Christopher Miller

Lecturer

Research Associate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interest

 

Level 1: I use chemistry to better understand how we interact with our environment

Level 2: I study advanced oxidation processes in natural and engineered systems

Level 3: I develop mechanistic models of redox processes of relevance to both advanced oxidation processes and natural trace metal biogeochemistry in order to better understand their relevance in natural systems and to enhance their application to solve engineering problems.

 

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

To develop the skills needed to apply rigorous, technically sound solutions to real world problems

What are your research goals?

To further our mechanistic understanding of redox processes of relevance to natural systems and treatment processes to enable better evaluation of natural system function and to allow for meaningful assessment of our impact upon such systems.

What do people not understand about what you do?

Many processes are applied in practice without a real understanding of how they work at a fundamental level; however, developing this level of understanding allows for much more powerful application and improvement of existing technology.

Advice for prospective environmental engineers

Whilst we have come a long way in our understanding of how we interact with natural systems, the knowledge that awaits our discovery is enormous.

Looking for students for projects related to:

Biogeochemistry of iron and copper, including their use in advanced oxidation treatment processes and their potential role in natural organic matter transformations

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Graduate Member, Engineers Australia

Education

PhD/postgraduate

PhD (Environmental Engineering) University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; 2012

Undergraduate

B.E. (Environmental Engineering, Honours 1, University Medal) University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; 2007

B.Sc. (Chemistry) University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; 2007

