RESOchron shows Australia can innovate and sell to global market

A world-first analytical instrument developed with AuScope funds is being sold around the world.

The new instrument, known as the RESOchron, combines two existing instruments that measure uranium, thorium, lead and helium in mineral samples.

The combination of these instruments into the RESOchron means geochemists now have a single analytical tool that provides a complete time and temperature history of any mineral from its molten state to when it cooled to the Earth’s surface conditions.

This information gives earth scientists precise insights into the formation of Australian continent.

The RESOchron was developed by Dr Brent McInnes, at the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research at Curtin University, with the co-operation of instrument manufacturers and funding from AuScope.

The new tool is being commercialised by Canberra-based Australian Scientific Instruments (ASI), which locally manufactures a range of specialist instruments for geochemists. It launched the RESOchron in 2013 and recently bought out its US partner to obtain 100% of the commercial rights.

ASI managing director, Dr Brett Godfrey, said the RESOchron was a powerful tool that greatly increased the productivity of geochemical laboratories.

“We have already sold three RESOchrons – one to John de Laeter Centre, one to China and very recently a third sale to a customer in Calgary, Canada.

“It’s still early days, and there are many geochemists who are only just becoming aware of its potential. The reaction we get from researchers when they learn about the RESOchron has been very positive.”

Dr Godfrey said the RESOchron was a great example of what how high-tech manufacturing can be created in Australia through partnerships between government, academia and he private sector.

“The RESOchron began with government in the form of AuScope funding, was developed by academia and taken to the global market through the entrepreneurship of the private sector. It shows that Australia can create, manufacture and sell innovative scientific equipment for the rest of the world.”

Caption: Professor Brent McInnes from the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research at Curtin University, developed the RESOchron with the co-operation of instrument manufacturers and funding from AuScope.

Case Study : Innovation, Sell, Global Market

Category: ECE and Geochemistry