Nanoartography image of the month

​Each month an image from the past NanoArtography finalists will be selected. The image of the month will be shown on the NanoArtograhy webpage and its Facebook page. Check back every month to see if your image is selected! 

Congratulations to all! 

August 2020

Lord of the Rings

Nina Tarnowicz, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

Material: SCdSe/CdS nanoparticles on a PVA-coated substrate

Image size: Image width is ~ 0.87 mm

NanoArtography 2017 finalist

Image description by the scientist/artist: Image presents aggregates of CdSe/CdS nanoparticles (quantum dots, dot in a rod type) on a PVA-coated substrate, poured with popular nematic liquid crystal - MBBA. Skipping the whole scientific side of the image, it reminds me of the Middle-earth and the inscription on the One Ring written with Elvish letters (tengwar). One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. 

July 2020

The Starry Night under TEM (Evolution of peptide nanostructures) 

Charalampos Pappas, Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York, USA

Material: Supramolecular peptide nanostructures 

Image size: Image width is ~ 0.001 mm (1 µm)

NanoArtography 2017, second place winner

Image description: This transmission electron microscope (TEM) image represents an example of a supramolecular peptide nanostructure that was discovered using a dynamic peptide library approach, where peptide sequences are dynamically exchanged, giving rise to a competition of sequences and resulting in the spontaneous selection and formation of stable self-assembling nanostructures. 

JUNE 2020

Mary and Yamada’s Concrete Rose

Gabriel Burks, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Material: Poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF hedrite agglomerates

Image size: Image width is ~ 0.02 mm (20 µm)

NanoArtography 2016 finalist

Image description: ln homage to the late Tupac Shakur's "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," this image is dedicated to all the beautiful things that manifest as the result of great struggle, tremendous opposition, and less than optimal conditions. This rose garden is for the dreamer that wants to desperately escape from their current plight into a place where anything is possible and where dreams really do come true. I find this theme to be particularly relevant given today's set of current events where underrepresented minorities in the United States of America find themselves at a crossroads between patriotism and civil human rights. It is sad to say that in the 21st century human beings are slain by law enforcement like wild animals, but just as the rose grew from concrete, this situation will also bear a beautiful and inspiring miracle. 
Scientifically speaking, this image is one of colorized Poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF hedrite agglomerates viewed under a scanning electron microscope.

May 2020

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Space Nugget

Ricardo Tranquilin, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil

Material: Tungsten trioxide (WO3)

Image size: Image width is ~ 0.007 mm (7 µm)

NanoArtography 2019 finalist

September 2020

Copper on Carbon Fiber

Amir Masoud Pourrahimi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Sweden 

Material: Copper superstructures on carbon fiber

Image size: The width of the image is ~0.01mm

NanoArtography 2017 finalist

Image description by the scientist/artist: The scanning electron micrograph of copper superstructures on carbon fiber, which are synthesized by electrodeposition. The conductive and high surface-area-to-volume carbon fibers were here used as a substrate for the deposition of copper metals. The deposited copper hierarchical superstructures were assembled from intersecting nano-sheets, resulting in a grid-like morphology. The pores located between the nano-sheets (10-50 nm) resulted in high porosity and specific surface area.


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