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Stanley Sander
Senior Research Scientist

  • B.A. in Physics, Pomona College (1974)
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology (1975)
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology (1980)

Research Interests
  • Laboratory photochemistry, spectroscopy and kinetics studies of elementary processes important in the atmospheres of Earth and the planets
  • Measurements of atmospheric composition by ground-based remote sensing using advanced instrumental methods such as UV-Visible-NIR interferometry, polarimetry and high resolution spectroscopy
  • Analysis of global satellite data to understand mechanisms of atmospheric transformations, dynamics and long-term trends important for tropospheric air quality, solar radiation and climate change


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JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

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

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This program works toward improving the understanding of reactions and photochemical processes that occur in the atmospheres of Earth and planets.

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In order to improve our understanding of key trace gases that control the profile of atmospheric ozone, we develop and operate UV-Visible spectrometers at JPL’s Table Mountain Facility

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Senior Research Scientist (1996-Present)
    • Lead Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry Research Element (1994-1996)
    • Manager, Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Section (1992-1994)
    • Leader, Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry Group (1988-Present)
    • Member of the Technical Staff (1979-1988)
    • Research Assistant, Physics Section (1971-1979)
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    • Project Scientist Joint Institute for Regional Earth Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE) (2008-Present)
    • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Atmospheric Sciences 1996
  • California Institute of Technology
    • Visiting Associate in Planetary Science, 1998-present
    • Lecturer in Geology and Planetary Science and Environmental Engineering Science, 1998-2004, 2017
    • Visiting Associate in Chemical Engineering, 1980-1981

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, PanFTS Instrument Development Team (2012)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2011, 2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, TMF NO2 Intercomparison/MOHAVE-II Campaign Teams (2009)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2007)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Instrument Team and Ground Data System Development Team (2005)

