Publications 2001-Present  


Su, Y.-K.; Coxwell, C. M.; Shen, S.; Miller, S. A. “Polyvinyl alcohol modification with sustainable ketones” Polym. Chem., 2021, Advance Article


George, S.; Seepaul, R.; Geller, D.; Dwivedi, P.; DiLorenzo, N.; Altman, R.; Coppola, E.; Miller, S. A.; Bennett, R.; Johnston, G.; Streit, L.; Csonka, S.; Field, J.; Marois, J.; Wright, D.; Small, I.; Philippidis, G. P. “A regional inter-disciplinary partnership focusing on the development of a carinata-centered bioeconomy” GCB Bioenergy, 2021, 13, 1018–1029.


Veith, C.; Florian Diot-Néant, F.; Miller, S. A.; Allais, F. “Synthesis and polymerization of bio-based acrylates: a review” Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 7452–7470.
Selected for the Polymer Chemistry cover graphic:


Torgunrud, J. L.; Faria, A. J.; Miller, S. A. “Thermodynamics of silica depolymerization with alcohols” Polyhedron, 2020, 187, 114562.


Diot-Néant, F.; Mouterde, L.; Fadlallah, S.; Miller, S. A.; Allais, F. “Sustainable Synthesis and Polycondensation of Levoglucosenone-Cyrene-Based Bicyclic Diol Monomer: Access to Renewable Polyesters” ChemSusChem, 2020, 13, 2613–2620.
Designated Very Important Paper
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News Article in ChemistryViews:


Pemba, A. G.; Miller, S. A. “Acetal Metathesis:  Mechanistic Insight” Synlett, 2019, 30, 1971-1976.
Published as part of the Cluster Metathesis beyond Olefins
Qualified for the Synlett Best Paper Award competition
Selected for the Cover of Synlett: synlett_cover_2019_17.pdf


Miller, S. A. “SPARC Research Looks Beyond Fuels from Carinata” SPARC Plug, May, 2019.


Nsengiyumva, O.; Miller, S. A. “Synthesis, characterization, and water-degradation of biorenewable polyesters derived from natural camphoric acid” Green Chem., 2019, 21, 973-978.


Diot-Neant, F.; Rastoder, E.; Miller, S. A.; Allais, F. “Chemo-enzymatic synthesis and free radical polymerization of renewable acrylate monomers from cellulose-based lactones” ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2018, 6, 17284–17293.


Short, G. N.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Scheurle, P. I.; Miller, S. A. “Aromatic Polyesters from Biosuccinic Acid” Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 4113-4119.


Moura, H. M.; Gibbons, N. L.; Miller, S. A.; Pastore, H. O. “2D-aluminum-modified solids as simultaneous support and cocatalyst for in situ polymerizations of olefins” Journal of Catalysis, 2018, 362, 129-145.


Nguyen, H. T. H.; Qi, P.; Rostagno, M.; Feteha, A.; Miller, S. A. “The quest for high glass transition temperature bioplastics” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 9298-9331.
2018 Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers
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Moura, H. M.; Gibbons, N. L.; Miller, S. A.; Pastore, H. O. “Tailoring 2D and 3D molecular sieves structures for polyolefin composites: do all roads lead to remarkable performances?” Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 3128-3143.


Rostagno, M.; Shen, S.; Ghiviriga, I.; Miller, S. A. “Sustainable polyvinyl acetals from bioaromatic aldehydes” Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 5049-5059.
This article is part of the themed collection: Pioneering Investigators


Nguyen, H. T. H.; Short, G. N.; Qi, P.; Miller, S. A. “Copolymerization of lactones and bioaromatics via concurrent ring-opening polymerization/polycondensation” Green Chem., 2017, 19, 1877-1888.
2017 Green Chemistry Hot Article:
Green Chemistry Journal Cover:


Qi, P.; Chen, H.-L.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Lin, C.-C.; Miller, S. A. “Synthesis of Biorenewable and Water-Degradable Polylactam Esters from Itaconic Acid” Green Chem., 2016, 18, 4170-4175.
Back Cover Graphic for Green Chemistry, 2016, Issue 15


Rostagno, M.; Price, E. J.; Pemba, A. G.; Ghiriviga, I.; Abboud, K. A.; Miller, S. A. “Sustainable polyacetals from erythritol and bioaromatics” J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2016, 133, 44089.


