Curtin University

Australia

Curtin University is Australia’s most collaborative higher education provider and a prominent name in the Nature Index. Established in 1986 in Western Australia, a state rich in land, minerals and biodiversity, the university has campuses across Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. It leads major international projects in astronomy, sustainability and interconnec-tivity, with a particular focus on solving real-world problems.

Curtin is renowned for minerals and energy research. Groups from across the university undertake fundamental and applied research into mining, materials, fuel technologies and mineral economics.

Curtin is a key partner in the world’s biggest astronomy projects. The Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope capable of reaching deep into space and far back through time, making the night sky visible with better resolution than ever before. The array is a precursor project to an even larger telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), to be built in Western Australia and in South Africa. When completed, the SKA will give scientists a better understanding of the nascent Universe.

Fast and effective communication is a major challenge for large data-intensive projects like the MWA. Together with the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, a partnership between Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside Energy, Curtin is constructing a direct data-transmission line from the radio telescope’s remote location to central Perth. The partners are also building a long-range, low-power network of sensors that can provide farmers with essential information for improved crop management.

Agriculture and sustainable development are critical research programmes for Curtin University. In April 2016, Curtin joined an initiative to establish the world’s first zero-carbon solar-powered neighbourhood.

Committed to urban renewal, the university’s Greater Curtin Master Plan will transform its 114-hectare Perth campus into a major Asia-Pacific innovation precinct by 2030. The plan will drive collaboration and commercialisation, positioning Western Australia at the forefront of the knowledge economy.

As Curtin heads towards 2020, we will position ourselves as a leading global university. For more information on our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, please visit our website.

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1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Curtin University published between 1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

AC FC WFC
323 42.34 25.18

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 250 24.41 7.24
Chemistry 25 9.04 9.04
Earth & Environmental Sciences 36 7.97 7.97
Life Sciences 16 1.09 1.09

Highlight of the month

Shell-shocked mineral tells age-old secrets

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty

A mineral containing tell-tale ‘shock’ fractures could help scientists study meteorite impact sites, a paper published in Geology suggests.

A team of Australian and US scientists, including researchers from Curtin University, collected granite samples from the Santa Fe impact structure in New Mexico, where a meteorite plummeted into Earth more than one billion years ago.

The scientists’ analysis revealed that the sample contained a mix of minerals including tiny grains of a rare mineral called xenotime. These grains contained a pattern of fine fractures, which minerals form when exposed to high pressures, such as the blast of a meteorite impact.

In the same sample, zircon mineral, which shocks at pressures of more than 20 gigapascals, did not contain any fractures. The scientists therefore propose xenotime can reveal clues about which areas were once exposed to lower pressures, including impact sites that are already heavily eroded.

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  1. Geology 44, 803–806 (2016). doi: 10.1130/G38179.1

View the article on the Nature Index

1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 29.73% Domestic
  • 70.27% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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