Selected Publications
  1. Zhang, X and Sander, S. P.; Infrared absorption spectrum of phenanthrene in an argon matrix; Chem. Phys. Lett.; 2017, 688, 47-50.
  2. Zhang, Q.; Li, K-F; Wang, S.; Sander, S. P.; Yung, Y. L.; Resolving model-observation discrepancy in the mesospheric and stratospheric HOx chemistry; Earth and Space Science, 2017, 4, 607-624.
  3. Zeng, Z.-C., Zhang, Q., Margolis, J. S., Shia, R.-L., Newman, S., Fu, D., Pongetti, T. J., Wong, K. W., Sander, S. P., Wennberg, P. O., and Yung, Y. L.: Investigating wavelength-dependent aerosol optical properties using water vapor slant column retrievals from CLARS over the Los Angeles basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys.; 2017, 17, 2495-2508. 10.5194/acp-17-2495-2017
  4.  Orphal, J. and 48 other authors; Absorption cross-sections of ozone in the ultraviolet and visible spectral regions: Status report 2015; J. Mol. Spec.; 2016 327, 105-121.
  5. Bloom, A. A.; Lauvaux, T.; Yadav, V.; Duren, R.; Sander, S.; Worden, J.; Schimel, D.; Resolving biogeochemical controls on greenhouse fluxes from space: a case study on Amazon wetland emissions; Atmos. Chem. Phys.; http://doi:10.5194/acp-16-15199-2016
  6. Zhang, X.; Sander, S. P.; Cheng, L.; Venkatesan, T. S.; Stanton, J. F.; Matrix-isolated spectrum of CH2BrOO radical; Chem. Phys. Lett.;  2016 657, 131-134.
  7. Feng, S.; Lauvaux, T.; Newman, S.; Rao, P.; Ahmadov, R.; Deng, A.; Diaz-Isaac, L. I.; Duren, R. M.; Fischer, M. L.; Gerbig, G.; Gurney, K. R.; Huang, J.; Jeong, S.; Li, Z.; Miller, C. E.; O’Keefe, D. O.; Patarasuk, R.; Sander, S. P.; Song, Y.; Wong, K. W.; Yung, Y. L.; L.A. Megacity: A high resolution land-atmosphere modeling system for urban CO2 emissions; Atmos. Chem. Phys.;2016, 16, 13121-13130,
  8. Wong, K. W.; Pongetti, T. J.; Oda, T.; Gurney, K. R.; Newman, S.; Duren, R.; Miller, C. E.; Yung, Y. L.; Sander, S. P.; Monthly trends of top-down methane emissions in the South Coast Air Basin from 2011-2015; Atmos. Chem. Phys.; 2016, 16, 9019-9045,
  9. Hosoda, T.; Fradet, M.; Frez, C.; Shterengas, L.; Sander, S.; Forouhar, S.; Belenky, G.; Laterally coupled distributed feedback cascade diode lasers emitting near 2.9 µm; Electr. Lett.; 2016, 52, 857-859,
  10. Zhang, Q.; Shia, R-L.; Sander, S. P.; Yung, Y. L.; XCO2 retrieval over deserts near critical surface albedo, Earth and Space Science.; 2016, 3,
  11. Zhang, X.; Sander, S. P.; Cheng, L.; Venkatesan, T. S.; Stanton, J. F.; Matrix-isolated spectrum of CH2IOO radical, J. Phys. Chem. A; 2016, 120, 260-285,
  12. Colosimo, S. F; Natraj, V.; Sander, S. P.; Stutz, J.; A sensitivity study on the retrieval of aerosol vertical profiles using the oxygen A-band, Atmos. Meas. Tech.; 2015, 8, 11853-11924,
  13. Wang, S.; Zhang, Q.; Millan, L.; Li, K.-F.; Yung, Y. L.; Sander, S. P.; Livesey, N. J.; Santee, M. L.; First evidence of middle atmospheric HO2 response to 27-day solar cycles from satellite observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2015, 42, 10,004-10,009, 
  14. Zhang, Q.; Natraj, V.; Li, K.-F.; Shia, R.-L.; Fu, D.; Pongetti, T. J.; Sander, S. P.; Roehl, C. M.; Yung, Y. L.; Accounting for aerosol scattering in the CLARS retrieval of column averaged CO2 mixing ratios, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos.; 2015, 120, 7205-7218, 
  15. Xi, X.; Natraj, V.; Shia, R. L.; Luo, M.; Zhang, Q.; Newman, S.; Sander, S. P.; Yung, Y. L.; Simulated retrievals for the remote sensing of CO2, CH4, CO, and H2O from geostationary orbit, Atmos. Meas. Tech.; 2015, 8, 4817-4830,
  16. Liu, Y.; Sander, S. P.; Rate constants for the OH + CO reaction over the temperature range 193-296 K, J. Phys. Chem. A; 2015, 10060-10066,
  17. Dodson, L. G.; Shen, L.; Savee, J. D.; Eddingsaas, N. C.; Welz, O.; Taatjes, C. A.; Osborn, D. L.; Sander, S. P.; Okumura, M.; VUV photoionization cross sections of HO2, H2O2, and H2CO, J. Phys. Chem. A; 2015, 119, 1279-1291,
  18. Hume, K. L.; Bayes, K. D.; Sander S. P.; The equilibrium constant for the reaction ClO + ClO = ClOOCl between 250 and 206 K., J. Phys. Chem. A; 2015, 119, 4473-4481.
  19. Wong, K. W.; Fu, D.; Pongetti, T. J.; Newman, S.; Kort, E. A.; Duren, R.; Hsu, Y-K.; Miller, C. E.; Yung, Y. L.; Sander, S. P.; Mapping CH4:CO2 ratios in Los Angeles, with simulated satellite remote sensing from Mount Wilson, California, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2015, 15, 241-252,
  20. J. B. Burkholder, S. P. Sander, J. Abbatt, J. R. Barker, R. E. Huie, C. E. Kolb, M. J. Kurylo, V. L. Orkin, D. M. Wilmouth, and P. H. Wine "Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies, Evaluation No. 18," JPL Publication 15-10, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, 2015


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