Research facilities

Curtin University understands that to do high quality research, researchers and research students require access to high quality research infrastructure. Some of the research facilities available include:

John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research (JDLC)

The John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research (JDLC) is a collaborative research venture involving Curtin University, the University of Western Australia, the CSIRO and the Geological Survey of WA. It hosts over $25m in world-class analytical and mass spectrometry infrastructure supporting geological, marine, forensic and nuclear sciences.

Trace Research Advanced Clean Environment (TRACE) Facility

The TRACE Facility is a unique, purpose-built, clean air environment designed for measuring extremely low concentrations of chemical species, including DNA. It specialises in ice core and ancient DNA analysis and is well suited to contaminant analysis for industry.

Resources and Chemistry Precinct

The Resources and Chemistry Precinct houses Curtin’s Department of Chemistry and the WA Government’s ChemCentre. With more than 200 professional scientists, engineers and support staff, it creates a foundation for high-impact and industry-relevant research for the resources and chemistry sectors.

Australasian Joint Research Laboratory for Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) laboratory is a facility supporting collaboration between research and industry expertise from Curtin University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China. The laboratory focuses on developing leading research that integrates BIM with other advanced concepts and technologies to improve the performance and productivity of building projects in the energy, mineral and construction industries across Australia and China.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Curtin is a joint venture partner in the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre that provides access to supercomputing capability and research storage. The centre supports researchers in disciplines such as geology, radio-astronomy, marine, informatics, chemistry and physics.

Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE)

Curtin has established the HIVE to assist researchers to better understand their research data and to develop new visualisation techniques with increasing volumes and complexity of research data occurring.

CHIRI Research Facilities

The CHIRI Research Precinct unites leading researchers across biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and public health in a central location, creating a multidisciplinary research community.

The precinct provides laboratories and 24 specialised suites for more than 100 scientists and research students.

One laboratory houses a live-cell confocal microscope – a sophisticated instrument for high-resolution imaging of cells. A further $2m worth of advanced diagnostic equipment for advanced gene, protein and cell analysis will help deliver unprecedented capabilities to researchers.