publications

Journal articles
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Chen Y; Miller CJ; Collins RN; Waite TD, 2021, 'Key Considerations When Assessing Novel Fenton Catalysts: Iron Oxychloride (FeOCl) as a Case Study.', Environ Sci Technol, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c04370
2021
McPherson JN; Miller CJ; Wegeberg C; Chang Y; Hedegård ED; Bill E; Waite TD; McKenzie CJ, 2021, 'Cooperative Co-Activation of Water and Hypochlorite by a Non-Heme Diiron(III) Complex.', J Am Chem Soc, vol. 143, pp. 15400 - 15412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.1c07669
2021
Chen Y; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2021, 'Heterogeneous Fenton Chemistry Revisited: Mechanistic Insights from Ferrihydrite-Mediated Oxidation of Formate and Oxalate', Environmental Science and Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c00284
2021
Miller CJ; Chang Y; Wegeberg C; McKenzie CJ; Waite TD, 2021, 'Kinetic Analysis of H2O2Activation by an Iron(III) Complex in Water Reveals a Nonhomolytic Generation Pathway to an Iron(IV)oxo Complex', ACS Catalysis, vol. 11, pp. 787 - 799, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.0c02877
2021
Xing G; Garg S; Miller CJ; Pham AN; Waite TD, 2020, 'Effect of Chloride and Suwannee River Fulvic Acid on Cu Speciation: Implications to Cu Redox Transformations in Simulated Natural Waters', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, pp. 2334 - 2343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b06789
2020
He J; Miller CJ; Collins R; Wang D; Waite TD, 2020, 'Production of a Surface-Localized Oxidant during Oxygenation of Mackinawite (FeS)', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, pp. 1167 - 1176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b03975
2020
De Sousa DP; Yu JH; Miller CJ; Chang Y; McKenzie CJ; David Waite TT, 2019, 'Redox- And EPR-Active Graphene Diiron Complex Nanocomposite', Langmuir, vol. 35, pp. 12339 - 12349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01526
2019
Wu H; Wang Y; Ikeda-Ohno A; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2019, 'Impact of ferrous iron dosing on iron and phosphorus solids speciation and transformation in a pilot scale membrane bioreactor', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, vol. 5, pp. 1400 - 1411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9ew00225a
2019
Xing G; Miller CJ; Ninh Pham A; Jones AM; Waite TD, 2018, 'Oxidant Generation Resulting from the Interaction of Copper with Menadione (Vitamin K3)–a Model for Metal-mediated Oxidant Generation in Living Systems', Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, vol. 188, pp. 38 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2018.08.007
2018
Xing G; Pham AN; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2018, 'pH-dependence of production of oxidants (Cu(III) and/or HO) by copper-catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide under conditions typical of natural saline waters', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 232, pp. 30 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2018.04.016
2018
De Sousa DP; Miller CJ; Chang Y; Waite TD; McKenzie CJ, 2017, 'Electrochemically Generated cis-Carboxylato-Coordinated Iron(IV) Oxo Acid-Base Congeners as Promiscuous Oxidants of Water Pollutants', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 56, pp. 14936 - 14947, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02208
2017
Wang N; Miller CJ; Wang P; Waite TD, 2017, 'Quantitative determination of trace hydrogen peroxide in the presence of sulfide using the Amplex Red/horseradish peroxidase assay', Analytica Chimica Acta, vol. 963, pp. 61 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2017.02.033
2017
Garg S; Rong H; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2016, 'Chlorine-Mediated Regeneration of Semiconducting AgCl(s) Following Light-Induced Ag0 Formation: Implications to Contaminant Degradation', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 120, pp. 5988 - 5996, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11273
2016
Miller CJ; Rose AL; Waite TD, 2016, 'Importance of iron complexation for fenton-mediated hydroxyl radical production at circumneutral pH', Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00134
2016
Garg S; Rong H; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2016, 'Oxidative Dissolution of Silver Nanoparticles by Chlorine: Implications to Silver Nanoparticle Fate and Toxicity', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 50, pp. 3890 - 3896, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b00037
2016
Ma T; Garg S; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2015, 'Contaminant degradation by irradiated semiconducting silver chloride particles: Kinetics and modelling', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 446, pp. 351 - 357, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2014.11.069
2015
He D; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2014, 'Fenton-like zero-valent silver nanoparticle-mediated hydroxyl radical production', Journal of Catalysis, vol. 317, pp. 198 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2014.06.016
2014
Yu H; Miller CJ; Ikeda-Ohno A; Waite TD, 2014, 'Photodegradation of contaminants using Ag@AgCl/rGO assemblages: Possibilities and limitations', Catalysis Today, vol. 224, pp. 122 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2013.12.005
2014
Garg S; Ma T; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2014, 'Mechanistic insights into free chlorine and reactive oxygen species production on irradiation of semiconducting silver chloride particles', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, pp. 26659 - 26670, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp5068878
2014
Yuan X; Miller CJ; Pham AN; Waite TD, 2014, 'Kinetics and mechanism of auto- and copper-catalyzed oxidation of 1,4-naphthohydroquinone', Free Radical Biology and Medicine, vol. 71, pp. 291 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2014.03.021
2014
Boland DD; Collins RN; Miller CJ; Glover CJ; Waite TD, 2014, 'Effect of Solution and Solid-Phase Conditions on the Fe(II)-Accelerated Transformation of Ferrihydrite to Lepidocrocite and Goethite', Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 48, pp. 5477 - 5485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es4043275
2014
Garg S; Jiang C; Miller CJ; Rose AL; Waite TD, 2013, 'Iron redox transformations in continuously photolyzed acidic solutions containing natural organic matter: Kinetic and mechanistic insights', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 47, pp. 9190 - 9197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es401087q
2013
Yuan X; Pham AN; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2013, 'Copper-catalyzed hydroquinone oxidation and associated redox cycling of copper under conditions typical of natural saline waters', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 47, pp. 8355 - 8364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es4014344
2013
Miller CJ; Yu H; Waite TD, 2013, 'Degradation of rhodamine B during visible light photocatalysis employing Ag@AgCl embedded on reduced graphene oxide', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 435, pp. 147 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2013.01.014
2013
Rose AL; Miller CJ; Fujii M; Waite TD, 2011, 'Comment on "Application of a superoxide (O2-) thermal source (SOTS-1) for the determination and calibration of O2- fluxes in seawater" by Heller and Croot', Analytica Chimica Acta, vol. 702, pp. 144 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2011.05.022
2011
Conference Papers
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Miller CJ; Rose AL; Waite D, 2014, 'Influence of natural organic matter in the biogeochemistry of iron and associated generation of oxidative species', in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, San Francisco, CA, presented at 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Francisco, CA, 10 August 2014 - 14 August 2014, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000349167400127&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2014
Ma T; Garg S; Miller CJ; Waite TD, 2014, 'Photocatalytic degradation of contaminants by colloidal AgCl(s): Kinetic and mechanistic insights', in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, San Francisco, CA, presented at 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Francisco, CA, 10 August 2014 - 14 August 2014, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000349165103737&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2014
Yu H; Miller CJ; Ikeda-Ohno A; Waite TD, 2014, 'Photodegradation of contaminants using Ag@AgCl/rGO assemblages: Photo-corrosion and control', in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, San Francisco, CA, presented at 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Francisco, CA, 10 August 2014 - 14 August 2014, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000349165105481&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2014