Nenad Tomašić earned his Ph.D. in geology in 2004 from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science. He teaches mineralogy at the Department of Geology of the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.
The primary topic of his research are crystal-chemical properties of minerals and synthetic analogues, and their relation to the environmental settings during formation and alteration processes.
Former studies on metamict minerals and their annealing properties in respect of their thermal history and amorphous-crystalline transitions have been upgraded to the late- and post-magmatic alteration mechanisms in order to understand cation leaching and mobility, which constrain dating applications but also impact the choice of mineral matrices for radioactive waste storage.
His more recent involvement in the projects funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology focus to the critical metals resources, particularly those of rare earth elements in the bauxite-related materials.
For the past two years, he was president of the Croatian Geological Society.