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(Thermoplastic) Flower in the Sun
Submitted by Amber HubbardNorth Carolina State University Stimuli-responsive polymers have gained increasing attention for their applications ranging from soft robotic grippers to actuators. By controlling strain within thin thermoplastic sheets, these small grippers can transform into three-dimensional shapes based on a photothermal response and withstand loads >24,000 times their own mass.
With Every Fiber of Your Being
Submitted by Ariana LevittDrexel University MXene composite nanofibers fabricated by electrospinning. MXene-based fibers are promising materials for textile-based energy storage devices, sensors, antennas, and heaters. False-colored scanning electron microscopy image.
Dandelion Seed Submitted by Armin VahidMohammadiDrexel UniversityThe image is a dandelion seed, sputter coated with 5 nm of gold. The "Happy Holidays" pattern was milled by a Ga Focus Ion Beam and imaged using the scanning electron microscopy. Image Credit: Armin VahidMohammadi and Ali Hadjikhani. We also thank Sina Shahbazmohamadi for providing access to the FIB at UConn.
Submitted by Baishakhi MazumderUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkCarbon atoms obtained through three-dimensional atomic imaging in atom probe tomography (APT) are shown as the building blocks of the marble, Washington monument. The carbon atoms are impurities in a Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The same sample under scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is shown in the reflecting pool. The Washington monument is used to symbolize the location where atom probe field ion microscopy was first introduced at the Field Emission Symposium, by Erwin W. Müller and John A. Panitz.
Human and Nature in Microscopic World
Submitted by Biao JinPacific Northwest National Laboratory
The hydroxyapatite nanocrystals on dental enamel acquired by scanning electron microscopy.
Nirvana of the Phoenix
Submitted by Bo WangThe Pennsylvania State University
Electrical current density distribution in the interconnected nanoporous microstructure of ß-Li3PS4 simulated by phase-field modeling for all-solid-state Li-ion batteries
Submitted by Bongjoong KimPurdue University
SEM image of Ag nanoflakes on rough Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) showing similarities to the rock beach. The SEM image was taken using a Hitachi S-4800 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, and Ag fake colors were added using computer software without manipulation of the original image.
Fast and Furious
Submitted by Chengyi XuUniversity of California, Irvine
Fast and Furious—Gandalf is Skiing. This SEM image was captured with an acrylate elastomer sample that was fixed onto the cured epoxy glue.
Devil Fruit Submitted by Chun-Feng HuangNational University of Tainan, TaiwanScanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of zinc oxide nanoparticles shows similarity to the Devil Fruit of ONE PIECE. Zinc oxide is synthesized by electrochemical deposition. With electrochemical deposition, zinc oxide can grow different dimensional nanostructures in the same time to form heterostructures. The colors were added using Photoshop without manipulation of the original image.
Submitted by Claretta SullivanUnited States Air ForceAtomic force microscopy image showing extracellular structures produced by bacteria on a hydrophobic substrate (phase contrast image inset).
GaAs in Bloom Submitted by Elizabeth McClureRochester Institute of TechnologyScanning electron microscope image of GaAs islands during a nucleation study. False color was added to highlight the beautiful flower-like structure of the islands.
Shapeless Islands in Sea of BladesSubmitted by Francesco TintoriUniversity of CalgaryThis is a fluorescence microscope image of a thin film of an organic dye (perylene diimide derivative). The bright red color is the photoluminescence produced by the material after absorbing green light. This material, when processed with a solvent additive, on the film aggregates and forms needle shaped crystals, creating beautiful patterns and shapes. The round spots are instead amorphous leftovers of the original film.
Submitted by Hsin-Yun (Joy) ChaoUniversity of MarylandCryogenic
transmission electron microscopy image of multi-walled boron nitride
nanotubes 60 nm in diameter studded with vitrified low-density amorphous ice.
The effect resembles a classic rope candy. False color was applied to
reinforce the resemblance.
