Tissue Culture Laboratory
There are four levels of tissue culture activity mainly based on mycoplasma status. Mycoplasma is a bacteria which can significantly impact cell growth and interpretation of biological results. We conduct regular induction sessions for tissue culture. This facility is housed at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute.
Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory
Microscopes are used to produce magnified visual or photographic images of small objects. Samples can be easily visualised without labelling, for example brightfield, phase contrast. Applications include localisation of proteins, cell-cell interactions and 3D reconstruction. We conduct regular training sessions on all our microscopy equipment. This facility is housed at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute.
Contact: Connie Jackaman
Luxury Branding Consumer Research Laboratory
The Luxury Branding Consumer Research Laboratory uses psychophysiological methods for market research. Methods include mobile devices capable of tracking consumers’ cognitive, attitudinal, affective, and behavioural responses through real-time psychophysiological measures. Some past and present clients with marketing research collaborators include Millbrook Winery (Fogarty Wine Group), Gabriel Chocolate, Simmo’s Ice-cream and Healthway.
X-Ray Surface Analysis Facility
The John de Laeter Centre houses advanced instrumentation for high-quality chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis, and high-resolution imaging. The Western Australian X-Ray Surface Analysis Facility provides access to a state of the art X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system for studying surface elemental and chemical composition.
Contact: Dr Jean-Pierre Veder
Digital Mineralogy Hub
Curtin’s John de Laeter Centre houses advanced instrumentation for high-quality chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis, and high-resolution imaging. The Digital Mineralogy Hub Facility hosts a Tescan Integrated Mineral Analyzer (TIMA GM) — a fully automated, high-throughput, analytical Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) for analysis of sample composition and morphology.
Contact: Dr Mark Aylmore
The Innovation Studio is a collaborative workspace designed for producing and developing the commercial potential of e-learning platform solutions to Curtin’s learning, teaching and education needs.
WA Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Facility
WA-OIG is an internationally-recognised group contributing to world-class research in the fields of organic and stable isotope geochemistry, palaeogenomics and geomicrobiology.
Contact: Professor Kliti Grice
Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHRIMP)
The SHRIMP are large mass spectrometers that allow in situ isotopic and trace element micro-analysis of complexly zoned minerals in grain mounts and thin section plugs, with a spatial resolution of 5–20 microns.
Contact: Dr Allen Kennedy
WA Argon Isotope Facility
The John de Laeter Centre houses the WA Argon Isotope Facility (WAAIF), specialising in applying the 40Ar/39Ar technique to any rocks and minerals that contain potassium, including hornblende, sanidine, plagioclase and basalts. The 40Ar/39Ar dating method is used to measure the age and timing of a large variety of geological processes, from meteorite samples as old as the Earth (4.5 billion years) to the age of historical events such as the Vesuvius eruption (79 AD).
Contact: Associate Professor Fred Jourdon
Geoscience and microanalysis facility
The Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF) houses a broad range of advanced microanalysis instrumentation providing high-quality chemical, mineralogical and microstructural information, and high-resolution images for research and technical publications. The facility staff have expertise in materials and earth science research, which is used to support both academic research and applied projects for the Western Australian minerals and energy sector.
Contact: Dr Zakaria Quadir