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FACILITIES

Anechoic chamber

Anechoic chamber. Image: ska.gov.au

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy maintains and operates an anechoic chamber in building 314. This facility includes an ETS-Lindgren FACT 3 semi-anechoic chamber with an internal working area of 8.12 (L) x 6.1 (W) x 5.48 (H)m, an automated turntable and antenna mast, CISPR 16-compliant EMI test receiver (meeting civil and military standards) as well as an extensive range of antennas and other RF accessories to support for EMC characterisation and compliance testing.

Contact: Professor David Davidson

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.

Contact: Professor Xiangyu Wang

Bio-Activated Materials Laboratory

Laser-based structural-health laser-ultrasonic/acoustic-emission health-monitoring (Bio-Activated-Materials – BAM lab apparatus).

Contact: Dr Navdeep Dhami

Curtin Aquatic Research Laboratories

Curtin Aquatic Research Lab

CARL has three 50 tonne recirculating aquaculture systems for seawater, freshwater and inland saline water and a 70-tonne mesocosm tank, which can replicate most aquatic ecosystems through manipulation of temperature, lighting regimes and habitat structures for ecosystem and behavioural studies. The aquatic systems are controlled by a central computer system, which monitors the conditions, feeding and other activities. Quarantine, live feed and algae culture rooms are available, as are numerous aquariums, tanks and equipment for housing any aquatic organism.

Contact: Rowan Kleindienst

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute facilities

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The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute unites leading researchers across biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and public health in a central location, creating a multidisciplinary research community. It is a multi-user research facility covering more than 1,500m2. The entire area is a certified Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) facility with the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

There are 10 multi-purpose laboratory modules for general laboratory work and 25 smaller task and equipment-specific laboratories that are available for researchers to use. CHIRI hosts four major areas of research equipment strength operating under a shared resource laboratory (SRL) model including microscopy, flow cytometry, tissue culture and protein production and interaction laboratories.

The CHIRI SRLs are all supported by scientific staff members who are able to train users on the instruments and provide support. For more information about any of the facilities please visit CHIRI resources or view our 360-degree virtual lab tours.

Contact: chiri@curtin.edu.au

Desert Fireball Network

The Desert Fireball Network is a distributed network of automated observatories for tracking meteorite fireballs, re-entering space debris, satellites and rocket launches. The network currently covers around three million km2 of Australia and has an estimated total value of $4 million. Current funding (ARC LIEF) will see it expand globally, covering 20 million km2 across the US, Canada, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Upon completion, the network is expected to have an estimated total value of $6 million.

Contact: Dr Phil Bland

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

Flourimeter

State-of-the-art fluorimeter for studying light-emitting materials.

Contact: Max Massi

Gas and liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry

A range of hyphenated chromatographic and mass spectrometry instruments for separation and trace analysis of organic contaminants and materials.

Contact: Professor Jean-Philippe Croue

GeoHistory Facility

Geohistory facility

The GeoHistory Facility (GHF) houses state-of-the-art laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) equipment, in addition to a low temperature thermochronology laboratory and a Nu Plasma II multi-collector to facilitate split stream analysis. The instruments are located in a modern, purpose-built space and we provide collaborative and commercial access to academia, government and industry.

Contact: Associate Professor Noreen Evans

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

Geoscience atom probe

The atom probe can generate atomic-scale 3D reconstructions of a region of interest, providing chemical information at nanometre length scales.

  • Spatial resolution: less than 1nm
  • Field of view: larger than 200nm (3D), larger than 500nm (1D)
  • Mass resolution: higher than 1000 (M/∆MFWHM)
  • Chemical sensitivity: less than 10ppm
  • Atomic detection efficiency: ~37%

Contact: Dr David Saxey

Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP)

Solar panels and wind turbines against blue sky

The Green Electric Energy Park (GEEP) is an innovative laboratory that features futuristic power-system concepts based on environmentally friendly, renewable energy technologies. GEEP is unmatched in Australia because of its types of renewable energy sources and how they are integrated and displayed, and will serve as a model for future renewable energy laboratories.

Contact: Associate Professor Sumedha Rajakaruna

Horticulture Research Laboratory

Facilities include three temperature controlled rooms, six temperature and humidity control cabinets, a Hunter Lab ColourFlex, UV/VIS Spectrophotometer, a Servomex Infra-Red CO2 and O2 Gas Analyser, two Agilent Gas Chromatography instruments -6890N, a Waters HPLC, a Lloyds texture analyser and a digital refractometer.

