Deakin University Australia


Deakin University

Deakin University has a connected approach to solving global challenges. We bring together different schools of thinking and people across disciplines to translate ideas into solutions for some of the biggest, most complex global challenges. Our research is guided by five themes:

Enabling a sustainable world

By placing sustainability at the centre of all our research, we help to prioritise the protection of all species, advance a circular economy and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions. This applies to our research in land, air and marine ecosystems, renewable energy and resource management technologies – resulting in positive outcomes for our local and global communities.

Improving health and wellbeing

We’re driving research that improves lives – locally and globally – in meaningful ways. Our research addresses the world’s most significant health challenges at individual and population levels. With global partners and local communities, we’re working to highlight inequities, improve health care systems of prevention and management, and identify innovative technological solutions.

Advancing society, culture and the economy

We’re helping to strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business. Australia’s heritage, First Nations’ knowledge and inter-cultural histories inform our solutions for a sustainable, inclusive society. We’re looking to the past and the future to strengthen inclusive societies, prioritise education and build resilient communities.

Creating smarter technologies

We’re developing technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society. Our research focuses on a human-centred approach to developing technologies for education, health, manufacturing and defence. We’re creating technologies that improve people’s lives while playing a key role in Australia’s economic future – delivering valuable outcomes for industry and the community.

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to developing cutting edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical, innovative solutions to global security problems. Addressing challenges from extremist and violent behaviours, to cyber-crime, to personal and global security, our researchers work with communities, organisations and government to develop technologies and translational knowledge that result in safer communities.

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Date range: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Deakin University
Count Share
67 18.48

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
26 6.32
27 8.64
22 3.77
8 2.21

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
16.05 12.92 13.73 13.00 15.75

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Highlight of the month

Sulfur-rich substance cleans up oil and mercury spills

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Water contaminated with mercury, a toxic heavy metal, could be cleaned up using a simple material made from sulfur and canola oil.

Due to the strong bonds that form between sulfur and mercury, sulfur-rich materials are attracting interest for the environmental remediation of sites contaminated with mercury.

Now, a team that included Deakin University researchers has shown that a polymer made by heating sulfur and canola oil — a reaction that can be performed industrially on a multi-tonne scale — could form the basis of a mercury-absorbing material.

The polymer itself showed a modest mercury capture, but carbonizing it at 600 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes produced a material with significantly higher mercury adsorption. Mercury uptake was higher still when the polymer was used to mop up an oil spill and then carbonized, suggesting that it could have a dual use in environmental clean-ups.

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  1. Chemical Communications 57, 6296 (2021). doi: 10.1039/d1cc01555a

View the article on the Nature Index

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Date range: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.67% Domestic
  • 60.33% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators with Deakin University by Share (62 total)

  1. Deakin University and Monash University (5.63)
    Deakin University1.11
  2. Deakin University and The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) (3.30)
    Deakin University0.85
  3. Deakin University and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (3.14)
    Deakin University1.22
  4. Deakin University and University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) (2.71)
    Deakin University0.33
  5. Deakin University and The University of Queensland (UQ) (1.86)
    Deakin University0.74
  6. Deakin University and Australian National University (ANU) (1.81)
    Deakin University1.18
  7. Deakin University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) (1.75)
    Deakin University0.34
  8. Deakin University and Barwon Health (1.56)
    Deakin University0.96
  9. Deakin University and University of Wollongong (UOW) (1.48)
    Deakin University0.62
  10. Deakin University and La Trobe University (1.33)
    Deakin University0.99

Top 10 international collaborators with Deakin University by Share (378 total)

  1. Deakin University and Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT) (3.18)
    Deakin University1.77
  2. Deakin University and Qingdao University (QU) (3.13)
    Deakin University2.01
  3. Deakin University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (2.31)
    Deakin University1.60
  4. Deakin University and University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (1.81)
    Deakin University1.03
  5. Deakin University and Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) (1.71)
    Deakin University1.49
  6. Deakin University and Jilin University (JLU) (1.60)
    Deakin University0.20
  7. Deakin University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (1.50)
    Deakin University1.21
  8. Deakin University and The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) (1.43)
    Deakin University0.63
  9. Deakin University and University of Lisbon (ULISBOA) (1.02)
    Deakin University0.21
  10. Deakin University and Polymat (1.00)
    Deakin University0.88