Axel Müller

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Phone +47-22851689
Room 406
Visiting address Geological Museum
Postal address Postboks 1172 Blindern 0318 OSLO

Research interests

My primary research interests are the mineralogy and petrology of granites and pegmatites and related rare metal (Li, Sn, W, In, Nb, Ta, REE), gemstone and industrial mineral deposits (quartz, feldspar, mica, fluorite). The concept of my studies is the genetic mineralogy explaining the diversity of minerals on Earth and how and why they are formed in certain environments. The continuous thread of my research is the chemistry and mineralogy of quartz which is one of the most common minerals in the Earth crust and a crucial industrial mineral, for example, for the production of solar cells and microchips. The applied mineralogy is an important part of my studies explaining which and how minerals are used for manufacturing items we use in our daily life. I am working closely with the national and international mining and mineral processing industry.  I am also engaged in research related to the history of geosciences.


Since 2015:        Professor in mineralogy at the Natural History Museum of Oslo

Since 2012:        Research associate of the Natural History Museum of London, UK

2013 – 2014:     Senior geologist, Geological Survey of Norway

2012 – 2013:     Chief geologist, The Quartz Corp, Spruce Pine, USA

2004 – 2012:     Senior geologist, Geological Survey of Norway

2002 – 2004:     Post Doc, Natural History Museum of London, UK

2001 – 2002:     Engineering geologist, Movement and Blasting Consulting, Leipzig, Germany

2000 – 2001:     Research associate, University of Göttingen, Germany

1997 – 2000:     PhD, University of Göttingen, Germany

1993 – 1996:     M.Sc., University of Göttingen, Germany

1990 – 1993:     B.Sc., Mining Academy Freiberg, Germany


Associate editor of the Journal of Geochemical Exploration

Associate editor of the Zeitschrift für Geologische Wissenschaften


Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)

Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

Mineralogical Society of UK and Ireland

Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin e.V.

Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV)

Norsk Geologisk Forening (NGF)

Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum of London

Tags: Geology, Petrology
Published June 3, 2015 3:16 PM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2021 2:40 PM