Dr Frank Mills

Senior Fellow

After a decade on a joint appointment at the ANU in the Research School of Physics and Engineering and The Fenner School of Environment and Society, I moved in 2015 to a position solely in The Fenner School and became Associate Director (Undergraduate Coursework and Honours). I am also affiliated with the Space Science Institute in the USA and with the ANU's Planetary Science, Climate Change, and Energy Change Institutes.

I have supervised student research projects in the Astrophysics, Earth Science, Engineering, Environment, and Physics programs.

I currently convene the Honours program in the Fenner School. Previously, I convened and lectured in Thermal and Statistical Physics and have contributed to the Ocean and Atmosphere Modelling, Fundamentals of Climate System Science, and Weather, Climate, and Fire courses. I was a Supporting Investigator for the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission and a member of the International Commission of Planetary Environments and their Evolution (ICPAE) of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS).

Research interests

My principal resarch interests are the transmission of radiation through planetary atmospheres and its impact on atmospheric chemistry. My current research is in three areas: middle atmospheric chemistry on Venus and the Earth, analysis of data and simulations for Australian climate, and solar energy forecasting.

  • Engerer, N & Mills, F 2015, 'Validating nine clear sky radiation models in Australia', Solar Energy, vol. 120, pp. 9-24.
  • Garcia Munoz, A & Mills, F 2015, 'Pre-conditioned backward Monte Carlo solutions to radiative transport in planetary atmospheres Fundamentals: Sampling of propagation directions in polarising media', Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 573, no. A72, pp. 1-20.
  • Jessup, K-L, Marcq, E, Mills, F et al 2015, 'Coordinated Hubble Space Telescope and Venus Express Observations of Venus' upper cloud deck', Icarus, vol. 258, pp. 309-336.
  • Engerer, N & Mills, F 2014, 'K-PV: A clear-sky index for photovoltaics', Solar Energy, vol. 105, pp. 679-693.
  • Mills, F, Engerer, N & Steele, T 2014, 'Design considerations for an urban solar radiation measurement network', The 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Council, Australian Solar Council, Australia, pp. 343-353.
  • Tan, J, Engerer, N & Mills, F 2014, 'Estimating Hourly Energy Generation of Distributed Photovoltaic Arrays: a Comparison of Two Methods', The 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Council, Australian Solar Council, Australia, pp. 385-396.
  • Marcq, E, Mills, F, Sandor, B et al 2014, 'Composition and Chemistry of the Neutral Atmosphere of Venus', European Planetary Science Congress 2014, European Planetary Science Congress 2014, Portugal.
  • Gibson, S, Cavanagh, S, Lewis, B et al 2014, 'Back to basics, the chemistry of aerosol formation, viewed with velocity-map imaging of photoelectrons', Optical Instrumentation for Energy and Environmental Applications 2014, Optical Society of American (OSA), United States.
  • Jones, E, Caprarelli, G, Mills, F et al 2014, 'An Alternative Approach to Mapping Thermophysical Units from Martian Thermal Inertia and Albedo Data Using a Combination of Unsupervised Classification Techniques', Remote Sensing, vol. 6, pp. 5184-5237.
  • Wang, S, Li, K, Pongetti, T et al 2013, 'Midlatitude atmospheric OH response to the most recent 11-y solar cycle', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 110, no. 6, pp. 2023-2028.
  • Garcia Munoz, A & Mills, F 2012, 'The June 2012 transit of Venus Framework for interpretation of observations', Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 547, pp. 1-14.
  • Mills, F 2012, What Venus has taught us about protecting the ozone layer, pp. 1-3pp.
  • Zhang et al 2012, 'Sulfur chemistry in the middle atmosphere of Venus', Icarus 217, 714-739.
  • Jones et al 2011, 'New Unsupervised Classification of the Martian Surface Into TES Thermal-Inertia Albedo Units', Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2011
  • Sundaram et al 2011, 'An Initial Model Assessment of NOx Photochemistry on Venus with Heterogeneous Oxidation of CO', Australian Space Science Conference 2010.
  • Jones et al 2011, 'Initial Results from a GIS-­based Unsupervised Classification Study of the Martian Surface', Australian Space Science Conference 2010.
  • Sandor et al 2010, 'Sulfur chemistry in the Venus mesosphere from SO2 and SO microwave spectra', Icarus 208, 49-60.
