Stuart did his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the university of Glasgow, after which he was employed by Rolls-Royce working on a prototype PWR reactor as a shift Chemist where he went on to stay for 2 years. Following this, he was employed by AWE as a materials scientist, during this time he completed a part time MSc in Advanced Material Science at the University of Surrey. As part of his MSc work, he developed a new method for identifying Uranium materials using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy in support of nuclear forensics which formed part of the basis for his PhD project.
His project looks to combine computational measurements with a range of physical measurements to try and predict variations in the electronic, chemical and physical structure of common nuclear fuel cycle materials. With the main aim of moving towards a predictive approach for nuclear forensics signatures, investigating if there are trends within the periodic table of how certain elements effect the key signatures in uranium and plutonium materials.