Sahmetlioglu, E.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Nsengiyumva, O.; Göktürk, E.; Miller, S. A. “Silicon Acetal Metathesis Polymerization” ACS Macro Lett. 2016, 5, 466-470.


Zhang, Z.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Miller, S. A.; Ploskonka, A. M.; DeCoste, J. B.; Cohen, S. M. “polyMOFs as Water Tolerant Materials for Selective Carbon Dioxide Separations” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 920-925.


Nguyen, H. T. H.; Reis, M. H.; Qi, P.; Miller, S. A. “Polyethylene ferulate (PEF) and congeners: polystyrene mimics derived from biorenewable aromatics”, Green Chem. 2015, 17, 4512-4517.
Cover graphic for the September 2015 issue of Green Chemistry


Zakrzewska, S.; Komber, H.; Häussler, L.; Miller, S. A.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Voit, B.; Schulze, U. “Controlled homo- and copolymerization of propene and 1-undecene catalyzed by post-metallocenes”, Eur. Polymer J. 2015, 70, 104-117.


Nejabat, G.-R.; Nekoomanesh, M.; Arabi, H.; Salehi-Mobarakeh, H.; Zohuri, G.-H.; Mortazavi, S. M. M.; Ahmadjo, S.; Miller, S. A. “Study of Ziegler-Natta/(2-PhInd)2ZrCl2 hybrid catalysts performance in slurry propylene polymerization”, Polyolefins Journal 2015, 2, 73-87.


Nguyen, H. T. H.; Suda, E. R.; Bradic, E. M.; Hvozdovich, J. A.; Miller, S. A. “Polyesters from Bio-Aromatics”, ACS Symposium Series,Green Polymer Chemistry III: Biobased Materials and Biocatalysis, eds. H. N. Cheng, R. Gross, and P. Smith 2015, Vol. 1192, Chapter 24, 401–409.


Zhang, Z.; Nguyen, H. T. H.; Miller, S. A.; Cohen, S. M. “polyMOFs: A Class of Interconvertible Polymer-Metal-Organic-Framework Hybrid Materials”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 6152–6157.
Angewandte Chemie Frontispiece Graphic:
Chemistry World Research Editorial “Floppy polymer defies convention to form rigid framework”, by Simon Hadlington, April 30, 2015.
Chemical & Engineering News Research Editorial “MOFs Made From Flexible Polymers Buck Conventional Wisdom”, by Mitch Jacoby, May 7, 2015.


Göktürk, E; Pemba, A. G.; Miller, S. A. “Polyglycolic acid from the direct polymerization of renewable C1 feedstocks”, Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 3918-3925.
Polymer Chemistry Inside Front Cover:


Miller, S. A. “Are Polyolefins Really Cheaper than Sustainable Alternatives?”, Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog, December 3, 2014, American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.


Martin, R. T.; Camargo, L. P.; Miller, S. A. “Marine-Degradable Polylactic Acid”, Green Chem. 2014, 16 1768–1773.
Cover graphic for the April 2014 issue of Green Chemistry


Pemba, A. G.; Rostagno, M.; Lee, T. A.; Miller, S. A. “Cyclic and spirocyclic polyacetal ethers from lignin-based aromatics”, Polym. Chem. 2014, 5, 3214-3221.


Miller, S. A. “Sustainable polymers: replacing polymers derived from fossil fuels” (Editorial for Special Issue), Polym. Chem. 2014, 5, 3117–3118.


Garcia, J. J.; Miller, S. A. “Polyoxalates from Biorenewable Diols via Oxalate Metathesis Polymerization”, Polym. Chem. 2014, 5, 955-961.
RSC Polymer Chemistry Blog, Paper of the Week


Miller, S. A. “Degradable Biopolymers”, Chemistry & Industry Magazine 2013, 7, 20-23.


Miller, S. A. “Sustainable Polymers: Opportunities for the Next Decade” (Viewpoint), ACS Macro Lett. 2013, 2, 550–554.
Journal Cover for ACS Macro Letters


Madkour, T. M.; Salem, S. A.; Miller, S. A. “The role of the deformational entropy in the miscibility of polymer blends investigated using a hybrid statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics model” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 5982-5991.


