The 2019 Science & Engineering as Art Competition
By Lindsey Doermann
May 9, 2019
In what’s now become a beloved ChemE tradition, the department held its Science & Engineering as Art competition again this spring. The contest challenges students and postdocs conducting research in a core ChemE faculty’s lab to look at their research differently. This year’s entrants found beauty in the phenomena they study, made data visually stunning, found artistry in experimentation, and even looked at their instruments in a new way.
A panel of faculty and staff served as judges, and the winning art was revealed at ChemE Awards Day on May 3, 2019. Thanks to generous support from ChemE graduate and Moulton Distinguished Alumna Dorothy Bowers, the top three images will be framed and displayed in Benson Hall.
A [Bi]t of Light
By Elena Pandres
A thermal image time series in which a custom-built, optically-accessible, continuous-flow reactor containing bismuth (Bi) nanoparticles is irradiated with a laser. When irradiated, the Bi nanoparticles generate heat and can be used to drive local chemical reactions in solution.
Elena is a graduate student in Vince Holmberg’s lab
By Chad Curtis
A Euclidean distance transform of a confocal microscopy image of microglia cells taken in a rat organotypic brain slice model. The colors are scaled to represent the distance away from a cell surface.
Chad was a graduate student in Elizabeth Nance’s lab and is now a lecturer in ChemE
Diamonds in the Rough
By Julia Boese and Yundi Zhao
A low-magnification and colorized SEM image of silica nanoparticles with salt crystals and possible capillary-action-caused patterning.
Julia and Yundi are graduate students in François Baneyx’s lab
By Janani Sampath
Helical peptide LK(alpha)14 adsorbed on the surface of quartz through lysine interactions
Janani is a postdoc in Jim Pfaendtner’s lab
Nano Ball Pit
By Monica Esopi
A colorized SEM image of polystyrene nanospheres, which are used for nanosphere lithography. The first step in this fabrication process is depositing a monolayer of nanospheres onto a substrate. But in the case pictured, the spheres had other plans and arranged into a multilayer mass that was not useful to the fabrication but resembled a ball pit.
Monica is a graduate student in Qiuming Yu’s lab
Strength in Numbers
By Mike McKenna
The blood-brain-barrier prevents the invasion of foreign toxins circulating in the bloodstream and relies upon the precise interplay between thousands of individual cells. Astrocytes, stained in green, will wrap their processes around blood vessels, stained in red, to monitor, communicate with, and support one of the most formidable barriers in all of biology.
Mike is a graduate student in Elizabeth Nance’s lab
By Jon Witt
A CAD drawing of the USS Benson propelling through space. This one-of-a-kind ship, with only 50 mL of internal volume, now rests where it was assembled within Benson B05 in order to study electrocatalysts at high temperatures of 500 – 900°C. Like space, the inside of this ship is kept at vacuum, allowing the pilot to capture simultaneously electrochemical and gas phase rate production data on the same time scales.
Jon is a graduate student in Eric Stuve’s and Stu Adler’s labs