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Stanley Sander

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-901

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Science Division

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)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Senior Research Scientist (1996-Present)
    • Chief Engineer, Science Division (2019-2022)
    • 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

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

Selected Awards

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 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. Löw, B. A., Kleinschek, R., Enders, V., Sander, S. P., Pongetti, T. J., Schmitt, T. D., Hase, F., Kostinek, J. and Butz, A.; A portable reflected-sunlight spectrometer for CO2 and CH4; Atmos. Meas. Tech.; 2023, 16, 5125-5244 [link]
  2. Zuraski, K., Grieman, F. J., Hui, A. O., Cowen, J., Winiberg, F. A. F., Percival, C. J., Okumura, M. and Sander, S. P.; Acetonyl peroxy and hydroperoxy self- and cross-reactions: temperature-dependent kinetic parameters, branching fractions, and chaperone effects; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2023, 127, 7772-7792 [link]
  3. Zeng, Z-C, Pongetti, T., Newman, S., Oda, T., Gurney, K., Palmer, P. I., Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S. P.; Decadal decrease in Los Angeles methane emissions is much smaller than bottom-up estimates; Nature Communications; 2023, 14, [link]
  4. Rosch, D., Jones, G. H., Almedia, R., Caravan, R. L., Hui, A., Ray, A. W., Percival, C. J., Sander, S. P., Smarte, M. D., Winiberg, F. A. F., Okumura, M. and Osborn, D. L.; Conformer-dependent chemistry: experimental product branching of the vinyl alcohol + OH + O2 reaction; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2023, 127, 3221-3230 [link]
  5. Mertens, L. A., Winiberg, F. A. F., Allen, H. M., Sander, S. P. and Okumura, M.; Yields of HONO2 and HOONO products from the reaction HO2 and NO using pulsed laser photolysis and mid-infrared cavity-ringdown spectroscopy; J. Phys, Chem. A; 2022, 126, 7342-7360 [link]
  6. Zeng, Z.C., Addington, O., Pongetti, T., Herman, R. L., Sung K. Y., Newman, S., Schneider, A., Borsdorff, R., Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S. P.; Remote sensing of atmospheric HDO/H2O in southern California from CLARS-FTS; J. Quant. Spectrosc. Rad. Transfer, 2022, 288, [link]
  7. Natraj, V., Luo, M., Blavier, J-F, Payne, V. H., Posselt, D. J., Sander, S. P., Zeng, Z-C, Neu, J. L., Tremblay, D., Wu, L., Roman, J. A., Wu, Y-H and Dorsky, L. I.; Simulated multispectral temperature and atmospheric composition retrievals for the JPL GEO-IR sounder; Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2022, 15, 1251-1267 [link]
  8. Zhang, X., Berkinsky, D., Markus, C. R., Chitturi, S. R., Grieman, F. J., Okumura, M., Luo, Y., Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S. P.; Reaction of methane and UV-activated perchlorate: Relevance to heterogeneous loss of methane in the atmosphere of Mars; Icarus; 2022, 376, 114832 [link]
  9. Li, K. F., Khoury, R., Pongetti, T. J., Sander, S. P., Mills, F. P. and Yung, Y. L.; Diurnal variability of stratospheric column NO2 measured using direct solar and lunar spectra over Table Mountain, California (34.38 degrees N); Atmos. Meas. Tech.; 2021, 14, 7495-7510 [link]
  10. Laughner, J. L., Neu, J. L., Schimel, D., Wennberg, P.O., ……., Sander, S. P.; Societal shifts due to COVID-19 reveal large-scale complexities and feedbacks between atmospheric chemistry and climate change; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci; 2021, 118 [link]
