Curtin University

Curtin University is widely recognised for its applied research that is firmly focused on solving real-world problems. With a vision is to be a recognised international leader in research and education by 2030, Curtin is committed to conducting research that changes minds, lives and the world.

Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

Our increased emphasis on research in recent years has been one of the main drivers for our rapid rise up the international rankings. In the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Curtin rose more than 100 places to be positioned amongst the top two per cent of universities worldwide.

Curtin has nine campuses in locations including PerthKalgoorlieSydneyMalaysia and Singapore.

Curtin and the Australian Technology Network

Curtin University is a member of the Australian Technology Network (ATN), a national collaborative group of five of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the nation: Curtin University, University of South Australia (UniSA), RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The ATN is committed to forging partnerships with industry and government to deliver practical results through focused research.

ATN universities educate nearly a quarter of a million students and invest over $1 billion annually in research and development through our 16,000 researchers. We have an international reach with campuses and partnerships across the globe, and all five ATN institutions are ranked inthe QS Top 50 Universities Under 50 Years of Age.

Over the last five years, more than 70 per cent of the ATN's research funding has come from industry. The ATN is also an essential participant in 20 out of 35 of Australia’s national Cooperative Research Centres (CRC). Our research genuinely provides real-world solutions to real-world problems.

Read more about the Australian Technology Network.

Research and Key Research Areas

Areas of Strength

Curtin’s research strengths are concentrated around four broad themes.It is in these areas that we will continue to concentrate our research efforts:

View a full list of our research institutes and centres.


Curtin University understands that to do high quality research, researchers and research students require access to high quality research infrastructure.

Some of the research infrastructure available includes:

John de Laeter Centre (JDLC)

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 over $25m in world-class analytical and mass spectrometry infrastructure supporting geological, marine, forensic and nuclear sciences.

Read more about the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research (JDLC).

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.

Read more about the Trace Research Advanced Clean Environment (TRACE) Facility.

Resources and Chemistry Precinct

The Resources and Chemistry Precinct houses Curtin’s Department of Chemistry and the State 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.

Read more about Curtin’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

Australasian Joint Research Laboratory for Building Information Modelling

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.

Read more about the Building Information Modelling (BIM) laboratory.

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.

Read more about the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

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.

Read more about the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE).

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute - Biosciences

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute - Biosciences (CHIRI - Biosciences) is a $35 million world-class facility. It encourages researchers to ‘think outside the box’ and to explore novel ideas. We believe this strategy is more likely to realise breakthrough new therapies for disorders that commonly afflict older aged individuals. The precinct provides laboratories and 24 specialised suites for more than 100 scientists and research students.

One laboratory will house 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.

Read more about the CHIRI - Biosciences research facilities.

Data Profile
Curtin University has 2774 data records in Research Data Australia, which cover 546 subjects areas including EARTH SCIENCES, GEOLOGY and MINERAL EXPLORATION and involve 65 group(s). All of the information provided by Curtin University can be accessed from the box on the right hand side of this page.
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