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23rd EIPBN Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest – Now Open for Entries
“A good Micrograph is worth more than the MegaByte it consumes.”
Entries Presented by Dr. John Randall – Zyvex Labs
The rules include the following:
• Entries have to be of a single image taken with a microscope and should not be significantly altered.
• There is no restriction with respect to the subject matter.
• Electron and ion micrographs have to be black and white.
The Judges will exercise their prerogative to liberally interpret the award categories, and change the micrograph titles if it pleases them.
There were eight awards from the judges:
• Grand Prize
• Best Electron Micrograph
• Best Ion Micrograph
• Best Photon Micrograph
• 3-Beamer’s Choice
• Most Presidential
• Most Pasta-Like
• Thank You Don Award
There were 5 honorable mentions also given.
BEST ELECTRON BEAM MICROGRAPH
Title: The 7 dwarfs waiting for Snow White
Description: The 7 dwarfs are eagerly waiting for Snow White, all carrying a sweet gift: Snow White loves marshmallows!
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 7.7KX
Instrument: Zeiss LEO 1560
Submitted by: Corinna Kaspar
Affiliation: IMS-CHIPS Stuttgart (Germany)
BEST ION BEAM MICROGRAPH
Title: Blowing in the Wind
Description: Ursula the sea witch has taken more victims (Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 3.73KX
Instrument: FEI Novalab 600, Dual-Beam System
Submitted by: Michelle Halsted
Affiliation: Oak Ridge National Lab (Tennessee, North America)
BEST PHOTON BEAM MICROGRAPH
Title: The Emerald City
Description: Several pillars magnified by a water droplet on a 3D printed artificial lotus leaf
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 0.5KX
Instrument: Colemeter Digital Microscope
Submitted by: Yuanrui Li
Affiliation: University of Southern California
MOST PRESIDENTIAL MICROGRAPH
Title: Trump Toupee
Description: Made of carbon nanotubes.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 2.8KX
Instrument: Zeiss Orion NanoFab
Submitted by: Deying Xia
Affiliation: Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC (Peabody, MA, USA)
MOST PASTA-LIKE MICROGRAPH
Title: Carnivore Smallatoni
Description: Electron beam induced deposition. Hollow tubes in a neat rotationally symmetric configuration. Scaled up a factor 10^9, this would make a nice skyscraper. (Swimming pool, roof gardens and elevator should be added to ramp up the prizes for the penthouse suites of course.)
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 20KX
Instrument: Nova NanoLab 600i
Submitted by: Niels Noordzij
Affiliation: TU Delft. (Netherlands)
Title: I’m Melting
Description: Polymer left behind after a RIE cryo etch.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 3KX
Instrument: Zeiss Merlin SEM
Submitted by: Dale Hensley
Affiliation: Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, TN North America)
3-BEAMER’S CHOICE AWARD
Title: Nano-Space Shuttle
Description: Two-photon polymerization based 3D space shuttle along with fuel tank and two booster rockets and all required connections at nanoscale.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 596X
Instrument: Zeiss ULTRA-55 FEG SEM
Submitted by: Dr. Debashis Chanda
Affiliation: Univ. of Central Florida (Florida, North America)
THANK YOU DON AWARD
Title: Don Tennant 3-Beams Money
Description: Due to DOE cuts Stefano couldn’t afford a plaque
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): ??KX
Instrument: Molecular Foundry FIB
Submitted by: Stefano Cabrini
Affiliation: Molecular Foundry
Title: Lord Voldemort Being Mooned
Description: I am Voldemort, the Dark Lord of nano-magic world!
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 1.2KX
Instrument: Hitachi S-4800
Submitted by: Yifei Wang
Affiliation: Univ. Of Southern California
Title: Milk Bottles
Description: Positively tapered pillar on Si.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 61 KX
Instrument: Zeiss Ultra SEM
Submitted by: Ripon Dey
Affiliation: University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada)
Title: Eat your Greens
Description: Iron-doped apatite nanoparticles dispersed amongst unknown inclusions.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 25KX
Instrument: Hitachi S4700
Submitted by: Jessica M. Andriolo
Affiliation: Montana Tech (Montana)
Title: Pork Rind
Description: Something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a tsunami on the wafer.
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 1205X
Instrument: FEI Verios 460L
Submitted by: I-Te Chen
Affiliation: North Carolina State Univ. (Raleigh, NC)
Title: Chocolate Chip Cookies Surfing
Description: T-NIL; combination of micro- and nanostructures in SU-8
Magnification: (3″x4″ image): 1293X
Instrument: FEI/Philips XL 30S FEG
Submitted by: Iwan Lorenzen
Affiliation: University of Wuppertal (Germany)