Team Details

Personal Information

  • Name:
    Prof. Alexander Miller
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  • University:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Personal Statement:
    The Miller group is interested in the design and development of new molecular catalysts that interact with external stimuli to achieve controllable catalysis.
Research Description:

Alexander J. M. Miller is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He obtained his BS at the University of Chicago in 2005 (working with Prof. Greg Hillhouse), and his PhD at the California Institute of Technology in 2011 (working with Profs. John Bercaw and Jay Labinger). After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle (working with Profs. Karen Goldberg and Jim Mayer), Alex joined the faculty at UNC in 2012. His research group uses the synthetic and mechanistic tools of organometallic chemistry to develop tailored catalysts for sustainable chemical synthesis and alternative energy applications.

Representative Papers:

Farquhar, A. H.; Brookhart, M.; Miller, A. J. M. “Oligomerization and Polymerization of 5-ethylidene-2-norbornene by Cationic Palladium and Nickel Catalysts.” Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 2576-258

Smith, J. B.; Camp, A. M.; Farquhar, A. H.; Kerr, S. H.; Chen, C.; Miller, A. J. M. “Organometallic Elaboration as a Strategy for Tuning the Supramolecular Characteristics of Aza-Crown Ethers.” Organometallics 2019, 38, 4392-4398.

Yoo, C,; Dodge, H.; Miller, A. J. M. “Cation-Controlled Catalysis with Crown Ether-Containing Transition Metal Complexes.” Chem. Comm. 2019, 55, 5047-5059.

Smith, J. B.; Kerr, S. H.; White, P. S.; Miller, A. J. M. “Thermodynamic Studies of Cation–Macrocycle Interactions in Nickel Pincer–Crown Ether Complexes Enable Switchable Ligation.” Organometallics 2017, 36, 3094-3103.

Kita, M. R.; Miller, A . J. M. “An Ion-Responsive Pincer-Crown Ether Catalyst System for Rapid and Switchable Olefin Isomerization.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 5498-5502