2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Science as Art Winners

First Place

Nanoduck

Nanoduck

Kanit Hantanasirisakul, Drexel  University
This Nano-duck is a Cr2TiAlC2 MAX particle. The size of the duck is ~3 µm. The rocks where it's sitting on are also MAX particles covered with "nano-moss". 
 
 
Gold Peony

Gold Peony

Han Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
The art work is based on a scanning electron microscope image. The sample is a gold nanostructure. By the overgrowth of the Au nanoplate, we obtained a peony-like Au nanostructure. Peony is a famous flower of China. So I named this work Gold Peony.
 
 
Manhattan Skyline at Twilight

Manhattan Skyline at Twilight

Duhan Zhang, Cornell University
Manhattan skyline at twilight. Optical microscope and microfluidic device are commonly used in particle tracing visualization. By this method, we can directly observe the electroconvection at liquid-metal interface during Tin electrodeposition in low concentration aqueous electrolyte under a low constant current density at room temperature.
 
 

Second Place

The Erupting Volcano on the Ocean

The Erupting Volcano on the Ocean

Kaiyang Yin, Dartmouth University
Inspired by "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," the iconic print by Hokusai, the active volcano on the ocean is erupting. The image is created by cryo-SEM imaging of textured ice surface. Deposition of water vapor into ice was observed in situ at the ice tip and formed the lava.  
 
 
Yoda

Yoda

Armin VahidMohammadi, Auburn University
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of an oxidized two-dimensional (2D) V2CTx MXene particle showing similarities to the imaginary Yoda character in the Star Wars Movie series. V2CTx is synthesized by selective etching of Al atoms from V2AlC MAX phase and is a promising electrode material for energy storage devices such as supercapacitors and batteries. The SEM image was taken using a JEOL JSM-7000F Scanning Electron Microscope, and fake colors were added using computer software without manipulation of the original image (only eyes and ears are added to the image to help with showing the resemblances).
 
EGaln Flower

EGaIn Flower

Minyung Song, North Carolina State University
A drop of the liquid metal, eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) in a strong base electrolyte normally forms a sphere because of its inherently high surface tension. Applying a small, positive electric potential to EGaIn (via the red wire) causes surface oxidation in solution and effectively lowers its interfacial tension. EGaIn then spreads into this flower-like shape to increase its surface area.