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Optical sensors Photocatalytic studies

1981 …2019

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Research Statement

Professor Mills has a wide range of research interests. These interests include: dye and semiconductor photochemistry - in particular the use of semiconductors as photocatalysts in water and air purification and in selective organic oxidations; electrochemical sensor development for electroactive gases, such as hydrogen, oxygen, chlorine etc.; colourimetric and fluorimetric sensor development for gases of interest in clinical analysis (such as O2, CO2, NO and anaesthetic gases); design, synthesis, characterisation and mechanistic studies of new inorganic materials for catalysing redox reactions - including reactions involving hydrogen, oxygen and chlorine evolution; oxidative and reductive dissolution processes of inorganic materials, with a special interest in the dissolution of metal and metal oxide particles; novel biphasic catalytic and photocatalytic systems for organic oxidation reactions. Other research interests include fundamental studies of: (i) solvatochromism and (ii) biphasic catalytic systems for organic oxidation reactions using platinum group metal oxides as mediators. Current major research themes include: semiconductor photocatalysis for solar energy conversion (such as solar-driven water-splitting and CO2 fixation) and optical sensors and intelligent inks. Much of Professor Mills' research is directed at creating novel, innovative chemical systems of commercial worth.
Professor Mills' research group has current collaborative links with a number of industries including the following: Pilkington Glass (semiconductor photocatalysis), Johnson and Johnson Medical (optical gas sensors for clinical analysis), Johnson Matthey (semiconductor photocatalysis, photoelectrochemical cells and PGM catalysts in food packaging) Cryovac, SunChemical, Toppan, Multisorb, Ciba and Crown Holdings (optical sensors for food and drink packaging). To date, Professor Mills has published over 235 papers in international journals and 8 published patents. The technology in his patent on oxygen indicators (GB2002/003994) is currently under license to a major label manufactuer (UPM) has generated £400k todate and is the basis of UPM's Shelf Life Guard label. Professor Mills is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology and the Journal of Fluorescence. The research group comprises currently: 7 postdoctoral research workers and 3 postgraduate students.

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Projects

Research Output

A Colourimetric Vacuum Air-Pressure Indicator

Yusufu, D. & Mills, A., 21 Oct 2019, In : The Analyst. 144, 20, p. 5947-5952

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A General-Purpose Colourimetric Air pressure Indicator

    Mills, A. & Yusufu, D., 15 Nov 2019, In : Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    A smart adhesive 'consume within' (CW) indicator for food packaging

    Mills, A., Yusufu, D. & Wang, C., 07 Dec 2019, In : Food Packing and Shelf Life. 22, 8 p., 100395.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Colourimetric plastic film indicator for the detection of the volatile basic nitrogen compounds associated with fish spoilage

    Wells, N., Yusufu, D. & Mills, A., 01 Mar 2019, In : Talanta. 194, p. 830-836 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    72 Downloads (Pure)

    Extruded phosphorescence based oxygen sensors for large-scale packaging applications

    Kelly, C., Yusufu, D., Okkelman, I., Banerjee, S., Mills, A., Papkovsky, D. & Kerry, J. P., 01 Nov 2019, In : SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    2014 Green Gown Award for Research and Development

    Andrew Mills (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 2019 RSC Materials for Industry – Derek Birchall award

    Andrew Mills (Recipient), 01 Apr 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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  • James Young Chair in Chemistry

    Andrew Mills (Recipient), 1999

    Prize: Appointment

    Meldola Medal and Prize

    Andrew Mills (Recipient), 1986

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Royal Irish Academy member

    Andrew Mills (Recipient), 22 Mar 2016

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Activities

    23rd International Conference on Photochemical Conversion, and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-23)

    Andrew Mills (Member of scientific committee)
    03 Aug 202006 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    2019 Meeting of the Packaging Member Interest Group (MIG), Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

    Andrew Mills (Keynote speaker)
    15 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

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    Synthesis and Novel Applications of Cerium Dioxide

    Andrew Mills (Examiner)
    24 Sep 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    2019 UK&Ireland and Czech Republic Semiconductor Photochemistry Network Meeting,

    Andrew Mills (Organiser)
    05 Sep 201906 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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