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Key facilities and research groups

TIGeR researchers have access to a number of key facilities, laboratories and centres for geological science, spatial science and geochemical science, and comprise a number of key research groups.

John de Laeter Centre

John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research

This centre is a collaborative research venture involving Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, the CSIRO and The Geological Survey of Western Australia. It hosts world-class analytical and mass spectrometry infrastructure in key facilities that support research in geosciences, including geochronology, thermochronology and isotope studies; environmental science and global change, and mineralogy and resource geology, such as minerals and petroleum.

Contact: Brent McInnes

Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry

The Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry (WA-OIG) group

The WA-OIG houses an extensive suite of world class analytical equipment for the separation and characterisation of organic constituents, and a new paleogenomics lab. WA-OIG has facilities that can measure individual stable carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulfur isotopic compositions of organics from a wide variety of complex samples, including petroleum, mineral deposits, volatile organic compounds, extant organisms, and modern and ancient sedimentary environments.

Contact: Kliti Grice

Palaeomagnetism laboratory

Palaeomagnetism laboratory

We have a palaeomagnetic laboratory for studying regional and global palaeogeography, and dating sedimentary rocks using magnetostratigraphy and environmental studies. Key instruments include a 2G 4k-DC cryogenic magnetometer, a MMVFTB variable field translation balance, a Bartington MS2 meter, an AGICO Kappabridge and an automated 2G cryogenic magnetic magnetometer installed inside a magnetic shielded room, plus a range of accessory instruments.

Contact: Zheng-Xiang Li

Centre for Exploration Targeting

The Curtin node of the Centre for Exploration Targeting

The Centre for Exploration Targeting is a research institution devoted to enhancing the quality of discoveries made in mineral exploration. Our research integrates geochronology, which provides the temporal framework for mineralisation, and isotope geology, which provides the crustal architecture and geodynamic setting, over a range of scales, to understand, predict and locate metallogenesis from proximal to distal footprint.

Contact: Chris Kirkland

Desert Fireball Network

Desert Fireball Network (DFN)

The DFN is a continent-scale observational facility designed to track meteorites entering our atmosphere, determine their origin in the solar system, and fall position on the Earth’s surface for later recovery by field parties. It provides much needed context information for extra-terrestrial materials, and samples for TIGeR cosmochemists and geochronologists. Fireballs in the Sky is a parallel outreach project.


Experimental geochemistry of rock-fluid systems laboratory

The facility is capable of experiments covering the full range of crustal and uppermost mantle pressure and temperature conditions. It includes titanium and polytetra-fluoroethylene (Teflon®) batch reactors and furnaces, a flow-through hydrothermal apparatus and two end-loaded piston cylinder apparatus.

TIGeR has also invested in a new hydrothermal laboratory at the Research School of Earth Sciences, (RSES) Australian National University, which allows TIGeR researchers to use RSES’s full range of experimental equipment.

Contact: Katy Evans