Chai, J.; Abboud, K. A.; Miller, S. A. “Sterically expanded CGC catalysts: Substituent effects on ethylene and alpha-olefin polymerization” Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 9139-9147.


Vanderhenst, R.; Miller, S. A. “Polycarbonates from Biorenewable Diols via Carbonate Metathesis Polymerization” Green Materials 2013, 1, 64-78.


Pemba, A. G.; Flores, J. A; Miller, S. A. “Acetal Metathesis Polymerization (AMP): A method for synthesizing biorenewable polyacetals” Green Chemistry 2013, 15, 325–329.


Nejabat, G. R.; Nekoomanesh, M.; Arabi, H.; Salehi-Mobarakeh, H.; Zohuri, G. H.; Omidvar, M.; Miller, S. A. “Synthesis and Microstructural Study of Stereoblock Elastomeric Polypropylenes from Metallocene Catalyst (2-PhInd)2ZrCl2 Activated with Cocatalyst Mixtures” J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 724–731.


Nejabat, G. R.; Nekoomanesh, M.; Arabi, H.; Salehi-Mobarakeh, H.; Zohuri, G. H.; Omidvar, M.; Miller, S. A. “Synthesis of Stereoblock Elastomeric Poly(propylene)s Using a (2-PhInd)2ZrCl2 Metallocene Catalyst in the Presence of Co-Catalyst Mixtures, 1–Study of Activity and Molecular Weight” Macromol. React. Eng. 2012, 6, 523–529.


Chen, H.-Y.; Mialon, L.; Abboud, K. A.; Miller, S. A. "Comparative Study of Lactide Polymerization with Lithium, Sodium, Magnesium, and Calcium Complexes of BHT" Organometallics 2012, 31, 5252–5261.


Zohuri, G.H.; Albahily, K.; Schwerdtfeger, E.D.; Miller, S.A. Metallocene Alkene Polymerization Catalysts, In Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, Vol. 3; Matyjaszewski, K.; Möller, M., Eds.-in-Chief; Elsevier: Amsterdam, 2012; pp. 673-231.


Mialon, L.; Vanderhenst, R.; Pemba, A. G.; Miller, S. A. "Polyalkylenehydroxybenzoates (PAHBs): Biorenewable Aromatic/Aliphatic Polyesters from Lignin" Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 32, 1386-1392.
Journal Cover for Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Story written for Materials Views
     Plastic from the Wood: Environmentally Friendly Packaging


Chen, H.-Y.; Peng, Y.-L.; Huang, T.-H.; Sutar, A. K.; Miller, S. A.; Lin, C.-C. "Comparative study of lactide polymerization by zinc alkoxide complexes with a beta-diketiminato ligand bearing different substituents" J. Mol. Cat. A: Chem. 2011, 339, 61-71.


Mialon, L.; Pemba, A. G.; Miller, S. A. "Biorenewable polyethylene terephthalate mimics derived from lignin and acetic acid" Green Chem. 2010, 12, 1704-1706.
Cover graphic for the October 2010 issue of Green Chemistry
Story written for Highlights in Chemical Science
     Wood mimics packaging polymer
Story written for Fast Company
     Wanted: Sustainable, Cheap Alternatives to Cotton
Story written for Science for Environment Policy
DG Environment News Alert Service, European Commission

     New fossil fuel-free plastic made of wood


Schwerdtfeger, E. D.; Price, C. J.; Chai, J.; Miller, S. A. "Tandem Catalyst System for Linear Low Density Polyethylene with Short and Long Branching" Macromolecules 2010, 43, 4838-4842.


Ogle, J. W.; Miller, S. A. "Electronically tunable N-heterocyclic carbene ligands: 1,3-diaryl vs. 4,5-diaryl substitution" Chem. Commun. 2009, 5728-5730.


Martin, R. T.; Miller, S. A. "Factors Inhibiting the Alkyl-Branch Plasticization of Polyoxymethylene" Macromol. Symp. 2009, 279, 72–78.


Sun, L.; Liu, J.; Kirumakki, S. R.; Schwerdtfeger, E. D.; Howell, R. J.; Al-Bahily, K.; Miller, S. A.; Clearfield, A.; Sue, H.-J. "Polypropylene Nanocomposites Based on Designed Synthetic Nanoplatelets" Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 1154-1161.


