The Intersection of Science and Art
A selection of images created using electron microscopic magnification.

The images that follow were created by researchers and students working in Drexel’s Centralized Research Facilities, using electron microscopes that can achieve magnifications that would scale a grain of sand up to the size of a football stadium. The images, taken at the nano-scale, do not actually have any color; the colorization here was added by Drexel researchers for dramatic effect, creating images that live at the peculiar intersection of science and art.


PHOTO 1: Babak_Anasori

MAX Phase Research Group (Michel W. Barsoum)

Fractured surface of a nanocrystalline magnesium matrix composite reinforced with Ti2AlC. A Ti2AlC grain kinked several times during fracture to form a “dragon.” The width of image is 3µm.

PHOTO 2: Jessica_Schiffman

Natural Polymer and Photonics Lab (Caroline Schauer)
Zeiss Supra 50VP SEM, CRF

Fanglike structures that make up a squid tentacle. Each small “mouth” is 400µm in diameter.

PHOTO 3: Min_Heon_and_Boris_Dyatkin

Nanomaterials Group (Yury Gogotsi)
Zeiss Supra 50VP SEM, CRF

Carbon nanotubes in free-standing macroscale sheets (one of a few promising approaches for electric energy storage).

PHOTO 4: Jennifer_S._Atchison

Natural Polymer and Photonics Lab (Caroline Schauer)
Amray 1850 FE, in the MesoMaterials Laboratory

Silicon nanocones grown in a chemical vapor deposition chamber. Tapered semiconductor nanowires have applications in solar cells, antireflective coatings and Li-ion batteries.