Skip Navigation

Stanley Sander

Stanley Sander's Photo


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-901

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

Click here

Member of:

Science Division
Earth Science

Chief Engineer

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)
    • 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

  • 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. He, L., Zeng, Z.-C., Pongetti, T. J., Wong, C., Liang, J., Gurney, K. R., Newman, S., Yadav, V., Verhulst, K., Miller, C. E., Duren, R., Frankenberg, C., Wennberg, P. O., Shia, R.-L., Yung, Y. L. and Sander, S.P .; Atmospheric methane emissions correlate with natural gas consumption from residential and commercial sectors in Los Angeles; Geophys. Res. Lett.; 2019, Geophysical Research Letters
  2. Hui, A. O., Okumura, M. and Sander, S.P ..; Temperature dependence of the reaction of chlorine atoms with CH3OH and CH3CHO; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2019, 123, 4964-4972,Temperature Dependence
  3. Winiberg, F. A. F., Percival, C. J. and Sander, S.P .; Quantification of nitric acid using photolysis induced fluorescence for use in chemical kinetic studies; Chem. Phys. Lett.; 2019,Quantification of Nitric Acid
  4. Hui, A. O., Fradet, M., Okumura, M. and Sander, S.P .; Temperature dependence study of the kinetics and product yields of the HO2 + CH3C(O)O2 reaction by direct detection of OH and HO2 radicals using 2f-IR wavelength modulation spectroscopy; J. Phys. Chem. A; 2019, ,Temperature Dependence
  5. Yadav, V., Duren, R., Mueller, K., Verhulst, K., Nehrkorn, T., Kim, J., Weiss, R., Keeling, R., Sander, S.P ., Fischer, M., Newman, S., Falk, M., Kuwayama, T., Hopkins, F., Rafiq, T., Whetstone, J. and Miller, C.; Spatio-temporally resolved methane fluxes from the Los Angeles Megacity; J. Geophys. Res-Atm.; 2019, Spatio-Temporally Resolved Methane
  6. Kuwayama, T., Charrier-Klobas, J. G., Chen, Y., Vizenor, N. M., Blake, D. R., Pongetti, T., Conley, S. A., Sander, S.P ., Croes, B., Herner, J. D.; Source apportionment of ambient methane enhancements in Los Angeles, California, to evaluate emission inventory estimates; Environ. Sci. Technol.; 2019, Source Apportionment
  7. Zeng, Z-C, Natraj, V., Xu, F., Pongetti, R. J., Shia, R-L, Kort, E. A., Toon, G. C., Sander, S.P . and Yung, Y. L.; Constraining aerosol vertical profile in the boundary layer using hyperspectral measurements of oxygen absorption; Geophys. Res. Lett.; 2018, Constraining Aerosol Vertical Profile
  8. Winiberg, F., Percival, C., Shannon, R., Khan, M., Anwar H., Liu, Y., Shallcross, D. and Sander, S.P .; Reaction kinetics of OH + HNO3 under conditions relevant to the Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.; 2018, 20, 24652-24664. Reaction Kinetics
  9. Webster, C. R., Mahaffy, P. R., Atreya, S. K., Moores, J. E., Sander, S.P . and 36 other authors; Background levels of methane in Mars' atmosphere show strong seasonal variations; Science, 2018, 360, 1093-1096. Background Levels of Methane
  10. Zhang, X and Sander, S. P.; Infrared absorption spectrum of phenanthrene in an argon matrix; Chem. Phys. Lett.; 2017, 688, 47-50.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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,
  17. 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,
  18. 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,
  19. 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,
  20. 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,