Curtin University


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 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Curtin University published between 1 August 2016 - 31 July 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.

301 36.78 21.45

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 34 7.39 7.39
Physical Sciences 236 21.17 5.84
Chemistry 19 7.43 7.43
Life Sciences 17 1.28 1.28

Highlight of the month

Calcite crystal modelling at the small scale

© STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library/Getty

© STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library/Getty

The step-like growth of calcite crystals has been modelled on the atomic level.

Known as ‘limescale’ when it appears on water pipelines and boilers, calcium carbonate or ‘calcite’, is an abundant mineral found in sedimentary rocks. However, due to the many reactions involved, scientists as yet do not have a clear understanding of how it grows so quickly in aqueous environments. A team including researchers from Curtin University used computer simulations to map the conditions under which ions bind to calcite steps in warm water. They found that negatively charged carbonate ions preferentially bind, or ‘adsorb’, at the top edge of existing steps, release energy, and are then joined by the positively charged calcium ions. The formation of ion pairs at an acute step edge enables calcium to move more easily to a site within the crystal that promotes growth.

Accurately mapping the conditions of crystallization could guide the preparation of materials from solution, but further research is required into what limits step size.

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  1. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56, 8464–8467 (2017). doi: 10.1002/anie.201701701

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1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 30.46% Domestic
  • 69.54% 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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