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The 61st International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication

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.

All 2017 Entries (with original titles)


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)


GRAND PRIZE

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 Pirate Master

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


HONORABLE MENTION

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


HONORABLE MENTION

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)


HONORABLE MENTION

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)


HONORABLE MENTION

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)


HONORABLE MENTION

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)