Dr Christopher Miller

Dr Christopher Miller

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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



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


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

Vallentine Annexe (H22) Level 1, Room VA133A Kensington Campus
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Squitieri A; Amicone S; Dinckal A; Altaweel M; Gur-Arieh S; Rohde J; Herr J-J; Pietsch S; Miller C, 2022, 'A Multi-Method Study of a Chalcolithic Kiln in the Bora Plain (Iraqi Kurdistan): The Evidence From Excavation, Micromorphological and Pyrotechnological Analyses', Open Archaeology, vol. 8, pp. 853 - 872, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/opar-2022-0265
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2019
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2017
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2015
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2014
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2013
    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
    Journal articles | 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