Nanoscale Flowers Garner Cool Science Image Award

A nanoscale image of copper hydroxy sulfate ‘flowers’ created by chemistry graduate student Allison Cardiel is one of 10 images to be named a UW-Madison ‘Cool Science Image’ for 2017. A panel of eight experienced artists and scientists judged the scientific content and aesthetic and creative qualities of 131 images and videos entered in the 7th annual competition. Cardiel is a member of the Choi research group and captured the image using a scanning electron microscope.

This flower of nano-scale material and the surrounding needles are copper hydroxy sulfate grown on glass. The material’s tiny features make it easily converted to copper oxide in a distinctive shape that enhances the resulting compound’s use in production of hydrogen fuel. Image by Allison Cardiel

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