Curtin University

Department of Spatial Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy


Curtin University, School of Applied Chemistry, Kent Street,

Bentley, Western Au 6102


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Diploma in Chemistry, PhD., M.Sc. (Chemistry)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

  • Analytical Chemistry - in Forensic, Mineralogical and Archaeological Application using ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS;
  • Centre for Petroleum and Environmental Organic Geochemistry - gas and liquid chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography infrared spectrometry;
  • Clay and Ceramic Materials - development of new materials;
  • Crystallization - Use of atomic force microscopy and computer molecular modelling in the study of crystal growth, also biochemical studies in crystalliztion of lactose and the formation of kidney stones;
  • Electrochemistry and Corrosion - application of electrochemistry to problems in mineral chemistry, energy storage and corrosion;
  • Environmental Chemistry - high quality analytical techniques for the determination of trace amounts of chemicals in the environment;
  • Mineral Chemistry - recovery of gold from refractory ores, flash smelting/roasting of mineral sulfides, dissolution of iron from ilmenite, leaching of sulfide minerals, silicon smelting, the rheological properties of suspended minerals, and solution speciation studeis relating to hydrometallurgical processes;
  • Natural Plant Products Chemistry - various aspects of phytochemistry;
  • Polymer and Resin Chemistry
  • Forensic identification of wood, emulsion polymerisation of viny and acrylate esters, and biomedical applications of polymers.


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