The research interests of the Mills group are wide and varied including: dye and semiconductor photochemistry, redox catalysis (in particular, oxygen catalysis), solar energy conversion (in particular artificial photosynthesis) and colour and fluorescence based indicators and smart inks and plastic films.

Graduation day!

Congratulation to Dr. Dilidaer Yusufu and Dr. Han Ri for completing their PhD, and Wang ChengYing for graduating from her Mphil!

Front Cover – Analyst

The paper entitled ‘ A Colourimetric Vacuum Air-Pressure Indicator ‘, has been selected to feature as the front inside cover article for Analyst Issue 20, 2019. For information, please visit: Analyst

First Publication for masters student Chengying Wang

Chengying Wang, working with Dilidaer Yusufu, has published her first ever paper! The publication explores a commercialised ‘after open freshness (AOF)’ indicator, and assesses its efficacy at different temperatures. The work is aimed at tackling needless waste in the food packaging industry.

PhD Viva Pass!

Today, Daniel Hawthorne passed his viva and became a Doctor. His thesis, ‘Optical indicators for intelligent packaging and assessment of photocatalytic activity’, was well received by his examiners.

Sensor Indicator Products

Photo (left to right) of: David Hazafy, Greg Heacock, Andrew Mills and Dilidaer Yusufu

Dr. Greg Heacock, CEO Sensor Indicator Products (SIP), a Seattle-based company is here for a progress report on a SIP-funded research project on indicators which will advise doctors and healthcare workers on when to replace invasive medical devices, such as: catheters etc., as part of efforts to reduce hospital acquired infection rates.

Chemistry at Work

Mills Group members, Luke Burns and Nathan Wells, took part in the Chemistry at Work event at Queen’s University Belfast. Hundreds of school children attended the two day event, and were introduced to current and emerging technologies being developed at Queen’s University of Belfast. The talk focused on non-antibiotic methods of antimicrobial technologies.