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GoldfishSubmitted by Shuohan HuangMissouri University of Science and TechnologyCeramic goldfish found in Lake MXene of possibilities. The main part of the scene, including the fish and MXene rocks is a colored SEM image of a sample of multilayer Ti3C2 MXene. The seaweed does not belong to the original image and was added for a stronger artistic expression. The SEM image was acquired using an FEI Helios Nanolab Dual-beam microscope at 5 kV accelerating voltage, 6500x magnification and 5 mm working distance.
The Dark Spirit of CNTs
Submitted by Sara Al NasserKing Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
An SEM image of a Buckypaper membrane of CNTs and bio-polymer. the ghost like shape was noticed in the CNTs entanglements and was highlighted using Photoshop.
Submitted by Kartik
Indiana University-Purdue UniversityMXene Chameleon waiting for MAX. A freeze dried flake of Ti3C2 MXene. The morphology and shape of the flake are preserved while rendering it to look like a Chameleon holding on to a branch under a moonlit night. The eye and the leg are artistically added to highlight the creature. Created by Kartik Nemani, Prasanna R. and Babak Anasori.
Blooms for Batteries
Ihsan Ul Haq
The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyThe artwork represents a collection of carbon coated Na3V2(PO4)3
blooms, which is advanced cathode for sodium ion batteries. The rational
assembly of nanoflakes under optimized conditions yielded flower-like
structure of ~1 to 4 µm size. The image was taken using a JEOL JSM-67000F
scanning electron microscope and different colours were added using image
editing software without exploitation of the actual image.
Submitted by Laura
The University of Texas at DallasFluorescence image of a shape-morphing living composite coated on a glass slide. Hybrid material is made of baker's yeast embedded in a polyacrylamide hydrogel. Only living cells that can proliferate in the patterned region are able to deform the hydrogel matrix and expand it to read the word "ALIVE". NOTE: The idea of this image is to create a lenticular moving picture that shows how the living composite morphs from flat to a 3D structure.
(Thermoplastic) Flower in the Sun
Submitted by Amber HubbardNorth Carolina State University Stimuli-responsive polymers have gained increasing attention for their applications ranging from soft robotic grippers to actuators. By controlling strain within thin thermoplastic sheets, these small grippers can transform into three-dimensional shapes based on a photothermal response and withstand loads >24,000 times their own mass.