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A short course in Practical Petroleum Systems Analysis


WA-OIGC wins ARC LIEFP grant awarded for GCXGCTOF MS


Professor Kliti Grice awarded Discovery and DORA 3 fellowship to continue mass extinction, recovery of life and novel organic tools to date oil


Professors Kliti Grice and Lorenz Schwark, Dr Steve Barnes (CSIRO) win prestigous Stocker Fellowship


Launch of Minerals Down Under Cluster Collaboration

Australian Journal of Mining article

Welcome to Professor Lorenz Schwark

We welcome Prof. Lorenz Schwark from the University of Kiel, Germany. Lorenz has been appointed on sabbatical for 6 months supported by CSIRO Organic Geochemistry of Mineral Systems Cluster. Please feel free to contact Lorenz on OGMS. Lorenz is a Professor of Geology & Organic Geochemistry, obtained a PhD in Geology & Geochemistry from Aachen University. He has published over 90 international research papers including several in Nature, Nature Geoscience.

Curtin Top-ranked for Earth Sciences Research – ERA results

Curtin Top-ranked for Earth Sciences Research-ERA results The Federal Government has announced the results of its Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 of Australian Higher Education Institutions. Based on measures of research quality and productivity aggregated over the period 2006 to 2010, Curtin was awarded the highest possible ranking of 5 for Geochemistry, 5 for Geology and 5 for the Earth Sciences discipline overall, indicating “outstanding performance well above world standard”. This is outstanding recognition for the quality and impact of research in WA-OIGC (Department of Chemistry) and Department of Applied Geology and allied research groups within WASM and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Full results are published on the Australian Research Council website.

The Western Australian Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre (WA-OIGC) is an internationally recognised Centre contributing to world-class research aiming to:

Increase the ability to identify and age new crude oil & gas sources, to the benefit of petroleum exploration; Increase the ability to identify unconventional petroleum reserves; Understanding the role of organic geochemistry/ organic matter in mineral formation; Evolution of Life in Earth's history and Geobiology; Sustaining our Changing Environments;

Research in current priority areas at Curtin: Application areas of biomarker & compound specific isotope research include the study of climatic trends both past & present (including mass extinctions), issues concerning environmental sustainability research (e.g., water, sediments and soil) as well as assisting the full realisation of Australia‘s natural resources (e.g., petroleum & mineral exploration)

These application areas are consistent with the ARC National Research Priorities (i.e., Environmentally sustainable Australia – developing deep Earth resources – water a critical resource). Curtin has identified "Resources & Energy and Sustainable Development and Technologies" as key research themes.

Research Focus Areas include:

  1. Petroleum & Minerals
  2. Paleoclimate (recent- ancient)
  3. Biochemical Pathways in Organisms
  4. Pollution & Sustaining the Environment