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Science as Art

  MRS Foundation LogoAs 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.

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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

2022 MRS Spring Meeting

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Super Mario MXene World

Anupma Thakur, Indiana University-Purdue University

A multilayered MXene flake visualized as Yoshi from Super Mario. MXene world truly, is the best! Go varoom! Scale bar is 1 micron. (Team: Nithin Chandran, Kartik Nemani, and Babak Anasori)

Planet X: A Hidden Planet

Ji Young Kim, Seoul National University

The image shows the Ti-Ta-Hf-Zr-Nb High entropy alloy (HEA) particles fabricated by gas atomization. Since the particle's surface has a planet-like structure, it is expressed as a hidden planet, Planet X, which has not yet been discovered. The original image was obtained using TESCAN MIRA 3 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM).

An Extremely Tiny Garden of MOFs

Angelica Rain Talosig, University of California, Irvine

Scanning electron microscopy image of a self-assembled ZIF-8 metal-organic frameworks. Two distinct crystal structures are seen in this image: the truncated dodecahedron structures are ZIF-8 (DIA) and the flower structures are ZIF-8 (SOD).

Spaceship Crystal

Martina Volpi, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Polarised light microscopy image of a chiral organic semiconductor.


Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside

The firework pattern is obtained from a nanoparticle thin film containing radial microcracks created by drying a drop of magnetite nanoparticle dispersion on a glass substrate. When imaged in a dark-field optical microscope, the microcracks strongly scatter light, producing the firework effect. No post-processing was done to the image.


Micro Water Lily

Jason Delente, Trinity College Dublin

This colorized SEM image shows a conductive water lily structure formed using direct laser writing in a polymer containing PEDOT:PSS.