Flinders University


Flinders University is a globally connected, locally engaged institution that exemplifies teaching, learning and research excellence.

As co-occupants of the Flinders Medical Centre and a founding member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Flinders maintains its impressive tradition of fundamental discoveries and translation of our research across a range of Medical, Health, Clinical and Mental Health research areas. Leading Biomedical Engineering, Assistive Technologies and Digital Health researchers are also a vital component of our significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in our community and across the world.

Our research in Molecular Science and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Digital Health, Water and the Environment is translated into benefits for the community through our robust network of partnerships with organisations and industries, together delivering real-world solutions.

We contribute to our understanding of the world around us by diving deep into the past through our outstanding History, Archaeology and Palaeontology research, and we tackle today’s pressing social issues such as crime, the future of work and the social determinants of health equity.

90 per cent of our research has been ranked at or above world class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Flinders University’s main campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide’s inner south is spread across 165 hectares of beautiful natural bushland featuring thousands of trees and an array of wildlife. Our natural assets are complemented by an impressive new hub and plaza development at the very heart of the campus. A leading university for student experience, Flinders is rated number 1 in Australia across 9 International Student Barometer categories.

Our award-winning Computer, Science, Engineering and Mathematics facilities at the nearby Tonsley campus are located within South Australia’s premier Innovation District, facilitating our engagement with companies committed to the development and application of advanced technologies.

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 June 2017 - 31 May 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.

17 4.27

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 11 2.23
Physical Sciences 2 0.84
Chemistry 3 1.15
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.16

Highlight of the month

Zapping a new approach to solar cells

© David Trood/DigitalVision/Getty

© David Trood/DigitalVision/Getty

Popping phosphorus into a laboratory microwave is a quick and convenient method for making single-atom-thick sheets of the material, research led by Flinders University has shown.

Just like carbon gains super-properties when slimmed down to its 2D form graphene, so does phosphorene, the 2D form of phosphorus. The material boasts excellent electron mobility, for example, and has been shown to be a powerful electrocatalyst.

Now, an Australian research team has shown that phosphorene could boost the performance of dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs). Although touted as a potential low-cost alternative to silicon solar cells, DSSCs require the rare and expensive precious metal platinum for one key electrocatalytic component of the cell. 

The team has now shown sheets of black phosphorus just a few atomic layers thick, made by microwave-assisted liquid-phase exfoliation, are a promising DSSC electrocatalyst. The DSSCs they fabricated using this material had a photovoltaic efficiency of 8.31 per cent, outperforming expensive platinum-based cells.

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  1. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57, 2644–2647 (2018). doi: 10.1002/anie.201712280

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In situ modeling of multimodal floral cues attracting wild pollinators across environments

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


Chemo- and Regioselective Lysine Modification on Native Proteins

Journal of the American Chemical Society


1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 48.41% Domestic
  • 51.59% 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.

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