Dr Miller graduated from the university of Canterbury, and initially worked at Chemistry Division, DSIR, in New Zealand to work first on lignin chemistry, then recycling, seaweed research, then hydrothermal wood liquefaction. In 1986 he left DSIR to set up Carina Chemical Laboratories Ltd, to carry out research to support the private half of a joint venture to make pyromellitates, the basis of high temperature resistant plastics. More recently, he has worked on the development of Nemidon gels (www.nemidon.co.nz) and fuels and chemicals through the hydrothermal treatment of microalgae. He has written about 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, about 35 other articles, and was on the Editorial Board of Botanica Marina between about 1998-2008. He has also written some science in fiction thriller-type novels that form a "future history", including Puppeteer, and Troubles which have been self-published as ebooks. Links can be found at www.ianmiller.co.nz.