18 May 2017:
An ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing’ (IPAS) pilot grant worth $6,000 has been awarded to CNBP researchers Dr Jingxian Yu (project lead – pictured left) and Dr Peipei Jia.
The grant will allow investigation into “double remote electrochemical addressing and optical readout of electrochemiluminescence at the nanopatterned tip of an optical fiber for the detection of biological species.”
The project has great potential to provide a versatile sensing platform for chemical sensing and medical diagnostics.
The proposed work will also bring chemists and physicists together to work in this trans-disciplinary area, with the possibility of promoting further collaborations between biological and medical scientists within IPAS and the CNBP.
2 December 2016:
CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu presented a talk at the RACI SA Physical Chemistry Symposium, held at the University of South Australia on December 2, 2016.
His talk was entitled “Peptides as electronic materials: Insights from experiment and theory”.
29 November 2016:
CNBP researchers (lead author Jingxian Yu pictured), have published a paper exploring the quantum interference effects on electronic transport in peptides. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Molecular Systems Design & Engineering’ and is accessible online.
Journal: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering.
Title: Exploiting the interplay of quantum interference and backbone rigidity on electronic transport in peptides: A step towards bio-inspired quantum interferometers.
Authors: Jingxian Yu, John R Horsley and Andrew D Abell.
Abstract: Electron transfer in peptides provides an opportunity to mimic nature for applications in bio-inspired molecular electronics. However, quantum interference effects, which become significant at the molecular level, have yet to be addressed in this context. Electrochemical and theoretical studies are reported on a series of cyclic and linear peptides of both β-strand and helical conformation, to address this shortfall and further realize the potential of peptides in molecular electronics. The introduction of a side-bridge into the peptides provides both additional rigidity to the backbone, and an alternative pathway for electron transport. Electronic transport studies reveal an interplay between quantum interference and vibrational fluctuations. We utilize these findings to demonstrate two distinctive peptide-based quantum interferometers, one exploiting the tunable effects of quantum interference (β-strand) and the other regulating the interplay between the two phenomena (310-helix).
26 October 2016:
Dr Jingxian Yu, CNBP researcher has attended the Workshop on Precision Sensing for Defence, held at the Australian National University on October 23-25th 2016. The workshop was by invitation only with the aim of presenting and discussing Australia’s strengths in precision sensing technology, and to plan for collaborative arrangements to advance Australian precision sensing thorough the newly launched Next Generation Fund.
5 June 2016:
CNBP Researcher, Dr Jingxian Yu, from the University of Adelaide, presented recent research on “Peptide-Based Quantum Interferometers and Their Sensing Applications” at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Processes in Organic Materials in Lucca, Italy, from 5-10 June 2016.
At the conference, chemists, physicists and materials scientists from all over the world addressed the key challenges in the field related to photophysical and charge transport processes in organic materials and discussed how molecular architectures could provide new and enhanced functionalities.
1 June 2016:
CNBP researcher from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jingxian Yu, was invited by several academic facilities in both China and Israel to disseminate his recent research. Lectures were given to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University, China, Professor David Cahen’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Department of Materials Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Whilst in China, Jingxian initialised the collaboration on electron transport in single molecules with Professor Wenjing Hong. He also met Professors Deying Wu, Shoufa Han, Dongping Zhan, and Jiawei Yan.
In Israel, he met Professors David Cahen, Mudi Sheves, Ron Naaman, and Drs Ayelet Vilan, Cunlan Guo, Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Professors Nurit Ashkenasy, Gonen Ashkenasy, Raz Jelinek, Hanna Rapaport and Drs Ronit Bitton, Mark Schvartzman, Hadar Ben Yoav, and Yifat Miller at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Networking provided a number of possible future collaborations.
June 1, 2016: School of Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, China
June 13, 2016: Professor David Cahen Group, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
June 14, 2016: Department of Materials Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
10 May 2016:
CNBP scientists have authored a new paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta. Details follow below.
