The Photo-induced Isotopic Fractionation Effects in the Heavy Ozone Anomaly," submitted to Science.
  7. C. E. Miller and J. S. Francisco, "Proton Affinity of Peroxyacetic Acid," J. Phys. Chem A 108, 2930 DOI: 10.1021/jp036748w (2004)
  8. B. J. Drouin, J. L. Fry and C. E. Miller, "Rotational Spectrum of cis-cis HOONO," J. Chem. Phys. 120 (12), 5505 doi:10.1063/1.1687311 (2004)
  9. L. E. Christensen, M. Okumura, S. P. Sander, R. R. Friedl, C. E. Miller and J. J. Sloan, "Measurements of the Rate Constant of HO2 + NO2 + N2 > HO2NO2 + N2 Using Near-Infrared Wavelength-Modulated Spectroscopy and UV-Visible Absorption Spectroscopy," J. Phys. Chem A 108, 80 DOI: 10.1021/jp035905o (2004)
  10. C. E. Miller and E. A. Cohen, "Rotational Spectroscopy of Iodine Dioxide, OIO," J. Chem. Phys. 118 (14), 6359 doi:10.1063/1.1540107 (2003)
  11. C. E. Miller, in Low-Lying Potential Energy Surfaces, M. R. Hoffmann and K. G. Dyall, Ed., "The X1(2 3/2) and X2(2 1/2) Potentials of the Halogen Monoxides: A Comparison of RKR and Ab Initio Results," ACS Symp Ser. 828 (Washington, DC, 2002)
  12. C. E. Miller and J. S. Francisco, "A quadratic configuration interaction study of the proton affinity of acetic acid," Chem.Phys. Lett. 364, 427 doi:10.1016/S0009-2614(02)01348-9 (2002)
  13. S. G. Chou, D. T. Petkie, R. A. H. Butler and C. E. Miller, "Rotational Spectroscopy of DNO3," J. Mol. Spectrosc. 211, 284 doi:10.1006/jmsp.2001.8482 (2002)
  14. C. E. Miller and E.A. Cohen, "Rotational Spectroscopy of IO," J. Chem. Phys. 115 (14), 6459 doi:10.1063/1.1398308 (2001)
  15. C. E. Miller and J. S. Francisco, "The Formation of a Surprisingly Stable HO2-H2SO4 Complex," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123, 10387 DOI: 10.1021/ja016268n (2001)
  16. B. J. Drouin, C. E. Miller, E. A. Cohen, G. Wagner and M. Birk, "Further Investigations of the ClO Rotational Spectrum," J. Mol. Spectrosc. 207, 4 doi:10.1006/jmsp.2001.8332 (2001)
  17. C. E. Miller and J. S. Francisco, "Symmetry Breaking and the Structure of NO3 +," J. Phys. Chem A 105, 1662 DOI: 10.1021/jp002349e (2001)
  18. D. Herschbach, C. E. Miller, C. B. Moore, and S. E. Schwartz, "Introduction to the Harold Johnston Festschrift," J. Phys. Chem A 105, 1385 DOI: 10.1021/jp010054a (2001)
  19. C. E. Miller and B. J. Drouin, "The X1 2 3/2 and X2 2 1/2 Potential Energy Surfaces of FO," J. Mol. Spectrosc. 205, 312 doi:10.1006/jmsp.2000.8257 (2001)
  20. C. E. Miller and J. S. Francisco, "Proton Affinity of Peroxyacetyl Nitrate (PAN)," J. Phys. Chem A. 105, 750 DOI: 10.1021/jp0030185. (2001)
  21. B. J. Drouin, C. E. Miller, H. S. P. Müller, E. A. Cohen, "The Rotational Spectrum of BrO," J. Mol. Spectrosc. 205, 128 doi:10.1006/jmsp.2000.8252 (2001)
  22. C. E. Miller, Y. L. Yung, "Photo-Induced Isotopic Fractionation," J. Geophys. Res. D 105, 29039 (2000)
  23. C. E. Miller and Y. L. Yung, "Photo-induced Isotopic Fractionation in Stratospheric N2O," Chemosphere: Global Change Science, 2, 255 (2000)
  24. T. V. Duncan and C. E. Miller, "The HCO2 Potential Energy Surface: Stationary Point Energetics and the HOCO Heat of Formation," J. Chem. Phys. 113, 5138 doi:10.1063/1.1312824 (2000)
  25. C. E. Miller, J. Lynton, D. Keevil, and J. S. Francisco, "The Dissociation Pathways of Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN)," J. Phys.Chem A 103, 11451 DOI: 10.1021/jp992667h (1999)

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