The Great Pumpkin
Submitted by Jesus RiveraUniversity of California, RiversideElectron micrograph of leaf like setae and granular warts coating the exterior of a desert beetle. False color adds the effect of a Jack o' lantern.
LiuArizona State UniversitySEM image of a
"Rooster" of ZnO nanoflakes. Magnification = 4000. Electron Beam
Voltage = 5 KV.
Submitted by Kanit
Drexel University The Nano-whale
shark is a MXene/Fe2O3 nanoparticle composite. Symbiosis of the oxide
nanoparticles in MXene whale shark is an efficient electrocatalyst for water
splitting. Hopefully, they are not too efficient that they dry the entire
ocean where their home is. This Nano-whale shark is 10 µm wide, a million
times smaller than a real whale shark.
Submitted by Kartik
Purdue UniversityMXene Chameleon waiting for MAX. A freeze dried flake of Ti3C2 MXene. The morphology and shape of the flake are preserved while rendering it to look like a Chameleon holding on to a branch under a moonlit night. The eye and the leg are artistically added to highlight the creature. Created by Kartik Nemani, Prasanna R. and Babak Anasori.
Submitted by Kyu Shik MunCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterThe H&E image shows human lung submucosal gland duct containing ciliated
cells. It plays an important role to deliver mucous to airway epithelium
surface to maintain lung healthy.
Submitted by Laura
The University of Texas at DallasFluorescence image of a shape-morphing living composite coated on a glass slide. Hybrid material is made of baker's yeast embedded in a polyacrylamide hydrogel. Only living cells that can proliferate in the patterned region are able to deform the hydrogel matrix and expand it to read the word "ALIVE". NOTE: The idea of this image is to create a lenticular moving picture that shows how the living composite morphs from flat to a 3D structure.
Blue Shining Eagle
Submitted by Liang FengTexas A&M University Have you ever
seen a blue shining eagle in the night? This image illustrates a
seed-mediated evolution of hierarchical metal-organic framework (MOF)
quaternary superstructures, which was taken by ZEISS optical microscope.
Plumose MOF with fractal structures, similar to a wing full of feathers, was
observed to grow on another MOF spherulite seed, which could be viewed as a
head of the eagle.
Alien vs. Human in Nanoworld
Submitted by Mahesh
University of Sri JayewardenepuraSilver nanonet were formed by aggregated silver nanorods. Scanning electron microscope image shows an image like alien vs human cave art in stone-age. The silver nanoparticles form an image similar to a fight between alien and human.
Submitted by Mamun SarkerUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnThe image was taken using the EMZ-13TRD microscope at NTP condition. I have grown these crystals by re-crystallization process of a small organic molecule (2-aminobenzophenone) using ethanol as a solvent; and they automatically took the shape of an English alphabet, 'N' which is the logo of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, known as the Nebraska 'N'.
Submitted by Maria LoiUniversity of GroningenPhase segregation in mixed 2D/3D metal halide perovskite films
give rise to areas of distinctly different photoluminescence as a result of
different degrees of quantum confinement. Nikon Eclipse Ti-E microscope, 40X,
488 nm laser excitation and detection through photomultiplier tubes operating
in different spectral ranges. Image size is 100 by 100 micrometers.
Universidad de Puerto RicoBright Field TEM image of spherical gold nanoparticles with a stabilizing coating of ulvan polysaccharides.
Silicon Solar Micro-cells: A Pop Art Perspective
PotterUniversity of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignTaken on an
optical microscope, this image of a Si micro-photovoltaic array was edited in
ImageJ. Given the varying oxide thicknesses, the silicon dioxide layers are
vibrantly colored when viewed under the microscope, and this image attempts
to abstractly re-create that which is lost upon rendering into a
Cyrtophora Citricola Three-dimensional Spider Web
Submitted by Markus BuehlerMassachusetts Institute of TechnologySuperposition of 400 photographs of slices of a Cyrtophora Citricola three-dimensional (3D) spider web. In each slice used, the color of the fibers represents the depth of the spider web. Using this method, we translate and appreciate the hierarchical complexity of 3D spider webs in a 2D photograph. This photograph is a direct analogy to nature's intricate hierarchical structures and connections at different scales, ranging from neurons to spider webs to stars. We created a model of the topology of the 3D web using images of slices of the web illuminated by a sliding sheet laser. This method is the first to allow automatic scanning and modelling of any type of 3D webs, which can lead to finally understanding the mechanics of 3D webs in a quantitative way.
