Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output 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.

45 9.55 9.40

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 16 3.67 3.67
Physical Sciences 12 0.77 0.62
Chemistry 21 5.64 5.64
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.16 0.16

Highlight of the month

Catching protons on the hop



The polymeric membrane central to many electrochemical devices could be improved following a study investigating how protons pass through them. 

Polymeric membranes are used in hydrogen fuel cells, the devices that were first used to power space probes, and are now of interest for hydrogen-powered cars. Fuel cells break apart hydrogen gas to release electrons and protons. The electrons power circuitry or an electric motor, while the protons cross the fuel cell to react with oxygen, and form water vapour. A proton-permeable membrane ensures proper fuel cell functioning by separating the hydrogen splitting and water- forming processes.

A team led by Deakin University researchers have used nuclear magnetic resonance to study how protons transfer across a new type of proton-permeable membrane called a polymeric ionic liquid. The study reveals the structural rearrangements around a key ammonium component of the membrane as a proton hops across it. The knowledge should lead to the development of polymeric ionic liquid membranes with improved electrochemical performance.

Supported content

  1. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8, 5355–5359 (2017). doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02439

View the article on the Nature Index

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Top articles by Altmetric score in current window

Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Top predators constrain mesopredator distributions

Nature Communications


Improved color constancy in honey bees enabled by parallel visual projections from dorsal ocelli

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


ATG-dependent phagocytosis in dendritic cells drives myelin-specific CD4+T cell pathogenicity during CNS inflammation

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 58.45% Domestic
  • 41.55% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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