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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

Count Share
55 11.64

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 16 1.72
Chemistry 26 7.04
Physical Sciences 18 3.66
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.18

Highlight of the month

Moth’s nanomirrors reflect night light to attract mates

© Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark/Getty

© Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark/Getty

Wing patches on the night-flying male Dot-underwing moth, which appear to change in size with viewing angle due to nanosized ‘mirror’ scales, might attract the opposite sex.

Nocturnal butterflies and moths had been thought to rely almost exclusively on the release of pheromones for sexual communication.

Now, researchers at Australia’s Deakin University and colleagues have studied how different parts of the wings of male and female Eudocima materna interact with light.

Taking a close-up look at their wings using scanning electron microscopy, the team discovered stacked, nanosized mirror scales in three dark patches on the forewings of males. The patches appear to change in size due to the way the scales interact with dim light when the male vigorously vibrates its wings before flying towards a female.

Supported content

  1. Current Biology 29, 2919–2925 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.005

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 47.34% Domestic
  • 52.66% International

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

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

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