The Great Wizard of
ZengUniversity of Notre DamePictured is the SEM image of Tellurium nanoscrolls on carbon tape substrate. Minxiang Zeng et al. developed an aerosol-jet 3D conformal printing technique that can print various types of colloidal nanoparticles including Tellurium nanoscrolls. The present SEM image has been modified using Adobe Photoshop.
MOF Nanoparticles Within Polymer Membrane
Zewail City of S&TAn SEM image of
mixed-matrix membrane of cellulose acetate and metal-organic framework (MOF)
made for water treatment, the polymer fibers (shown in blue color) entangled
with the MOF nanoparticles to make a porous flexible membrane.
Thunder in the Nano-Forest
LubnaNorth Carolina State UniversityPhoto taken during surface treatment of ultra-low-density carbon nanotubes (CNTs) foam by corona arc at atmospheric temperature and pressure. This fast surface modification technique allows us to incorporate a wide range of polymers into the 3D nano-structure eliminating the need for any aqueous-based acid treatments and multi-step purification processes. Photo Specifications: Camera- Canon EOS REBEL T3, f/3.2, semi-dark room, exposure time- ½ sec, ISO 400, focal length- 35mm, No Flash mode.
Blooms for Batteries
Ihsan Ul Haq
The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyThe artwork represents a collection of carbon coated Na3V2(PO4)3
blooms, which is advanced cathode for sodium ion batteries. The rational
assembly of nanoflakes under optimized conditions yielded flower-like
structure of ~1 to 4 µm size. The image was taken using a JEOL JSM-67000F
scanning electron microscope and different colours were added using image
editing software without exploitation of the actual image.
Monash UniversityThis image
resembles "Aboriginal art." Mice skin histology: Confocal
fluorescence microscope image showing different viable strata; top stratum
corneum, epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, containing different cells such as
sebaceous glands, hair follicle bulbs, adipocytes cells, panniculus carnosus
and pigmentation in bulbs. This histology was conducted after topical
delivery of fluorescent molecules using porous silicon nanoneedles. In Future
study, this designed study will facilitate to investigate the penetration and
permeation of fluorescent-labelled antineoplastic drug into viable layers of
skin and drug delivery against skin cancer melanoma using porous silicon
Ga Droplets on a Patterned Si Wafer
IBM Research-ZurichFalse-colored SEM
image showing Ga droplets on a patterned Si wafer.
Onur ErdemBilkent UniversityScanning electron microscopy imaging of a colloidal CdSe nanocrystal
aggregate (colored red) on silicon substrate. Veins are overlaid.
Moon Solar Eclipse
Korea Institute of Science & TechnologyLast year on January 6, 2019, a partial solar eclipse was observed when the Moon seems to have bite from the Sun. This image illustrates partial solar eclipse phenomena using SEM Image of Alumina disk (AAO) for making Sun crust and fake color were added to the image.
Yin & Yang
Aalto UniversityYin & Yang
emerging from photon recycling in the GaAs layers of a thin-film solar cell:
Internal emission-absorption rate as a function of position (horizontal axis)
and photon energy (vertical axis), simulated by self-consistently solving
fluctuational electrodynamics of photons and drift-diffusion of charge
carriers. The right side exhibits net emission (red-yellow color), since due
to uneven solar absorption it has a higher charge carrier density than the
region on the left side that absorbs the photons (blue color). The thin
bottom contact on the left end is the necessary evil that breaks the perfect
balance by stealing some of the photons.
University of BaselAFMography of molecules: high-resolution image obtained by an atomic force microscopy with a CO-terminated tip unveiling the chemical structure of "nanobone" molecules on Ag(111). The image obtained at 4.5K has a size of 10x10 nm².