  • Mills and Chee 2010, 'An initial assessment of the impact of Australian aerosols on surface ultraviolet radiation and implications for human health', National Conference of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society 2010.
  • Garcia-Munoz, A, Mills, F, Piccioni, G et al 2009, 'The near-infrared nitric oxide nightglow in the upper atmosphere of Venus', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106, no. 4, pp. 985-988.
  • Cuzzi, J, Backman, D, Baines, A et al 2009, 'Planetary Science', in Robert Gehrz, Daniel Lester, Thomas Roellig, Eric Becklin (ed.), The Science Vision for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Moffett Field CA, USA, pp. 5/1 to 20.
  • Piccioni, G, Zasova, L, Migliorini, A et al 2009, 'Near-IR oxygen nightglow observed by VIRTIS in the Venus upper atmosphere', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 114, no. E00B38, p. 18.
  • Garcia-Munoz, A, Mills, F, Slanger, T et al 2009, 'Visible and near-infrared nightglow of molecular oxygen in the atmosphere of Venus', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 114, no. E12002, pp. 1-12.
  • Dovers, S, Hutchinson, M, Lindenmayer, D et al 2008, 'Uncertainty, Complexity and the Environment', in Gabriele Bammer and Michael Smithson (ed.), Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 245-260.
  • Giuseppe, P, Drossart, P, Zasova, L et al 2008, 'First detection of hydroxyl in the atmosphere of Venus', Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 483, pp. L29-L33.
  • Fischer, J, Manning, A, Steffen, W et al 2007, 'Mind the sustainability gap', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 621-624.
  • Mills, F, Esposito, L & Yung, Y 2007, 'Atmospheric Composition, Chemistry, and Clouds', in Larry W. Esposito, Ellen R. Stofan, Thomas E. Cravens (ed.), Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet, American Geophysical Union, Washington, USA, pp. 73-100.
  • Kalashnikova, O, Mills, F, Eldering, A et al 2007, 'Application of satellite and ground-based data to investigate the UV radiative effects of Australian aerosols', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 107, pp. 65-80.
  • Mills, F & Allen, M 2007, 'A review of selected issues concerning the chemistry in Venus' middle atmosphere', Planetary and Space Science, vol. 55, pp. 1729-1740.
  • Mills, F, Sundaram, M, Slanger, T et al 2006, 'Oxygen Chemistry in the Venus Middle Atmosphere', in Anil Bhardwaj (ed.), Advances in Geosciences Volume 3: Planetary Science, World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, pp. 109-117.
  • Li, K, Cageao, R, Karpilovsky, E et al 2005, 'OH column abundance over Table Mountain Facility, California: AP-PM diurnal asymmetry', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 32, no. L13813, pp. 1-4.
  • Eldering, A, Kahn, B, Mills, F et al 2004, 'Vertical profiles of aerosol volume from high spectral resolution infrared transmission measurements: results', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 109, pp. D20201.
  • Pernice, H, Garcia, P, Willner, H et al 2004, 'Laboratory evidence for a key intermediate in the Venus atmosphere: Peroxychloroformyl radical', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 101, no. 39, pp. 14007-14010.
  • Mills, F, Cageao, R, Sander, S et al 2003, 'OH Column Abundance over Table Mountain Facility, California: Intra-Annual Variations and Comparisons to Model Predictions for 1997-2001', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 108, no. D24, pp. 17-1-16.
  • Steele, H, Eldering, A, Sen, B et al 2003, 'Retrieval of stratospheric aerosol size and composition information from solar infrared transmission spectra', Applied Optics, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 2140-2154.
  • Mills, F, Cageao, R, Nemtchinov, V et al 2002, 'OH column abundance over Table Mountain Facility, California: Annual average 1997-2000', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 29, no. 15, pp. 1742 (32-1-4).
  • Kahn, B, Eldering, A, Irion, F et al 2002, 'Cloud identification in Atmospheric Trace Molecule spectrosocopy infrared occulatation measurements', Applied Optics, vol. 41, no. 15, pp. 2768-2780.
  • Cageao, R, Blavier, J, McGuire, J et al 2001, 'High-resolution Fourier-transform ultraviolet-visible spectrometer for the measurement of atmospheric trace species: application to OH', Applied Optics, vol. 40, no. 12, pp. 2024-2030.
  • Eldering, A, Irion, F, Chang, A et al 2001, 'Vertical profiles of aerosol volume from high-spectral-resolution infrared transmission measurements: I. Methodology', Applied Optics, vol. 40, no. 18, pp. 3082-3091.