The NanoIsrael 2012 Conference proudly hosted an exhibition of works of art based on nanotechnology. The top three works were selected for rewards as judged by a jury of experts in the arts and sciences.
Nanoart features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes.
The scientific images in many cases were further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks.
First prize was awarded to Kathy Vinokurov of Hebrew University, Second prize to Assaf Anderson of Bar Ilan University, and Third prize to Jenny Goldstein of Bar Ilan University.
| Kathy Vinokurov, Yorai Amit, Adam Faust from Prof. Uri Banin's research group at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Chemistry.
Magellan XHR Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of Cu2S nanoparticles. Highly organized super lattice of Cu2S nanoparticles, 14 nm in diameter, achieved by slow evaporation self assembly from nanoparticle solution onto a Si substrate.
The presented image of the Cu2S super lattice together with the mono-layer patches deposited on the substrate resembles a mountain peak over viewing what appears as a cloudy sky. The high mono dispersion of the Cu2S nanoparticles gives the super lattice its distinctive look, as if it was built by individual blocks (much like LEGO). In our mind the illustrated image represents the need for high aspiration and motivation in order to overcome the various challenges of fringe science.
Assaf Y. Anderson from Bar Ilan University
Another World – 3D mathematically processed representation of monochromatic diffraction patterns from nanometric layers of gold spots on combinatorial thin film all oxide solar cell, composed of: TEC8 |TiO2 | Co3O4-ZrO2/Y2O3.
Another world was discovered when I started to analyze specular reflection spectral maps. The maps are scanned and analyzed using homemade software and hardware which enables many options to generate such images. The raw data contains 4356 scans (66 x 66) and each scan point contains a spectrum made of 3648 points and spans between 195 < λ < 1125 nm. The chosen wavelength was 932 nm, where the reflections from the underlying layers and the gold spots are very sensitive to mid infrared radiation. Then, the thickness gradients of the layers generate constructive and destructive diffractions in this unusual way. Better visualization is enabled by mathematical processing of the formed matrix; a specific range of interest is chosen in order to amplify the interesting parts. Intriguingly, each fraction of wavelength generates another 3D parallel world, which sometimes is a complete opposite of its predecessor.
| Jenny Goldshtein and Dana D. Medina from the S. Margel and Y. Mastai Lab, the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University.
SEM image of chiral poly(N –vinyl α-L-phenylalanine) (PV-L-PhA) microspheres on D-Ala crystals.
D- Ala Crystals crystallized from aqueous solution the presence of chiral microspheres were isolated and dried in air. SEM photomicrograph illustrated perfect porous spherical shape of PV-L-PhA particles of narrow size distribution. Particles were prepared by a single-step swelling of uniform polystyrene template microspheres with emulsion droplets of chlorobenzene containing the initiator benzoyl peroxide and the chiral monomer V-L-PhA, followed by the polymerization of the monomer within the swollen template particles at 73 °C. Chiral micron-sized uniform cross-linked PV-L-PhA particles were formed by dissolving the template polystyrene polymer belonging to the former cross-linked composite particles. The measured dry diameter and size distribution of these microspheres 5.5 ± 0.1 µm. The PV-L-PhA particles were self-assembled on D-Ala crystals faces crystallized from D-Ala saturated solution and by that induced crystal growth orthogonal to the surface.