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 2017 - 30 September 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 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.

57 14.04

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 16 2.04
2 0.23
1 0.06
4 0.24
1 0.05
3 0.39
3 0.87
1 0.06
1 0.14
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.11
Chemistry 26 7.95
Physical Sciences 24 5.88

Highlight of the month

Nanosheets dissipate heat in all directions



A material that may prevent overheating in microscale electronics without causing short circuits has been created from graphene-like sheets.

Boron nitride nanosheets have been considered as heat sinks for computer chips because they can quickly dissipate heat, without conducting electricity. However, their desirable thermal conductivity occurs only in the plane of the nanosheets, not perpendicular to it.

Now, researchers from Deakin University have synthesized boron nitride pellets that exhibit high thermal conductivity in every direction. They compressed boron nitride nanosheets in a 2,000°C furnace while applying strong electrical pulses. X-ray and microscopy observations showed that this process caused the nanosheets to enlarge and pack into grains with random configurations.

Heat-dissipation measurements revealed that the chaotic grain structure of the pellets could rapidly reduce the temperature of a 100°C hot spot, no matter which way the material was facing.

Supported content

  1. Advanced Functional Materials 28, 1707556 (2018). doi: 10.1002/adfm.201707556

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


Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

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


Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems

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


1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 48.36% Domestic
  • 51.64% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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