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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. Copyright for these images belongs to the Materials Research Society. To request permission to reuse the images, please contact us here »

We invite you to view this video and our Zoom Backgrounds featuring some of the best entries from past MRS Science as Art competitions:

View Science Art Winners — 2024 MRS Spring Meeting


Let Me See

Yu Fan, DWI-Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials e.V.,

The Starry Night with Structural Color

Sanghyun JeonUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Bismuth Landscape

Amy Wu, University of California, Irvine

A Dance in Silk

Sihan Chen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Microscale Willow Goldfinch

Yekaterina Tskhe, Trinity College Dublin 

Dried Riverbed

Zenghao Zhang, University of Michigan


Science as Art Archives — use the arrow to review or advance