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2015 Scientific Images Contest Winners

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Honorable Mention | Salt crystals like these grow from colorless, empty-looking solutions. Inside each solution chemicals are dissolved in water. When the water evaporates these striking chemical patterns are left behind.Depending on the type of salt and the way the liquid evaporates, beautiful crystals like these flowery patterns can form. The shape of each flower gives valuable information about the internal structure of the crystals and how they formed.In this experiment researchers wanted to observe how nanoparticles assemble into microscopic crystals. These crystals are built from molecules which researchers use to make and assemble nanoparticles. The better we understand nano-scale building blocks and how they work, the more effectively we can use them to design new materials, make smaller devices, and more specifically target diseases.Department of Materials Science & Engineering Tools & Techniques: Scanning Electron Microscope + colored in Photoshop

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Pictorial Works
Keyword
Nanoparticles
Microscopic crystals
Rights
All rights reserved
Creator
O'Brien, Matthew Nathan
Abstract
This image originally appeared as part of Northwestern's Scientific Images Contest. The contest and subsequent exhibitions are organized by Science in Society, the university's research center for science education and public engagement. Further information and opportunities to participate are available on their website. Prints and canvas editions of these Northwestern research images can also be purchased online (with the small net profit going to science education and outreach programming in the Chicago area).
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Science in Society
DigitalHub. Galter Health Sciences Library
Date Created
2015
Subject: MESH
Nanoparticles
Salts
Page number
10
DOI
10.18131/G3XW39
ARK
ark:/c8131/g3xw39

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