Senior Curator, Geosciences
Stuart Mills with X-Ray diffractometer machine, a powerful tool used to characterise crystalline materials.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
Stuart completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Before joining Museum Victoria, he was a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia and was a Research Scientist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Stuart specialises in the study of secondary minerals and how they form, using a variety of methods including X-ray diffraction, synthesis and chemical/isotopic techniques. He works on minerals from deposits in Victoria (including the famous Lake Boga quarry in northern Victoria) and Australia, as well as from international occurrences (especially Cap Garonne, France and Otto Mountain, California).
Stuart also enjoys the challenges involved in describing new minerals. To date, he has participated in describing 54. In 2012, Stuart became a Chartered Scientist through The Science Council (UK).
In late 2012 Stuart began working on the 'tracking tellurium' project, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, which is focused on the element tellurium – one of the Earth’s rarest (and least understood) metals. The two-year research project will help us gain a new and potentially exciting understanding of the formation of tellurium, key environmental influences, and potential insights into past climate changes.
Last updated 31 October 2012