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 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017 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.

51 12.19 12.11

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 13 1.01 0.93
Chemistry 22 6.75 6.75
Life Sciences 21 5.26 5.26
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.59 0.59

Highlight of the month

Smart and strong

© Patrick Strattner/Getty

© Patrick Strattner/Getty

Two-dimensional boron nitride (BN) nanosheets are as strong as diamond, but are lighter, have greater flexibility, and could be used to create flexible and highly resistant smart technologies, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

Atomically thin layers of BN nanosheets have unique physical and electrical properties that could be used in a range of applications, such as nanoelectromechanical systems and sensing technologies. While scientists have a good grasp of the electrical properties of BN, a complete understanding of its mechanical properties is still lacking.

By examining the mechanical properties of single- and few-layer BN nanosheets, an international team of scientists, including researchers from Deakin University, have discovered that they are one of the strongest insulating materials available. Moreover, their strong interlayer interactions and thermal stability make them ideal for mechanical reinforcement applications.

These properties indicate BN nanosheets could be used to create almost unbreakable smart technologies.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 8, 15815 (2017). doi: 10.1038/ncomms15815

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Invasive predators and global biodiversity loss

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


Top predators constrain mesopredator distributions

Nature Communications


1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 51.95% Domestic
  • 48.05% 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.

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