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.

PDRA Position now open

Professor Andrew Mills is now hiring a PDRA for a 1 year contract working with semiconductor photocatalytic materials. Applicants can apply via the following link:
PDRA Position

Chemistry World Article

A recent paper, to be published in Chemical Communications, written by Andrew Mills and Nathan Wells, has been highlighted in a Chemistry World article. The article describes a new method of detecting commercial semiconductor photocatalysts to assess their ‘self-cleaning’ ability, and represents quite a step forward for activity testing.

Enterprise Fellowship

Dr David Hazafy has been awarded the Enterprise Fellowship, and will spin out a company based on research and knowledge developed in our group

Enterprise Fellowships provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial engineering researchers, working at a UK University, to enable them to develop a spin-out business around their technological idea.

Enterprise Fellows receive up to £85,000 in seed funding, salary support and benefit from having a year to take time out from their research to focus completely on spinning out a business.

Enterprise Fellows are also invited to join the Academy’s Enterprise Hub where they receive ongoing support and business mentoring from the Academy’s Fellowship, which includes some of the UK’s most successful technology entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Research from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering wins the Research and Development Category at the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2014

The research project, ‘Saving millions of lives by enhancing the solar disinfection of water (SODIS)’, led by Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Katherine Lawrie, and funded by Invest NI, was announced as the winner of the research and development category at the Green Gown Awards’ Ceremony, with over 360 sustainability leaders in attendance at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall.

The event was hosted by author and TV presenter Simon Reeve with the award supported by ARMA. Over 180 applications were received across 14 categories, and each went through a rigorous two-stage screening process in which they were reviewed and judged by a panel of 86 sector representatives and experts. Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector. The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and are governed by a cross agency steering group.

EAUC Green Gown Awards 2014 – Finalist

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector. The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and are governed by a cross agency steering group.   With 180 applications received across 14 categories, our research, ‘Saving millions of lives by enhancing the solar disinfection of water (SODIS)’, was announced as a finalist in the research and development category in June.  As part of the application we were asked to create a short video on our project. We are also in the process of publishing this work, and the most recent version of the work can be found here (UV dosimetry for SODIS).   The winners of the Green Gown Awards 2014 will be announced at the Green Gown Awards’ Ceremony in November, which will be attended by Dr Katherine Lawrie.

A simple, inexpensive method for the rapid testing of the photocatalytic activity of self-cleaning surfaces

A paper, published by the Mills group on November 14th, 2013, detailing a proposed ISO standard test for the testing of the activity of self-cleaning surfaces using a simple, inexpensive method, has been receiving considerable interest within the scientific community. The article, available via the link below, has been downloaded 667 times since its publication, with the most interest coming from the UK, US, India, China and Germany.

The article is available for download from:

A simple, inexpensive method for the rapid testing of the photocatalytic activity of self-cleaning surfaces

Sensor Medical Technology, Seattle

Professor Mills and Dr Lawrie recently traveled to Seattle to engage with a company, Sensor Medical Technology.  We met with members of the company, academia and patent lawyers in order to kick-start a new collaborative project to develop indicators for medical devices.

Europt(r)ode XII – Conference on Optical Sensors & Biosensors, Athens

With the aid of travel funding awarded by the RSC, Dr Katherine Lawrie attended the world’s leading conference on optical sensors to present a poster on her work entitled  ‘UV dosimetry for solar water disinfection (SODIS)’. The conference itself attracted 220 participants from 37 countries, bringing together engineers and scientists to discuss the recent progress and future trends in the design, fabrication, and application of optical sensing devices.