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 March 2016 - 28 February 2017
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Curtin University published between 1 March 2016 - 28 February 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.
Outputs by subject (WFC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||32||8.14||8.14|
Highlight of the month: Curtin University
Scientists throw cold water on the existence of Martians
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Data from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity mission indicates that for millions of years the surface of Mars has been too dry to support life, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
An international team of scientists, including researchers from Curtin University, examined meteorites at Meridiani Planum — a plain close to the planet's equator — on the surface of Mars for the presence of liquid water, requisite for life.
To establish the dryness of the planet’s surface, the researchers measured how long it takes for rust to form — which depends on moisture levels — from the iron in the meteorites, to determine current chemical weathering rates.
Estimating the meteorites were exposed to weathering for millions of years, they found weathering rates were one to four orders of magnitude slower than for similar meteorites from Antarctica, the driest place on Earth, indicating Mars was too arid to support life during this period.
- Nature Communications 7, 13459 (2016). doi: 10.1038/ncomms13459
Top articles by Altmetric score:
The Astrophysical Journal Letters
1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017
International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC
- 30.52% Domestic
- 69.48% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (68 total)
- Curtin University, Australia
- Domestic institution
The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia
Australian National University (ANU), Australia
Monash University, Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Macquarie University, Australia
Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), Australia
Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (738 total)
- Curtin University, Australia
- Foreign institution
Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States of America (USA)
New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA)
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden
University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Max Planck Society, Germany
University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italy
Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- ARC Centre for Perceptive and Intelligent Machines in Complex Environments, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS), Australia
- AuScope Limited, Australia
- Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), Australia
- Australian Scientific Instruments (ASI), Australia
- Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC), Australia
- Avian Phylogenomics Project, China
- Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), Australia
- Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET), Australia
- International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Australia
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Australia
- Wisconsin Astrobiology Research Consortium (WARC), United States of America (USA)
- Wound Management Innovation CRC (WMI CRC), Australia
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