Improving soil testing for research and development

Professor Peter Teasdale
Professor Peter Teasdale

Effective soil testing underpins just about all human constructed development, from agriculture to major infrastructure. An innovative soil testing process developed at Griffith University is being delivered as a new enterprise to research groups, councils and engineering firms across Australia.

Diffusive Gradient in Thin Films (DGT) facilitates the measurement of time integrated water concentration of dissolved pollutants. It is an alternative to grab sampling techniques, which only represent single points in time. The technique is an important and inexpensive information gathering process for engineering, mining and environmental companies, governments and other universities.

Griffith is one of the only universities in Australia capable of delivering DGT sampling through Dr William Bennett and Professor Peter Teasdale of Environmental Futures Research Institute. Griffith Enterprise has been working with Dr Bennett since 2014 to maximise the business opportunities from our substantial market advantage.

Following successful Australian Research Council and Griffith University Research Infrastructure Program equipment grants, Dr Bennett and Prof Teasdale have substantial business possibilities. Current clients include University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, James Cook University, Central Queensland University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Sun Metals Corporation, URS Australia, Maxxam Analytics (Canada).