Contact: Peta Beech

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.

Contact: hive@curtin.edu.au

Hydrogen storage

The Hydrogen Storage Research Group is well equipped to measure the hydrogen storage properties of a range of materials and has the following facilities and equipment:

  • facility for studying the sorption properties of gases by nanostructured materials (funded under a 2009 ARC LIEF grant)
  • residual gas analyser
  • supercritical fluid chromatograph facility
  • seven sets of manometric gas handling apparatus (four automatic, three manual)
  • coupled hydride system and heat engine
  • high-pressure facilities (up to 2 kbar)
  • a range of furnaces, gloveboxes, mechanical mills and cryomills
  • the HSRG also has access to X-ray and microscopy equipment (SAXS, XPS, XRD, TEM, SEM) and other characterisation facilities on site.

Contact: Professor Craig Buckley

Infrared spectroscopy

Versatile technique for non-destructive spectroscopic study and identification of materials.

Contact: Peter Chapman

Innovation Studio

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.

Contact: Office of IP Commercialisation, Curtin Learning and Teaching

John de Laeter Centre

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

Facilities at the John de Laeter Centre include, but aren’t limited to:

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.

Contact: ip-comm@curtin.edu.au

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

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory

Murchison radio astronomy observatory. Image: scienceimage.csiro.au

The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) is located in the pristine radio-quiet of Western Australia’s Mid-West region, 315 km north-east of Geraldton. The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is the only entity in Australia with a licence to conduct activity on the MRO, other than the site owner, CSIRO. CIRA has access to more than 100 gbps of dedicated data transport capacity between the MRO and Curtin. CIRA conducts a number of radio astronomy instrumentation activities at the MRO that enable and support a variety of science outputs.

Contact: Tom Booler

Murchison Widefield Array

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. The MWA has been operational since 2013 and remains the only fully operational SKA precursor instrument. The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy operates and maintains the MWA on behalf of an international collaboration of 21 universities and research institutes from seven countries.

Contact: Tom Booler

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

400 MHz NMR spectroscope for characterisation of organic molecules.

Contact: Alan Payne

Particle Image Velocimetry Facility

The time-resolved particle image velocimetry facility is used to investigate the fluid dynamic characteristics of flows. The facility consists of a powerful laser, advanced optics and instrumentation that will work in combination to investigate the flow features.

Contact: Associate Professor Ramesh Narayanaswamy

Pavement Engineering Research Facilities

Pavement Facilities for unbound granular/aggregate coursing, blacktop mix stabilisation, hydrated cement treated crushed rock bases (hctcrb) and cement modified crushed rock bases.

Contact: Professor Hamid Nikraz

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.

Contact: admin@pawsey.org.au

Radio frequency labs

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy maintains high-specification RF labs in Building 610. This facility includes a suite of modern equipment for characterisation and test of instrumentation, including an Agilent PNA-X vector network analyser and a customised Focus Microwaves iCCMT-101 impedance tuner designed to operate to <100 MHz. This facility also includes a small screened room that provides the radio quiet environment necessary to exploit the full capabilities of the test equipment.

Contact: Tom Booler

Resources and Chemistry Precinct

Curtin chemistry building

The Resources and Chemistry Precinct houses Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences 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.

Scanning Probe Microscopy Facility

This facility houses advanced instrumentation for high-quality chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis, and high-resolution imaging. It includes an atomic force microscope, a scanning electrochemical microscopy, a scanning tunnelling microscopy and an optical near field microscopy.

Contact: Thomas Becker

Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHRIMP)

SHRIMP ll

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

SHRIMP 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.

Contact: admin@pawsey.org.au

Structural Dynamics Laboratory

Reaction frames, loading equipment, shake table and split Hopkinson pressure bar systems.

Contact: Professor Hong Hao

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.

Contact: chiri@curtin.edu.au

Tribology Laboratory

Tribology Laboratory is set up for the evaluation of the surface roughness (surface profiler) and tribological characteristics of materials (metals, two tribometers).

Contact: Dr Pawel Podsiadlo

Underwater acoustic recorders

The Centre for Marine Science and Technology has designed and built more than 30 autonomous underwater acoustic recorders for long-term, high-fidelity recording of the marine landscape.

Contact: Malcolm Perry

WA Argon Isotope Facility

image of 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

WA Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Facility

Marble Bar rock formation by Graeme Churchard (Wikicommons)

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

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