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Dept. Chemistry & Biochemistry

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California

Phone: (818) 677-3381
Fax: (818) 677-4068

Office: 2102 Eucalyptus Hall

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

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David A. Miller

David A. Miller


Department of Chemistry
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California, 91330-8262

telephone: (818) 677-2492
fax: (818) 677-4068

Office: Citrus Hall 3310


  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1970
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1976


  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Technical University, Munich, 1977-78



Radiochemistry and Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Miller's research interests include radionuclide production, trace element analysis, activation analysis and gamma-ray spectrometry. Recent graduate students have worked on the development of a new radionuclide generator for use in nuclear medicine, and the analysis of bottled drinking water and brines from the Great Salt Lake using ICP-MS. See, for example:

  1. "Separation of Radiotellurium from Proton-Irradiated Antimony Targets," Radiochim. Acta (1993) 60, 69, D. A. Miller, S. Sun and S. Smithbauer.
  2. "Cross Sections of natSb (p x) Reactions for 30-46 MeV Protons," Appl. Radiat. Isot. (1992) 43 (9), 1103, J. H. Yi and D. A. Miller.
  3. "Preparation of a 118Te/118Sb Radionuclide Generator," J. Radioanal. and Nucl. Chem. (1992) 160 (2), 467, D. A. Miller, S. Sun and J. Yi.
  1. The Study of Precursors of Photographic Coatings and the Effect of Aging Using ATR-FTIR, (2008) J. Lu.
  2. Analysis of Bottled Drinking Water and Great Salt Lake Brines Using Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry, (2003) Y. Chaudhry.
  3. Development of a Radionuclide Generator Based on 118Te/118Sb, (1995) D. Downs.
  4. Development of a New Radionuclide Generator Based on 118Te/118Sb, (1991) S. Sun.
  5. Determination of Excitation Functions of natSb(p,x) Reactions for 30-46 Mev Protons (1990) J. H. Yi.

Recently, Dr. Miller has collaborated with the Getty Conservation Institute on projects involving; use of radiolabeled compounds to measure residues left by cleaning agents on the surface of oil paintings and other art; and use of NAA and ICP-MS to analyze 14th century glass. He is currently involved with the analysis of photographs and photographic emulsions using NAA, ICP-MS and ATR-FTIR. See, for example:

  1. "Scientific Investigation of Surface Cleaning Processes: Quantitative Study of Gel Residues on Porous and Topographically Complex Surfaces," in 13th Triennel Meeting Rio de Janeiro, 22-27 September 2002, Preprints, ed. R. Vontobel, 245-51, ICOM - Committee for Conservation, London: James and James, D. Stulik, H. Khanjian, V. Dorge, A. de Tagle, J. Maish, B. Considine, D. Miller and N. Khandekar.
  2. "Surface Cleaning: Quantitative Study of Gel Residue on Cleaned Paint Surfaces," in Tradition and Innovation: Advances in Conservation, Contributions to the Melbourne Congress, 10-14 October 2000, 188-94, London: International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, D. Stulik, V. Dorge, H. Khanjian, N. Khandekar, A. de Tagle, D. Miller, R. Wolbers and J. Carlson.
Dr. Miller is also very involved in chemistry curriculum development. He has spearheaded a major revision of the analytical chemistry program at CSUN, developed a new curriculum for the first-semester general chemistry lab, recently developed a laboratory program for the preparatory chemistry course and conducts a teaching skills workshop for chemistry teaching assistants. He makes extensive use of the Internet in courses taught. (See links under Courses Taught above.)


  1. "Radiochemical Separation of Antimony and Tellurium in Isotope Production and in Radionuclide Generators," J. Radioanal. and Nucl. Chem. (2004) 262 (1), 241, D. Downs and D. A. Miller.
  2. Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art: The Residue Question, 2004 (162 p.), ed. V. Dorge, Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, D. Stulik, D. Miller, H. Khanjian, N. Khandekar, R. Wolbers, J. Carlson and W. C. Petersen.