From the art desk
We wanted the illustration to demonstrate the integration of humanities and technology. Therefore, we chose Suzhou double-sided embroidery to show our idea.
The chemical elements were cleverly integrated as goldfish, aquatic plants, and lake stones. Three goldfish in the figure represent three kinds of reaction starting materials, which reflects a harmonious relationship with the natural phase. The red chemical structure in the center of the picture is DIPEA (N,N-diisopropylethylamine) – it looks like a shrimp, which is attaching on aquatic plants, as if to avoid predation by the goldfish. The bubbles in the figure represent the oxidant oxygen, which promotes a faster reaction. The lake stones below the aquatic plants represent the reaction products.
There are two seals on the left side of the cover. The above one reads 'Suzhou' in Chinese, which represents the origin place of the paper. The following one reads 'selenium' in Chinese, which represents our research interest in selenium chemistry.
Read the article
Yi Fang et al, Green Chem, 2017, 19, 1613–1618, DOI: 10.1039/C6CG03521C
This image appears on the front cover of Green Chemistry, 2017, Issue 7.