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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 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
78 15.82

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 40 10.97
Life Sciences 22 2.37
Physical Sciences 25 4.74
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 1.33

Highlight of the month

Metal mastery boosts battery life



Modifying the interfacial layer between a battery’s anode and electrolyte could be the key to making long-lasting rechargeable batteries.

One way to make very energy-dense rechargeable batteries is to fabricate the anode from pure metal (for example, lithium in the case of lithium-ion batteries or pure sodium for sodium batteries). However, as these batteries are charged and discharged, metal deposition at the anode can be uneven and produce damaging spiky strictures called dendrites, which shorten the battery’s working life.

Now, a Deakin University–led team has shown that these issues can be mitigated by using a high-concentration ionic liquid electrolyte and preconditioning the battery by applying a negative charge prior to use.

Atomic force microscopy and computer simulations revealed that these processes create a very uniform protective interfacial layer at the anode, which promotes the even deposition of metal and a long battery lifetime.

The new insights could lead to the development of longer lifetime, high-performance batteries, the researchers say.

Supported content

  1. Nature Materials 19, 1096–1101 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41563-020-0673-0

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Deakin University

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1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.4% Domestic
  • 60.6% 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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