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.

Visiting Researcher from Thailand

In 2015, the Mills group had the great privilege of having Pperng Surachai Khankaew (pictured left) as a visiting young researcher to work on a joint project between Professor Andrew Mills (pictured centre) and Professor Panuwat Suppakul (pictured right).

He remained with the group for 7 months and had a tremendous impact on everyone working with him.

Harwell Campus Open Day

The Mills group sent representatives to the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire to give talks and presentations on their work on semiconductor photocatalysis and SODIS. The campus was open to the public, and over the course of the day over 15,000 people passed through to see the cutting edge in science and engineering.

PhD Studentship Available – Super-ambient Gas Phase Photocatalysis

Supervisor: Prof. A Mills; Second supervisor: Prof. Hardacre


Start date: 1st Oct 2015; duration: 3 years; qualifying candidates: UK citizens with a 1st class degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by 1st October 2015.


Semiconductor photocatalysis is emerging as a significant new photochemical process for creating innovative commercial products, such as: self-cleaning glass, concrete and tiles. However, to date attention has been restricted to ambient temperature applications of the technology and in this project we explore its application at elevated temperatures. In particular, we will use semiconductor photocatalysis to mediate gas phase reactions of commercial significance, at lower temperatures than the conventional thermal catalytic reactions. These reaction will include: alcohol reforming, steam reforming, the water-gas shift reaction and environmental air clean-up reactions, such as NOx and ozone removal. The PhD candidate will receive training not only in thermal catalysis but also photocatalysis, using a variety of techniques including: DRIFTS-MS, BET, SEM, TEM and laser-driven, time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. This research area is very new and so open to many new discoveries and challenges; thus, the project is only really suitable for a highly motivated candidate seeking a project with adventure and panache.


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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.