Price, C. J.; Chen, H.-Y.; Launer, L. M.; Miller, S. A. "Weakly Coordinating Cations as Alternatives to Weakly Coordinating Anions" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 956-959.
Selected by the editors as a *Hot Paper*
Inside cover graphic for Angewandte Chemie, 2009, issue 5


Ruebush, L. E.; Grossman, E. L.; Miller, S. A.; North, S. W.; Schielack, J. F.; Simanek, E. E. “Scientists’ Perspective on Introducing Authentic Inquiry to High School Teachers During an Intensive Three-Week Summer Professional Development Experience” School Science and Mathematics 2009, 109(3), 162–174.


Ogle, J. W.; Zhang, J.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Abboud, K. A.; Miller, S. A. "Synthesis of Electronically Diverse Tetraarylimidazolylidene Carbenes via Catalytic Aldimine Coupling" Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 3677-3680.


Price, C. J.; Zeits, P. D.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Octamethyloctahydrodibenzofluorenyl: Electronic Comparisons Between a Sterically Expanded Ligand and its Cyclopentadienyl Analogues" Organometallics 2008, 27, 3722-3727.


Schwerdtfeger, E. D.; Irwin, L. J.; Miller, S. A. "Highly Branched Polyethylene from Ethylene Alone via a Single Zirconium-Based Catalyst" Macromolecules 2008, 41, 1080-1085.


Ilg, A. D.; Price, C. J.; Miller, S. A. "Linear Low Density Polyoxymethylene versus Linear Low Density Polyethylene Macromolecules" Macromolecules 2007, 40, 7739-7741.


Chen, H.-Y.; Zhang, J.; Lin, C.-C.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Efficient and controlled polymerization of lactide under mild conditions with a sodium-based catalyst" Green Chem. 2007, 9, 1038-1040.


Miller, S. A. "Insertion versus Site Epimerization with Singly-Bridged and Doubly-Bridged Metallocene Polymerization Catalysts" J. Organomet. Chem. 2007, 692, 4708-4716.


Schwerdtfeger, E. D.; Miller, S. A. "Intrinsic Branching Effects in Syndiotactic Copolymers of Propylene and Higher alpha-Olefins" Macromolecules 2007, 40, 5662-5668.


Irwin, L. J.; Zeits, P. D.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Diffuse Diffraction from Parallel/Antiparallel Metallocene Pillars" Organometallics 2007, 26, 1129-1133.


Price, C. J.; Irwin, L. J.; Aubry, D. A.; Miller, S. A. "Fluorenyl Containing Catalysts for Stereoselective Propylene Polymerization" in Stereoselective Polymerization with Single Site Catalysts; Canich, J. M.; Baugh, L. S., Eds.; CRC Press, 2007, pp. 37-82, ISBN: 1574445790.


Grill, J. M.; Ogle, J. W.; Miller, S. A. "An Efficient and Practical System for the Catalytic Oxidation of Alcohols, Aldehydes, and alpha,beta-Unsaturated Carboxylic Acids" J. Org. Chem. 2006, 71, 9291-9296.


Price, C. J.; Reich, B. J. E.; Miller, S. A. "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Considerations in the Copolymerization of Ethylene and Carbon Dioxide" Macromolecules 2006, 39, 2751-2756.


Miller, S. A. "Application of the S2∞ and C point groups for the prediction of polymer chirality" Chem. Commun. 2006, 862-864.


Reich, B. J. E.; Greenwald, E. E.; Justice, A. K.; Beckstead, B. T.; Reibenspies, J. H.; North, S. W.; Miller, S. A. "Ene-diamine versus Imine-amine Isomeric Preferences" J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 8409-8416.


Greenwald, E. E.; Park, J.; Anderson, K. C.; Kim, H.; Reich, B. J. E.; Miller, S. A.; Zhang, R.; North, S. W. "The OH-Initiated Oxidation of 1,3-Butadiene in the Presence of O2 and NO: A Photolytic Route To Study Isomeric Selective Reactivity" J. Phys. Chem. A 2005, 109, 7915-7922.


Irwin, L. J.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Synthesis and characterization of sterically expanded ansa1-fluorenyl-amido complexes" Polyhedron 2005, 24, 1314-1324. Special issue: Ansa Metallocenes and Related Compounds.


