Nanomaterial Photos As Modern Art

Sunflowers? Nope. Actually, they're silicon oxide nanowires grown in gallium and gold catalysts — and they're only several microns in length. The photo, by Chinese University of Hong Kong professor S.K. Hark, is part of the Materials Research Society's semi-annual celebration of the most artistic and eye catching images found during the study of nanomaterials. Some choice picks after the jump.

Nanomaterial Photos As Modern Art


Zinc oxide nanoneedles, colorized to resemble a traditional Chinese mountain painting.

Nanomaterial Photos As Modern Art


Potassium niobium oxide deposited onto a silicon surface and photographed through an optical microscope.

Check out Wired for the rest of the pictures. [Wired]