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 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 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
61 12.72

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 28 8.08
Physical Sciences 18 3.50
Life Sciences 18 1.72
Earth & Environmental Sciences 7 0.47

Highlight of the month

An atom-thick heat diffuser for devices



Single-atom-thick sheets of boron nitride are both highly electrically insulating and good conductors of heat, making them ideal for getting rid of unwanted heat in small electronic devices.

The increasing miniaturization of devices has made it more important than ever to control the build-up of heat in them. This requires using materials that conduct heat away efficiently but are also electrical insulators. However, such materials are notoriously difficult to find because good thermal conductors tend to be good electrical conductors.

A team led by researchers at Deakin University in Australia has found that a single-atom-thick sheet of hexagonal boron nitride — a highly electrically insulating material — has the second largest thermal conductivity of all semiconductors and insulators.

Coupled with its other favourable properties that include outstanding strength, good flexibility and high chemical stability, this makes atomically thin boron nitride promising for dissipating unwanted heat in many applications, particularly the next generation of flexible electronic devices.

Supported content

  1. Science Advances 5, eaav0129 (2019). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav0129

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 49.31% Domestic
  • 50.69% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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