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 June 2017 - 31 May 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 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.

52 7.53

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 14 3.22
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 2.17
Physical Sciences 13 0.95
Life Sciences 23 2.04

Highlight of the month

Nanotech that goes with the flow

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

Combining nanoscience with ‘lab-on-a-chip’ technology could enhance the efficacy and safety of a new form of therapeutics, a study led by University of South Australia researchers suggests.

Nanoparticles show great promise as drug delivery vehicles, able to ferry medicine directly into target cells. Chemists are becoming increasingly adept at tuning nanoparticle parameters such as shape, size and surface chemistry. However, the range of potential nanoparticle formulations has become so large is it difficult to identify the best one for a given task.

Craig Priest, Nicolas Voelcker, and their colleagues have shown how shrinking nanoparticle cell toxicity testing on to a miniaturized device can speed up the process. Using a credit card sized microfluidic chip, they flowed various nanoparticles over living cells to assess particle toxicity. The chip’s multiple inlets and outlets allowed up to five nanoparticles to be tested simultaneously. 

The team is now scaling up the chip design, to be able to test multiple nanoparticles against multiple cell types in a single experiment. 

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  1. Analytical Chemistry 90, 4338–4347 (2018). doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b03079

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 66.23% Domestic
  • 33.77% 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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