Publication title: Turning electron transfer ‘on-off’ in peptides through side-bridge gating.
Authors: Jingxian Yu, , John R. Horsley and Andrew D. Abell.
Abstract: Electrochemical studies are reported on a series of peptides to determine the influence of different side-chains and backbone rigidity on electron transfer, to progress the field of molecular electronics. Specifically, these peptides share either a common helical or β-strand conformation to cover a range of secondary structures, to fully investigate the influence of backbone rigidity. Two types of side-chain tethers, either triazole-containing or alkene-containing, are also compared to investigate these effects on electron transfer. Our results showed that the observed formal potentials (Eo) and electron transfer rate constants (ket) fall into two distinct groups. The peptides constrained via a side-chain tether exhibited high formal potentials and low electron transfer rate constants, whereas the linear peptides displayed low formal potentials and high electron transfer rate constants. This was found to occur irrespective of the backbone conformation, or the nature of the side-chain constraint. The vast formal potential shifts (as much as 482 mV) and the large disparity in the electron transfer rate constants (as much as 97%) between the constrained and linear peptides, provides two distinct states (i.e. on/off) with a sizeable differential, which is ideal for the design of molecular switches.
The research paper is available online.
23 March 2016:
Jingxian Yu, CNBP Research Fellow is co-author on a new paper published in the journal ‘Energies’.
Paper title: Electrochemical Mechanism for FeS2/C Composite in Lithium Ion Batteries with Enhanced Reversible Capacity.
Authors: Shengping Wang and Jingxian Yu
Abstract: Nanoscale FeS2 was synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method and was decorated by hydrothermal carbonization (FeS2@C). The structural properties of the synthesized materials detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD), together with the morphologies characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicated that the hydrothermal carbonization only had an impact on the morphology of pyrite. Additionally, the electrochemical performance of the coated pyrite in Li/FeS2 batteries was evaluated by galvanostatic discharge-charge tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results showed that the initial capacity of FeS2@C was 799.2 mAh·g−1 (90% of theoretical capacity of FeS2) and that of uncoated FeS2 was only 574.6 mAh·g−1. XRD and ultraviolet (UV) visible spectroscopy results at different depths of discharge-charge for FeS2 were discussed to clarify the electrochemical mechanism, which play an important part in Li/FeS2 batteries.
The paper is accessible online.
12 October 2015:
CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jingxian Yu and Dr John Horsley, were invited by several academic facilities in Wuhan, China, to disseminate their recent research.
Lectures were given to the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China University of Geosciences (CUG), and Central China Normal University (CCNU).
A number of ‘flyers’ were circulated defining the role of the CNBP, in the hope of inspiring bright, enthusiastic students and academics alike to consider a move to Australia.
Whilst in Wuhan, they also had the opportunity and pleasure of visiting CNBP partner, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (HUST), and the Key Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers of the Ministry of Education, at Wuhan University.
Networking provided a number of possible future collaborations, including electron transport in single molecules, with Professors Shan Jin and Shenghua Liu (CCNU), and peptide-based nanocarriers for drug delivery, with Prof Xianzheng Zhang (Wuhan University).
8 October 2015:
Dr Jingxian Yu, CNBP researcher, has given an oral presentation at ISE 2015, the 66th Annual Meeting of The International Society of Electrochemistry, held on 4-9 October 2015, in Taipei, Taiwan.
The title of the presentation was: “Tunable Peptide-Based Molecular Wires: Experimental Evidence and Theoretical Insights.”
The ISE meeting is organised annually and is attended by more than 1,200 scientists and engineers from around the globe.
At the meeting, Dr Yu was invited by the Guest Editor for Symposium 11, Professor Flavio Maran, to submit a contribution for the upcoming Special Issue of Electrochimica Acta (Impact factor = 4.5). Submission to the special issue is based on invitation only.