Dr Lorenzo Milani


Dr. Lorenzo Milani

Senior Lecturer

Economic Geology

Office: 3-50 Mineral Sciences Building

E-mail[email protected] 

Phone: +27 (0)12 4203009



Ongoing interests: Petrology, Geochemistry, Economic Geology

Petrology, tectonics and mineral potential of the Damara Belt - Lufilian Arc orogenic system

Sulfide-oxide mineralisation of the Phalaborwa carbonatite complex  

Ni-Cu-(Co-PGE) mineral potential of the Kunene Intrusive Complex in Angola and Namibia

Large-scale Ni-PGE metallogenic province across southern and central Africa

Ancient porphyry copper systems in southern Africa


UP                   2019-2020  Economic Geology, 3rd year (GLY 367)

UP                   2019-2020  Economic Geology, Honours (GLY 713)

Wits Univ.         2015-2016 Module in Surface Geochemistry, Honours

Ferrara Univ.     2000-2007 Contract lecturer in Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration, 3rd year.


2019-present: Senior Lecturer in Economic Geology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

2015-2016: CIMERA post-doctoral fellow, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011-2015: SPARC post-doctoral fellow, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 

1999-2010: post-doctoral research fellow and contract lecturer, Physics and Earth Sciences Department, Ferrara University (Italy)


Bolhar, R. Whitehouse, M.J., Milani, L., Magalhães, N., Golding, S.D., Bybee, G., LeBras, L., Bekker, A. (2020). Atmospheric S and lithospheric Pb in sulphides from the 2.06 Ga Phalaborwa phoscorite-carbonatite Complex, South Africa, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 530, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115939

Milani L., Lehmann J., Naydenov K.V., Saalmann K., Nex P.A.M., Kinnaird J.A., Friedman I., Woolrych T., Selley D. (2019). Geology and mineralization of the Cu-rich Mumbwa district, a potential IOCG-type system at the eastern margin of the Pan-African Hook batholith, Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences 158, doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2019.103513

Milani, L., Bolhar, R. Frei, D., Harlov D., Samuel V.O. (2017). Light rare earth element systematics as a tool for investigating the petrogenesis of phoscorite-carbonatite associations, as exemplified by the Phalaborwa Complex, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita 52, 1105–1125

Milani L.,  Bolhar R., Cawthorn R.G., Frei D. (2017). In-situ LA-ICP-MS and EMP trace element characterization of Fe-Ti-oxides from the phoscorite-carbonatite association at Phalaborwa, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita, 52, 747-768

Kinnaird J.A., Nex P.A.M., Milani L. (2016). Tin in Africa. Episodes 39, 335-359.

Lehmann J., Saalmann K., Naydenov K.V., Milani L., Belyanin G., Zwingmann H. Charlesworth E.G., Kinnaird J.A. (2016). Structural and geochronological constraints on the Pan‐African tectonic evolution of the northern Damara Belt, Namibia. Tectonics 35, 103–135

Naydenov K.V., Lehmann J., Saalmann K., Milani L., Poterai J., Kinnaird J.A., Kramers J.D. (2016). The geology of the Matala Dome: an important piece of the Pan‑African puzzle in Central Zambia. International Journal of Earth Sciences 105, 695–712

Milani L., Kinnaird J.A., Lehmann J., Naydenov K.V., Saalmann K., Frei D., Gerdes A. (2015). Role of crustal contribution in the early stage of the Damara Orogen, Namibia: new constraints from combined U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopes from the Goas Magmatic Complex. Gondwana Research 28, 961-986

Lehmann J., Master S., Rankin W., Milani L., Kinnaird J.A., Naydenov K.V., Saalmann K., Kumar M. (2015). Regional aeromagnetic and stratigraphic correlations of the Kalahari Copperbelt in Namibia and Botswana. Ore Geology Reviews 71, 169-190

Milani L., Lehmann J., Naydenov K.V., Kinnaird J.A., Saalmann K., Daly S., Frei D., Lobo-Guerrero Sanz A. (2015). A-type magmatism in a syn-collisional setting: the case of the Pan-African Hook Batholith in Central Zambia. Lithos 216, 48-72

Naydenov K.V., Lehmann J., Saalmann K., Milani L., Kinnaird J.A., Charlesworth G., Frei D., Rankin W. (2014). New constraints on the Pan-African Orogeny in Central Zambia: A structural and geochronological study of the Hook Batholith and the Mwembeshi Zone. Tectonophysics 637, 80-105


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