University of MichiganCombination of X-ray nano-tomography and machine learning shows spiral self-organization of two-phase eutectics with intrinsic chirality.
Eruption at the Pyramids
Sara RuthStanford UniversityThese micro-pyramids are made from polydimethylsiloxane and sit on an ITO electrode on PET substrate. The image is created by SEM image of the cross-section. The pyramids were made by a mold using photolithography and are 50 um wide.
The Dark Spirit of CNTs
Submitted by Sara Al NasserKing Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
An SEM image of a Buckypaper membrane of CNTs and bio-polymer. the ghost like shape was noticed in the CNTs entanglements and was highlighted using Photoshop.
GoldfishSubmitted by Shuohan HuangMissouri University of Science and TechnologyCeramic goldfish found in Lake MXene of possibilities. The main part of the scene, including the fish and MXene rocks is a colored SEM image of a sample of multilayer Ti3C2 MXene. The seaweed does not belong to the original image and was added for a stronger artistic expression. The SEM image was acquired using an FEI Helios Nanolab Dual-beam microscope at 5 kV accelerating voltage, 6500x magnification and 5 mm working distance.
Nano VolcanoSubmitted by
Drexel UniversityThe Nano Volcano
is an SEM image of a wet-spun polymer-based MXene fiber. Polyethylene glycol
(PEG) and Ti3C2 MXene dispersions are mixed in water, and the solution is
used to extrude these hybrid fibers.
Welcome to the Nano Jungle
Sophia PeterRWTH Aachen UniversityThe image was taken using transmission electron microscopy. The particles have a size of approximately 15 nm. We attempted to assemble gold nanoparticle monolayers by LB technique. Instead we were startled by the appearance of this "nano-snake". Be careful not to be bitten.
Submitted by Stanislau NiauzorauArizona State University
Silicon nano-spaceship is in a search for planets to inhabit. It has a long journey among chemically treated metal planets... Nobody knows what is hidden among these planets in the Mesospace.
WangThe University of Texas at Dallas
Crystallization of chromonic liquid crystal and acrylamide solutions in a thin sample which forms a colorful flower garden. Polarized Optical Microscopy.
AliUniversity of Oxford
This artwork is an optical polarization microscope image based on a sample containing liquid crystal droplets that vary in size from a few to several tens of micrometres. The liquid crystal is doped with the nanocrystals that introduce defects and give a radial alignment. The optical anisotropy and molecular arrangement of the liquid crystals due to the defects give the vibrant colors and a distinctive pattern. No color manipulation was carried on the image; however, the image is created by combining several images of droplets to form a shape that resembles the human brain.
The curious case of Sisyphus. Infamous for his trickery and wit, the first Corinth king, Sisyphus had successfully escaped from Hades twice, cheating death on both occasions. After a third death, Zeus condemned him to an eternal afterlife of punishment wherein he perpetually pushed a huge boulder up a hill, preventing him from making further escapes. This SEM image shows a single 190nm-Copper nanocube grown via electroless deposition on an individual aligned electrospun nanofiber with a diameter of 280nm. The image has been edited to show Sisyphus pushing a nanocube "boulder" up a polyacrylonitrile "hill" in Hades.
Nano-autumn in the
InP nanowires synthesized on silicon substrates by using a gold nanoparticle-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth method inside a horizontal-flow metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) system.
electronics (red) mimic the shape, size, and flexibility of neurons (green),
enabling them to act in concert with and integrate seamlessly with native
mouse brain tissue.
Carbon Nano Shish
Yixin RenUniversal Technology Company/AFRL
This science as art piece is created by the scanning electron microscope image. Carbon nanotubes were deposited on carbon fibers via chemical vapor deposition method. The overgrowth of carbon nanotubes on carbon fibers created the shish kabob like carbon nanostructure.
ZhaoUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
A false-color atomic force microscope image of a twisted tungsten disulfide nanoplate.