The University of Wollongong (UOW)


At UOW we recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. That’s why we have established an international network of campuses, partners and bright minds to foster a supportive research community that drives real change.

Our research priorities are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems. We’ve discovered human ancestors, partnered with NASA to find clues to climate change, collaborated with Twitter to manage monsoon flooding, built a bionic bra from intelligent fabrics and invested in a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope that will allow us to move from developing treatments to finding cures.

UOW’s strategic research initiative, the Global Challenges Program, provides a distinctive environment for collaborative challenge-led research to ultimately transform lives and regions. It encourages and develops creative and community-engaged research that helps drive social, economic and cultural change in our region, with the potential to be translatable across the globe.

UOW’s strong research partnerships with world-renowned organisations and industry work towards building a sustainable and equitable future for the 21st century. Through engagement, UOW builds bridges between academics, businesses and researchers and is working with our partners to grow the Illawarra’s innovation ecosystem and pursue the uptake of disruptive technologies that deliver positive economic impacts.

Our Innovation Campus (IC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct, home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working on developing “intelligent” innovative materials; superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design and maritime law and security. IC is also home to iAccelerate, a purpose-built business incubator and accelerator, with its two-stream program being the first of its kind in Australia. iAccelerate supports students, staff and the greater Illawarra community by providing the infrastructure, mentoring and education programs for great ideas to grow and helps connect entrepreneurs with funding opportunities.

UOW is proud to be among the best modern universities in the world. Throughout our 42 years as an independent university, we’ve built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking 151-200 in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. UOW is also ranked as the 17th best modern university in the world by QS Top 50 Under 50 2018.

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Wollongong (UOW) published between 1 January 2017 - 31 December 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.

88 18.94 18.90

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 44 9.22 9.19
Chemistry 54 13.35 13.35
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 0.73 0.73
Life Sciences 12 2.93 2.93

Highlight of the month

Sticky spheres of silicon enhance electrodes

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Rechargeable batteries could deliver strong power for longer thanks to reinforced silicon spheres.

Silicon is a popular material for electrodes in rechargeable batteries, but it swells and shrinks, which eventually breaks the electrical contact. Protecting silicon inside a carbon shell can overcome this, but producing these spheres is complex and requires toxic chemicals.

A team including researchers from the University of Wollongong built an electrode from spheres of silicon in carbon shells, each with a silica core. The silica provided extra structural support while a gap between the silicon spheres and outer carbon shells accommodated swelling. The researchers then bound the nanospheres together with a mixture of cellulose and citric acid — two cheap and environmentally friendly chemicals. In a sample fuel cell, the electrode provided high electrical charge and retained 85 per cent of its original charge after 1,000 charge-discharge cycles.

These electrodes could improve the performance and safety of the next generation of rechargeable batteries.

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  1. Advanced Materials 29, 1703028 (2017). doi: 10.1002/adma.201703028

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Early human symbolic behavior in the Late Pleistocene of Wallacea

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 35.02% Domestic
  • 64.98% 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.

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