Deakin University Australia


Deakin University has a connected approach to solving global challenges. We bring together different schools of thinking and people across disciplines to translate ideas into solutions for some of the biggest, most complex global challenges. Our research is guided by five themes:

Enabling a sustainable world

By placing sustainability at the centre of all our research, we help to prioritise the protection of all species, advance a circular economy and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions. This applies to our research in land, air and marine ecosystems, renewable energy and resource management technologies – resulting in positive outcomes for our local and global communities.

Improving health and wellbeing

We’re driving research that improves lives – locally and globally – in meaningful ways. Our research addresses the world’s most significant health challenges at individual and population levels. With global partners and local communities, we’re working to highlight inequities, improve health care systems of prevention and management, and identify innovative technological solutions.

Advancing society, culture and the economy

We’re helping to strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business. Australia’s heritage, First Nations’ knowledge and inter-cultural histories inform our solutions for a sustainable, inclusive society. We’re looking to the past and the future to strengthen inclusive societies, prioritise education and build resilient communities.

Creating smarter technologies

We’re developing technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society. Our research focuses on a human-centred approach to developing technologies for education, health, manufacturing and defence. We’re creating technologies that improve people’s lives while playing a key role in Australia’s economic future – delivering valuable outcomes for industry and the community.

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to developing cutting edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical, innovative solutions to global security problems. Addressing challenges from extremist and violent behaviours, to cyber-crime, to personal and global security, our researchers work with communities, organisations and government to develop technologies and translational knowledge that result in safer communities.

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Date range: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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.

Article Count and Share for Deakin University
Count Share
61 15.61

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
22 2.75
11 2.20
12 2.95
22 9.33

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
12.79 13.51 12.66 15.60 23.08

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Highlight of the month

Peptide helps keep graphene sheets apart


Molecular simulations have revealed how a small protein helps to form dispersions of graphene sheets in water from a graphite stack.

Suspensions of single-atom-thick sheets of graphene in water are promising for many biomedical applications, including tissue engineering, drug delivery and biosensors.

A few peptides — short strings of amino acids — are known to help graphene sheets peel off from graphite in water, but just how they do this was unknown.

Now, by performing molecular simulations, three researchers from Deakin University in Australia have uncovered the mechanism for the first time.

The trio found that the peptide actually increases the vibrational energy needed to separate graphene sheets from the graphite stack. But it also makes it much less likely that the graphene sheets will reunite once the vibrational energy has been turned off.

Thus, overall, the peptide aids the formation of stable dispersions of graphene in water.

Supported content


  1. The Journal Physical Chemistry Letters 12, 11945−11950 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c03558

View the article on the Nature Index

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Date range: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 31.49% Domestic
  • 68.51% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators with Deakin University by Share (45 total)

  1. Deakin University and Monash University (5.78)
    Deakin University1.50
    Monash University4.28
  2. Deakin University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) (3.73)
    Deakin University1.37
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)2.36
  3. Deakin University and The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) (3.35)
    Deakin University0.65
    The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)2.70
  4. Deakin University and University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) (1.30)
    Deakin University0.12
    University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)1.18
  5. Deakin University and La Trobe University (1.16)
    Deakin University0.94
    La Trobe University0.22
  6. Deakin University and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Baker IDI) (1.10)
    Deakin University0.14
    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Baker IDI)0.96
  7. Deakin University and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (0.86)
    Deakin University0.18
    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health0.67
  8. Deakin University and Centre for Geometric Biology (CGB) (0.79)
    Deakin University0.14
    Centre for Geometric Biology (CGB)0.64
  9. Deakin University and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (0.78)
    Deakin University0.56
    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)0.22
  10. Deakin University and Boron Molecular Inc. (0.75)
    Deakin University0.45
    Boron Molecular Inc.0.30

Top 10 international collaborators with Deakin University by Share (801 total)

  1. Deakin University and The University of Warwick (Warwick) (1.88)
    Deakin University0.14
    The University of Warwick (Warwick)1.75
  2. Deakin University and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (1.75)
    Deakin University1.26
    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)0.49
  3. Deakin University and Fuzhou University (FZU) (1.04)
    Deakin University0.25
    Fuzhou University (FZU)0.79
  4. Deakin University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (1.00)
    Deakin University0.58
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU)0.42
  5. Deakin University and Quanzhou Normal University (0.96)
    Deakin University0.73
    Quanzhou Normal University0.23
  6. Deakin University and University of Miami (UM) (0.94)
    Deakin University0.47
    University of Miami (UM)0.47
  7. Deakin University and State University of Londrina (UEL) (0.93)
    Deakin University0.03
    State University of Londrina (UEL)0.90
  8. Deakin University and Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (0.93)
    Deakin University0.83
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)0.10
  9. Deakin University and Clemson University (0.93)
    Deakin University0.79
    Clemson University0.14
  10. Deakin University and University of Michigan (U-M) (0.92)
    Deakin University0.75
    University of Michigan (U-M)0.17