  11. Zeng, Z-C, Natraj, V., Xu, F., Chen, S., Gong, F-Y, Pongetti, T. J., Sung, K., Toon, G., Sander, S. P. and Yung, Y. L.; GFIT3: A full physics retrieval algorithm for remote sensing of greenhouse gases in the presence of aerosols; Atmos. Meas. Tech.; 2021, 14, 6483-6507 [link]
  12. Choi, M., Sander, S. P., Spurr, R. J. D., Pongetti, T. J., van Harten, G., Drouin, B. J., Diner, D. J., Crisp, D., Eldering, A., Kalashnikova, O. V., Jiang, J. H., Hyon, J. J. and Fu, D.; Aerosol profiling using radiometric and polarimetric spectral measurements in the O2 near infrared bands: Estimation of information content and measurement uncertainties; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2021, 253, 112179 [link]
  13. Yang, J., Wen, Y., Wang, Y., Zhang, S., Pinto, J. P., Pennington, E. A., Wang, Z., Wu, Y., Sander, S. P., Jiang, J. H., Hao, J., Yung, Y. L. and Seinfeld, J. H.; From COVID-19 to future electrification: Assessing traffic impacts on air quality by a machine-learning model; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci; 2021, 118 [link]
  14. Addington, O., Zeng, Z-C, Pongetti, R., Shia, R-L, Gurney, K. R., Liang, J, Roest, G., He, L., Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S. P.; Estimating nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions for the Los Angeles megacity using mountaintop remote sensing observations; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2021, 259, 112351 [link]
  15. Winiberg, F. A. F., Zuraski, K., Liu, Y., Sander, S. P. and Percival, C. J.; Pressure and temperature dependencies of rate coefficients for the reaction OH + NO2 + M ® products; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2020, 124, 10121-10131 [link]
  16. Zuraski, K., Hui, A. O., Grieman, F. J., Darby, E., Møller, K. H., Winiberg, F. A. F., Percival, C. J., Smarte, M. D., Okumura, M., Kjaergaard, H. G. and Sander, S. P.; Acetonyl peroxy and hydro peroxy self- and cross-reactions: kinetics, mechanism, and chaperone enhancement from the perspective of the hydroxyl radical product; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2020, 124, 8128-8143 [link]
  17. Wang, S., Li, K-F, Zhu, D., Sander, S. P., Yung, Y. L., Pazmino, A. and Querel, R.; Solar 11-Year cycle signal in stratospheric nitrogen dioxide—similarities and discrepancies between model and NDACC observations; Solar Phys.; 2020, 295 [link]
  18. Zeng, Z-C, Wang, Y., Pongetti, T. J., Gong, F-Y, Newman, S., Li, Y., Natraj, V., Shia, R-L, Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S. P.; Tracking the atmospheric pulse of a North American megacity from a mountaintop remote sensing observatory; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2020, 248 [link]
  19. Cusworth, D. H., Duren, R. M., Yadav, V., Thorpe, A. K., Verhulst, K., Sander, S., Hopkins, F., Rafiq, T. and Miller, C. E.; Synthesis of methane observations across scales: strategies for deploying a multitiered observing network; Geophys. Res. Lett.;2020 [link]
  20. Zeng, Z-C, Xu, F., Natraj, V., Pongetti, T. J., Shia, R-L, Zhang, Q., Sander, S. P. and Yung, Y. L.; Remote sensing of angular scattering effect of aerosols in a North American megacity; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2020, [link]
  21. Wang, J., Zhou, M., Xu, X., Roudini, S., Sander, S. P., Pongetti, T. J., Miller, S. D., Reid, J. S., Hyer, E. and Spurr, R.; Development of a nighttime shortwave radiative transfer model for remote sensing of nocturnal aerosols and fires from VIIRS; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2020, 242 [link]
  22. Zeng, Z. C., Chen, S., Natraj, V., Le, T., Xu, F., Merrelli, A., Crisp, D., Sander, S. P. and Yung, Y. L.; Constraining the vertical distribution of coastal dust aerosol using OCO-2 O2 A-band measurements; Remote Sensing of Environment; 2020, 242 [link]