Frank Mills

About Frank

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in physics, I worked in Boston and Tokyo. While in Japan, I worked with the Japan Science Team for the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflectance Radiometer (ASTER). I subsequently completed my PhD with Yuk Yung, Dave Crisp, and Mike Brown at Caltech in planetary science. After postdoctoral positions in terrestrial atmospheric science at UCLA and JPL with Annmarie Eldering and Stan Sander, respectively, I moved to the ANU in 2003. My initial ANU appointment was joint between the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering and the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, predecessors of the Research School of Physics and Engineering and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. In 2015, I moved entirely into the Fenner School and became its Associate Director (Undergraduate Coursework and Honours). I am also affiliated with the ANU’s Planetary Science, Climate Change, and Energy Change Institutes and have a part-time appointment with Space Science Institute in the USA.

About Frank’s work
The major focus of my ongoing research is the chemistry of Venus’ atmosphere, and I have been a Supporting Investigator for the European Space Agency’s Venus Express mission since 2006. Another area of current research is 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; geological mapping using imaging spectrometer data; 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 and their effects on surface ultraviolet radiation; and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and climate change impacts. Student research I have supervised includes classification of thermophysical units on Mars, geothermal energy assessment, comparisons between rainfall in global climate models and observations, and evaluations of renewable energy policy and sustainability education.