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Dr Frank Mills

Position Fellow
Department Plasma Research Laboratory
Qualifications BSE Princeton, MS PhD Caltech
Office phone 50116/55015
Webpage http://physics.anu.edu.au/ampl/rese...


Completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Honors) degree at Princeton University in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a Master of Science degree at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in physics then worked in Boston and Tokyo before returning to complete a PhD at Caltech in planetary science. Held postdoctoral research positions at Caltech, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) before moving to the ANU in 2003.  Held a joint appointment in the Research School of Physics and Engineering and the Fenner School of Environment and Society until 2015 and am now Associate Director Undergraduate Coursework and Honours for the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Am also affiliated with the Planetary Science and Energy Change Institutes. Promoted to Fellow at ANU in January 2008 and Associate Professor in January 2014.

Other activities:

  • Previously, Lecturer in EMSC3029 (Atmospheric and Ocean Modelling)
  • Previously, Convener and Lecturer in PHYS2020 (Thermal and Statistical Physics)
  • Convener, Fenner School of Environment & Society Honours Program
  • Research Scientist, Space Science Institute, USA (part-time)

Research interests

My current research is focused on understanding the chemistry of Venus' atmosphere and the effects of clouds on distributed solar energy generation.  My past research has included laboratory calibration of infrared spectrometers and imagers; simulations of instruments and satellite mission operations; field tests of imaging spectrometers; numerical modelling of the chemistry in the atmospheres of Venus, Earth, and Io; spectroscopy of Venus, Europa, and Callisto; estimation of the ultraviolet properties of Australian aerosols; the effects of Australian aerosols on surface ultraviolet radiation; and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and climate change impacts.

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