4 May 2015:
A new Review paper has been published by CNBP researcher Dr Yong Liu.
ABSTRACT: In the past decades, great efforts have been developed for neurobiologists and neurologists to restore nervous system functions. Recently much attention has been paid to electrical stimulation (ES) of the nervous system as a potential way to repair it. Various conductive biocompatible materials with good electrical conductivity, biocompatibility, and long-term ES or electrical stability have been developed as the substrates for ES. In this review, we summarized different types of materials developed in the purpose for ES of nervous system, including conducting polymers, carbon nanomaterials and composites from conducting polymer/carbon nanomaterials. The present review will give our perspective on the future research directions for further investigation on development of ES particularly on the nerve system.
Electroactive biocompatible materials for nerve cell stimulation, (Review), M. Yang, Y. Liang, Q. Gui, J. Chen, and Y. Liu; 31 March 2015, Vol: 2,Page: 042001. DOI:10.1088/2053-1591/2/4/042001.
The full article can be downloaded: http://iopscience.iop.org/2053-1591/2/4/042001/
21 April 2015: Visitors from UoA and MQ to RMIT:
The confocal microscope at RMIT has been the object of several visits lately, most notably Hannah Brown (April 16 & 17), a researcher from University of Adelaide, and Ishan Rastogi (April 20-25), a PhD student from Macquarie University.
Hannah was kind enough to give an introductory presentation about epigenetics to the RMIT team, and used the microscope to investigate some fixed cells that she brought with her.
Ishan also brought some samples with him, but with less focus on the biological side – he is in the process of benchmarking the flourescence of nanodiamonds.
21 April 2015:
Hydrogen peroxide plays an important role in reproductive health, and recent work from the University of Adelaide node has looked at different ways of detecting hydrogen peroxide in sperm and embryos. Recent advances in non-invasively monitoring hydrogen peroxide concentrations near developing embryos were presented at two international conferences.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Congress is a biannual event which gathered 14,000 Chemists from around the world at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This work was presented in the Division of Organic Chemistry in a poster entitled “Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing for Reproductive Health”.
An Optics and Optoelectronics conference is run by SPIE in Prague every second year, with over 700 attendees this year at the Clarion Congress Hotel. A paper entitled “Localised Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing for Reproductive Health” was presented at the Optical Sensors Conference along with a presentation from University of Adelaide researcher Matthew Henderson on localised pH sensing.
17 April 2015
Photoswitchable Membranes Based on Peptide-Modified Nanoporous Anodic Alumina: Toward Smart Membranes for On-Demand Molecular Transport. Tushar Kumeria, Jingxian Yu, Mohammed Alsawat, Mahaveer D. Kurkuri, Abel Santos, Andrew D. Abell and Dusan Losic
Article first published online: 8 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201500473
8 April 2015 2015
The Correlation of Electrochemical Measurements and Molecular Junction Conductance Simulations in β-Strand Peptides” John R. Horsley, Dr. Jingxian Yu and Prof. Andrew D. Abellin Chemistry-A European Journal (IF: 5.696).
Link to article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/chem.201406451/full
2 April 2015:
Honours student Nur Diana Nordin from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide will be working on a transdisciplinary project between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Drs Jingxian Yu and Hu Zhang. She will be working on nanomaterials for controlled drug delivery.
CNBP Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu has coauthored a paper in Ionics ‘Lithium vanadium phosphate as cathode material for lithium ion batteries’ with collaborators at Wuhan, China
The full article can be downloaded: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11581-015-1405-3
30 March 2015:
CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng visited Lockleys Primary School (Adelaide) as part of the Scientists in Schools Program. She was impressed by the enthusiasm of the curious and very bright Year 5 and Year 6 students, after being ‘peppered with questions’ about the life of a scientist, what it is that they do and how to become one.
3 March 2015: #CNBP update:
Our CNBP Social media tracker Dr Mel McDowall shares highlights from February: http://sfy.co/b0J5D
27 February 2015: Find out more about the Spark of Life:
CNBP Research Fellow Dr Mel McDowall was recently interviewed by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, creator of “Fertility Friday”, about the basic biology of eggs, sperm and getting pregnant.