Curtin University of Technology’s new $116 million Resources and Chemistry Precinct — one of the largest centres of resources, energy and chemistry research and education in the Southern Hemisphere — will be opened today by Premier Colin Barnett.By Shaun Ratcliff | Campus and community; Research; Engineering and mining; Physical sciences and mathematics
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An international research team led by Curtin University of Technology’s Associate Professor Grant Wardell-Johnson is exploring the possibility that granite outcrops may act as a refuge for some WA plants by helping them survive in a warmer climate.By Shaun Ratcliff | Research; Agriculture, environment and sustainability
Curtin University of Technology graduate Adrian Murdock has been awarded two of the most prestigious scholarships available in the UK, the Commonwealth Scholarship and the Clarendon Research Scholarship.
With a combined value of $250,000, the scholarships will enable Mr Murdock to study at the University of Oxford for three years while completing a DPhil in Materials. During his studies Mr Murdock will work alongside some of the world’s best scientists in the fast paced field of nanotechnology.By Shaun Ratcliff | Campus and community; Research; Physical sciences and mathematics
This December, Curtin University of Technology students will host the inaugural Australian stage of the international robotics competition, iNexus.
Held at Curtin’s Bentley Campus, this competition is an opportunity for students to build their own robots to contend against other teams from across Australia, with the winners going on to compete against the world’s best in India.By Shaun Ratcliff | Campus and community; Physical sciences and mathematics
Young Perth scientist Emily Twiggs is using Ningaloo Reef’s history to help predict the future of coral reefs in a constantly changing world.
Ningaloo is well-known as one of the best natural laboratories to monitor the response of coral reefs to changes in the Earth’s climate. Its pristine waters and untouched corals may provide a clear picture of the impact climate change can have on the natural environment.By Shaun Ratcliff | Research; Agriculture, environment and sustainability