Irwin, L. J.; Miller, S. A. "Unprecedented Syndioselectivity and Syndiotactic Polyolefin Melting Temperature: Polypropylene and Poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) from a Highly Active, Sterically Expanded η1-Fluorenyl-η1-Amido Zirconium Complex" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 9972-9973.


Grill, J. M.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Racemic and chiral expanded salen-type complexes derived from biphenol and binaphthol: Salbip and salbin" J. Organomet. Chem. 2005, 690, 3009-3017.


Irwin, L. J.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "A Sterically Expanded “Constrained Geometry Catalyst” for Highly Active Olefin Polymerization and Copolymerization: An Unyielding Comonomer Effect" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 16716-16717.


Miller, S. A. "Isotactic Block Length Distribution in Polypropylene: Bernoullian vs. Hemiisotactic" Macromolecules 2004, 37, 3983-3995.


Reich, B. J. E.; Justice, A. K.; Beckstead, B. T.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Miller, S. A. "Cyanide-Catalyzed Cyclizations via Aldimine Coupling" J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 1357-1359.



Miller, S. A.; Mialon, L. "Poly(dihydroferulic acid): A biorenewable polyethylene terephthalate mimic derived from lignin and acetic acid and Copolymers Thereof" U.S. Patent 9,624,340, 2017 (University of Florida).


Polyglycolic acid and copolymers thereof from C1 Feedstocks. Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Alexander G. Pemba, Ersen Gokturk. U.S. Patent 9,303,118; Priority Date March 8th, 2012; Publication Date April 5, 2016. (University of Florida).


Acetal Metathesis Polymerization. Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Alexander G. Pemba. U.S. Patent 9,217,058; Priority Date March 24th, 2011; Publication Date December 22, 2015. (University of Florida).


Miller, S. A.; Mialon, L. "Poly(dihydroferulic acid): A biorenewable polyethylene terephthalate mimic derived from lignin and acetic acid and Copolymers Thereof" U.S. Patent 9,080,011, 2015 (University of Florida).


Miller, S. A.; Martin, R. T "Polyesteracetals" U.S. Patent 8,653,226, 2014 (University of Florida).


Miller, S. A.; Irwin, L. J. "Novel Catalyst Systems for High Activity and Stereoselectivity in the Homopolymerization and Copolymerization of Olefins" U.S. Patent 7,214,749, 2007 (Texas A&M University).


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Catalyst System for the Polymerization of Alkenes to Polyolefins" U.S. Patent 6,693,153, 2004 (California Institute of Technology).


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Catalyst System for the Polymerization of Alkenes to Polyolefins" U.S. Patent 6,469,188, 2002 (California Institute of Technology).

Postdoctoral Publications with R. R. Schrock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Schrock, R. R.; Jamieson, J. Y.; Dolman, S. J.; Miller, S. A.; Bonitatebus, P. J.; Hoveyda, A. H. "New Chiral Molybdenum Catalysts for Asymmetric Olefin Metathesis that Contain 3,3’-Disubstituted Octahydrobinaphtholate or 2,6-Dichlorophenylimido Ligands" Organometallics 2002, 21, 409-417.

Graduate Publications with J. E. Bercaw at the California Institute of Technology


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Mechanism of Isotactic Polypropylene Formation with C1-symmetric Metallocene Catalysts" Organometallics 2006, 25, 3576-3592.


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Highly Stereoregular Syndiotactic Polypropylene Formation with Metallocene Catalysts via Influence of Distal Ligand Substituents" Organometallics 2004, 23, 1777-1789.


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Isotactic-Hemiisotactic Polypropylene from C1-Symmetric, ansa-Metallocene Catalysts: A New Strategy for the Synthesis of Elastomeric Polypropylene" Organometallics 2002, 21, 934-945.


Miller, S. A.; Bercaw, J. E. "Aminofluorenyl-Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl and Bis(aminofluorenyl) Derivatives of Group 4 Metals Organometallics" Organometallics 2000, 19, 5608-5613.

Undergraduate Publications with R. M. Waymouth at Stanford University

Miller, S. A.; Waymouth, R. M. "Stereo- and Enantioselective Polymerization of Olefins with Homogeneous Ziegler-Natta Catalysts" in Ziegler Catalysts, Recent Scientific Innovations and Technological Improvements; Fink, G.; Mülhaupt, R.; Brintzinger, H.-H., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, 1995, pp. 441-454.
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