Professor Miller has been interested in such things as scattering of molecular beams from single crystal surfaces to investigate surface properties and gas-surface chemistry, thin magnetic cluster films, friction at the molecular level, and the gas dynamics of supersonic free-jet expansions. Most recently his interests have been in supercritical fluids. These fluids exhibit liquid-like density and gas-like diffusivities, and are therefore good mixers, making them ideal for chemical reactions. Miller spent much of his time studying the fluid mechanics, physics and chemistry involved in supercritical fluid reactions.
David R. Miller received his BS (Chem Eng) from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D (Chem Eng) from Princeton University , before joining the faculty at UCSD in 1966 as an Assistant Professor in the AMES Department (now MAE). He has served as Chairman of AMES, as Acting Dean of Engineering, and as Associate Dean of Engineering. In 1997 he was appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Planning and Resources, and he served for two years as Acting Senior Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs. He has received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Outstanding Teacher and Service Award from Revelle College, and the Chancellor's Associates UCSD Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa.
•Tepper, G., and D. Miller, “Coherent Scattering of the Hydrogen Dimer from a LiF Crystal”, J.
Chem. Phys., 98 (1993), 9585-9594
•Maharrey, S., and D. Miller, “ A Direct Sampling Mass Spectrometer Investigation of Oxidation Mechanisms for Acetic Acid in Supercritical Water” ,J. Phys. Chem.A, 105 (2001), 5860-5867
•Khalil, I., and D. Miller “The Structure of Supercritical Fluid Free-Jet Expansions”; AIChE J., 50 (2004), 2697-2704
•DeDea,S., D. Miller, and R. Continetti, ”Growth of Nanoscale Magnetic Films Using a Supercritical CO/Ferric Acetylacetonate Batch Process Near Room Temperature”, J. Phys. Chem. C. 112 (2008), 17102-17108
•DeDea,S., D. Miller, and R. Continetti, “Cluster and Solute Velocity Distributions in Free-Jet Expansions of Supercritical CO” , J. Phys. Chem. A. 113 (2009),399-398
•Knuth, E., D. R. Miller, and U. Even, "The Roles of the Binodal Curve and the Spinodal Curve in Expansions from the Supercritical State with Flashing" in Proc of the 29th Int. Sym. on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, edited by Jing Fan, AIP, Melville, NY (2014), 555-562.