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University teddy bear is cover model

Posted on 30 August 2017

The cover image on the current issue of ChemComm was inspired by the Parkin group’s review of their recent advances in developing a transformative new technique for bioelectrochemistry.

University of York teddy bear

Since arriving in York five years ago, Dr Alison Parkin and her research team have worked closely with their Australian collaborator, Professor Alan Bond from Monash University to develop his new electrochemistry methodology as a transformative technique for use in bioelectrochemistry; their ChemComm review paper details their recent successes.

Inspired by the wonderful wildlife around the University and the description of a classical voltammogram as a “duck”, Alison's journal cover artwork was inspired by the idea of the children’s fairytale ‘The Ugly Duckling’. As shown, her picture captures how her electrochemistry technique has transformed their measurements of bio-electricity into a more complex, “swan-like” response.

This new approach developed by Alison and her team enables far more sensitive, efficient and insightful measurements of the electron-transfer reactions, which control the biochemistry of life. In this way, turning an ugly duckling into a swan has provided a powerful addition to the toolkit of techniques, which help understand the electronic circuitry of life.

University of York teddy bears are available on campus but Alison makes the periodic table cushion covers herself.

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