Prof. Alexander Miller


Alexander Miller is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). After receiving a BS in Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 2005 (working with Prof. Greg Hillhouse), he obtained his PhD at the California Institute of Technology in 2011 (working with Profs. John Bercaw and Jay Labinger). After postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington, Seattle working with Profs. Karen Goldberg and James Mayer, Alex joined the faculty at UNC in 2012. His research group takes a mechanism-guided approach to the design of catalysts for sustainable synthesis.


1.Camp, A.; Kita, M.; Blackburn, P. T.; Dodge, H.; Chen, C.H.; Miller, A.J.M. “Selecting Double Bond Positions with a Single Cation-Responsive Iridium Olefin Isomerization Catalyst.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 2792-2800.

2.Dodge, H. M.; Kita, M. R.; Chen, C.; Miller, A.J.M. “Identifying and Evading Olefin Isomerization Deactivation Pathways Resulting from Ion-Tunable Hemilability.” ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 13019-13030.

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

4.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.