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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 2010 2018

Research Output 1981 2019

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

Air Pressure
atmospheric pressure
Food Packaging

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., 16 Sep 2019, In : Food Packing and Shelf Life. 22

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Packaging
food packaging
7 Citations (Scopus)

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

Open Access
Nitrogen Compounds
Plastic films

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

Oxygen sensors


2014 Green Gown Award for Research and Development

Andrew Mills (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

research and development

2019 RSC Materials for Industry – Derek Birchall award

Andrew Mills (Recipient), 01 Apr 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


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 2006 2018

2018 Consultant for Dyson

Andrew Mills (Consultant)
01 Jan 201831 May 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

2018 Autumn meeting of the UK&Ireland and Spanish Semiconductor Photochemistry Networks

Andrew Mills (Organiser)
10 Sep 201812 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

2018- 22nd International conference on photochemical conversion and storage of solar energy, IPS-22, Hefei, China

Andrew Mills (Keynote speaker)
29 Jul 201803 Aug 2018

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

Manuel Jesus Luna Aguilera

Andrew Mills (Host)
01 Apr 201831 Aug 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor