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 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

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 August 2017 - 31 July 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.

57 10.10

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 2.55
Chemistry 13 4.29
Life Sciences 24 2.43
Physical Sciences 17 1.69

Highlight of the month

Managing contamination from mines

© Pal Szilagyi Palko/EyeEm/Getty

© Pal Szilagyi Palko/EyeEm/Getty

By investigating the contamination produced by mine sites, scientists could find ways to better manage a major industrial pollutant.

Acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) is produced when iron sulphide minerals like pyrite are exposed to both oxygen and water. Managing the risks of AMD to human health and the environment is one of the mining industry’s key challenges.

Now, a team of scientists in Australia, including researchers from the University of South Australia, has investigated how the impact of galvanization, in which a protective layer of zinc is produced during the oxidation of pyrite, affects AMD.

The researchers studied how the presence of other metal sulfide minerals, such as galena and sphalerite, affects pyrite oxidation and found that the formation of a galvanic cell in which the cathode is protected and the anode is dissolved reduces the oxidation of pyrite.

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  1. Environmental Science and Technology 52, 5349−5357 (2018). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b05558

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 68.05% Domestic
  • 31.95% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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