R.J. Dwayne Miller

Dwayne Miller


  • Program Co-Director
  • Molecular Architecture of Life


  • University of Toronto
  • Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
Department of Atomically Resolved Dynamics


  • Canada


PhD (Chemistry), Stanford University
BSc Honours (Chemistry and Immunology), University of Manitoba


Dwayne Miller, a physical chemist and biophysicist, has been widely recognized for his work in spectroscopy and the development of new electron sources for ultrafast laser technology. These advances have enabled real-time observation of atomic motion during structural changes in materials. Miller’s interest in intermolecular forces extends to understanding how small amounts of energy are controlled and directed in biological functions, and investigating the unusual behaviour that occurs at the biological and chemical surfaces.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Chemical Institute of Canada Medal
Guggenheim Fellowship
A.P. Sloan Fellowship
NSERC John C. Polanyi Award
McNeil Medal for Science Promotion, Royal Society of Canada
Rutherford Medal in Chemistry, Royal Society of Canada
E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, American Chemical Society
Fellow of the Optical Society of America
NSF Presidential Young Investigator (U.S.)

Relevant Publications

Jean-Ruel, H. et al. "Ring closing reaction in diarylethene captured by femtosecond electron crystallography." J. Phys. Chem. B 117 (2013): 15894–15902.
Gao, M. et al. "Mapping molecular motions leading to charge delocalization with ultrabright electrons." Nature 496 (2013): 343–46.
Miller, R.J.D. "Molecular motor speed limits." Nat. Chem. 4 (2012): 523–25.
Miller, R.J.D. et al. "Making the molecular movie: First frames." Acta Cryst. A 66 (2010): 137–56.
Eichberger, M. et al. "Snapshots of cooperative atomic motions in the optical suppression of charge density waves." Nature 468 (2010): 799–802.
Miller, R.J.D. et al. Surface Electron Transfer Processes. New York: VCH Publishers, 1995.