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! 

April 2021

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A Crystalline Silver Flower 

Jacopo Profili, Université Laval- Chu de Québec, Québec city, Canada

Material: Silver nanoparticles on a silicon substrate 

Image size: The image width is ~ 0.1 mm.

NanoArtography 2020 finalist

Image description by the scientist/artist: A thin and delicate layer of silver nanoparticles has been shaken by ionized gas. This energetic gas strongly interacts with the surface and modifies the fabric of the matter. As a result, the spheres change their shape and slow growth to form sharp structures well distributed on the surface. These poetic flowers spread over the silicon surface like fragile emerald crystals. Here, by using scanning electron microscopy, we discover the beautiful organization of these tiny particles on a purple carpet. 

March 2021

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The Lost Flower of Snegurochka (“Snow Maiden”)

Rajashree Konar and Gilbert Daniel Nessim, Bar-Ilan University, Israel 

Material: Silver sulfide

Image size: The image width is ~ 0.02 mm.

NanoArtography 2019 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: The flowers are of silver sulfide synthesized using an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). The microstructure has unique flowers growing at the tip of the hollows. 

February 2021

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Bismuth heart

Wei Sun, Southeast University, Nanjing, China 

Material: Bismuth nanoparticles 

Image size: The image width is ~ 0.01 mm.

NanoArtography 2017 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: Randomly assembled bismuth nanoparticles formed a heart shape during the drying process. Because of the heart-like shape, we colorized the bismuth nanoparticles red.

January 2021

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Mysterious Night at Rocky Mountain  

Ulugbek Shaislamov, Jeju National University, South Korea

Material: Copper nanorods

Image size: The image width is 0.55 mm.

NanoArtography 2017 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: Presented vertically aligned nanostructures are copper nanorod arrays that were prepared by the template-based electrodeposition method. The irregular height of the nanorods resembles a mountain that is lit by moonlight at mysterious night.  

December 2020

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Zinc Oxide Moon

J. A. Allen, J. Aarthy Tagore, M. Manoj Prabhakar, C. Viswanathan, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Material: Zinc oxide  

Image size: The diameter of the zinc oxide moon is 0.012 mm

NanoArtography 2019 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: Zinc Oxide Moon is synthesized using the hydrothermal method. It is a dense microsphere composed of irregular nanosheets. In dark, zinc oxide moon illuminates.

November 2020

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Crystal Harvest

Sarah Gleeson, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Material: Calcium phosphate 

Image size: The width of the image is ~0.008 mm

NanoArtography 2019 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: Calcium phosphate mineral grows into large, plate-like sheets from the polymer substrate it was deposited onto. These flat, jagged crystalline sheets grow outwards surrounding a center of smaller mineral crystals. This image was captured by a scanning electron microscope. 

October 2020



Jizhen Zhang, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Material: 2D nano titanium carbide (Ti3C2 MXene)

Image size: The width of the image is ~0.2 mm

NanoArtography 2018 winner

Image description by the scientist/artist: The image represents a cross-section of MXene (Ti3C2Tx) aerogel film prepared by the freeze-drying approach being developed by our research group. The combination of MXene flakes and porous forms flame-like architecture. The MXene aerogel film with highly aligned MXene flakes and connected interspace enable high rate charge and discharge for energy storage applications. This image was captured by a scanning electron microscope. 

September 2020

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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.

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

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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

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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