Science as Art

As a special feature of MRS meetings, we offer the popular Science as Art competitions with entry open to all registered meeting attendees. 

Visualization methods provide an important tool in materials science for the analysis and presentation of scientific work. Images can often convey information in a way that tables of data or equations cannot match. Occasionally, scientific images transcend their role as a medium for transmitting information and contain the aesthetic qualities that transform them into objects of beauty and art.

The galleries below represent some of the best entries from past meetings.  In addition, we invite you to view this video featuring some of the best entries from past MRS Science as Art competitions:



Science as Art Winners from the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting »

First and second place images from the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition, including "NanoOrchard," "Lady NanoBug," and "Love, Starting from the Atomic Scale."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting's Science as Art competition include "Fallen Stars," "Crystal Rose" and "Desert Landscape at Micron Scale."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting »

First and second place images from the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition, including "Playful Hedgehog Particles," "Nano-Flowers," "Tetraaniline in Full Bloom" and "Freeze."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "Carbon Galaxy," "Not Your Average Sunflower" and "The Micro Spacecraft."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "A Dendritic Baby Giraffe Born Inside Ni-Al-C Melt," "The Dark Forest of GaAs/GaInP Nanowire" and "Mountains of Organic Crystal Snow."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "Still Life of Flowers, Mushrooms and Other Vegetation," "Van Gogh Painted with a Glassy Polymer" and "Autumn's Drought." 

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Science as Art Winners from the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Nano Graveyard," "NanoFlower" and "Salt Crystals."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2010 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2010 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "The Silk Collective," "Stem of Nanoflowers" and "Rising Moon."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2010 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2010 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Self-illuminating Flowers of Pandora," "Nano PacMan Made of Copper Oxide"  and "ZnO Nanowire Arrays."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2009 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2009 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "SiC-SiC Composite," "Van Gogh Nanotubes" and "Squaring the Circle."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2009 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2009 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Pollenesian Serenity," "Nano Spaghetti & Meatballs" and "The Modern Stonehenge."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2008 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2008 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "The Nano-Grip," "Nanoflower" and "Nano Teddy Bear."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2008 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2008 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Field of Sunflowers," "Landscape" and "Inferno."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2007 MRS Fall Meeting »

First-place images from the 2007 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition include "Nano-Explosions," "Bamboos for Vibration Control" and "Dirty Dice."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2007 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2007 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Gold Nanopyramids," "Sunflowers" and "An Early Morning Stroll Into Woods."

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Science as Art Winners from the 2006 MRS Spring Meeting »

First-place images from the 2006 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition include "Bryzoans," "Toxic Garden" and "Polypyrrole Conducting Polymer Film."

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