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 November 2019 - 31 October 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 November 2019 - 31 October 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
68 15.69

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 31 8.71
Life Sciences 19 2.51
Physical Sciences 24 6.30
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 1.94

Highlight of the month

Taking the heat out of electronic devices



Atomically thin sheets of isotopically pure hexagonal boron nitride have been fabricated for the first time, paving the way for their use in managing heat in flexible electronic devices.

Dramatic temperature rises can occur at hot spots in highly integrated and miniaturized devices such as microprocessors and lasers. Eliminating this waste heat can enhance the performance and life of the devices.

While materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene are excellent thermal conductors, they are also electrical conductors, making them unsuitable for direct contact with electronic devices because of the risk of short circuiting.

Now, a team that included five researchers from Deakin University in Australia has made single-atom layers of isotopically pure hexagonal boron nitride. These sheets had one of the highest thermal conductivities among electrical insulators. They also exhibited good mechanical flexibility and strength and are chemically and thermally stable, making them promising for heat management in flexible electronics.

Supported content

  1. Physical Review Letters 125, 085902 (2020). doi: 10.1103/physrevlett.125.085902

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2019 - 31 October 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 32.19% Domestic
  • 67.81% 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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