14CHRONOS (Chronologies from High-ResolutiON Organic Separations): a centre for radiocarbon dating of specific compounds for the environmental and archaelogical sciences

  • Kershaw, Peter (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Calvo, Eva (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Chivas, Allan (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • De Deckker, Patrick (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Fifield, L (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Grave, Peter (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Murray-Wallace, Colin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Pelejero, Carles (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Potts, Daniel (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Roberts, Richard (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Turney, Christian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wyrwoll, Karl-Heinz (Chief Investigator (CI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Accurate timekeeping is central to the environmental and archaeological sciences. Radiocarbon dating is the leading geochronological technique for events of the past 50,000 years, but the issue for sample contamination remains a major source of concern. Avoidance of contaminants can be achieved through the identification of specific biomolecular compounds that unambiguously formed part of the original sample, and the isolation of these biomolecules for radiocarbon dating using accelerator mass spectrometry. Here we request funds to establish Australia's first compound-specific radiocarbon dating facility, to obtain ages of high accuracy for key studies of climate and landscape change, evolutionary biology and archaeology.
    Effective start/end date1/01/0531/12/05


    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • University of Wollongong
    • Australian National University
    • University of New England
    • University of Sydney
    • University of Western Australia
    • Monash University