The University of South Australia (UniSA)


In 2016, the University of South Australia (UniSA) celebrates its 25th birthday. We are a young university, continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. As Australia’s University of Enterprise, the spirit of enterprise runs through everything we do.

Our research is inspired by challenges and opportunities, partnered with end-users and communities, and underpinned by excellence. We work collaboratively with our partners right from the conception of a research idea, allowing our research directions to be shaped by their opportunities and challenges.

UniSA’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 97 per cent of our research rated at or above world-class standard (Excellence for Research in Australia 2015). This is an impressive result for a young university, and we are proud of our achievements.

Our research culture is vibrant, outward facing and responsive. We pride ourselves on our capacity to create interdisciplinary teams that can tackle significant real-world challenges, and our researchers strive to make a difference outside the world of academe.

We are globally connected and engaged, helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. Our teaching is industry-informed, our research inventive and adventurous, and focused on creating impact. Through our research, we create knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of South Australia (UniSA) published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 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.

32 3.67 3.67

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 10 0.73 0.73
Life Sciences 13 0.74 0.74
Chemistry 13 2.63 2.63

Highlight of the month

Smoke signals on the breath

© Erik Jonsson/EyeEm /Getty

© Erik Jonsson/EyeEm /Getty

Nicotine can be directly detected in breath without the need for lengthy lab tests.

Breathalysers are commonly used for alcohol tests but on-the-spot screening for smaller molecules found in drugs, usually in saliva, can be unreliable and require further analysis in the lab.

A team including researchers from the University of South Australia made a breathalyser by inserting a porous silicon chip into a straw and used it to capture the breath from a habitual cigarette smoker. Laser excitation of the silicon surface revealed which molecules were present in the breath without interference, and revealed nicotine in the same concentrations as other lab-based screening methods.

The technique represents a promising step towards instant breath analysis for evidence of illegal drugs or biomarkers, molecules that could diagnose diseases.

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  1. Chem. Commun. 53, 5224-5226 (2017). doi: 10.1039/C7CC00243B

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 52.65% Domestic
  • 47.35% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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