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  • Exhibit A:
    photo silicon pattern

    Beauty at the Small Scale

    BLUE SUNFLOWER Nature’s beauty isn’t limited to what can be seen in everyday life. Researchers using clean room facilities at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) are often impressed by what they see at the nanometer and micrometer scales. IEN senior research engineer Devin Brown provided the image of this structure , which was produced by accident while he was studying the pattern order exposure effects on silicon from the electronic resist material hydrogen silsesquioxane. “I find it interesting that these ‘mistakes’ in fabrication are often more beautiful than the intended patterns,” he wrote. The overall diameter of the sunflower is just 575 microns; the outer droplets are about eight microns in diameter and decrease to about one micron toward the center. Photo by Devin Brown.

  • Exhibit A:
    photo matrix

    Beauty at the Small Scale

    KEY TO IMAGES  1: “Flying Saucer,“ a hemispheric polysilicon structure. Gao Xin and Farrokh Ayazi; 2: “Functionalized Fullerene,“ a crystalline fullerene precipitate. Samuel Snow and Jaehong Kim; 3: “Micro Geode,“ treated pollen covered in epoxy. Timi Fadiran and Carson Meredith; 4: “Replacement Tendons,“ electrospun bio-polymer fibers. Xiyu Li and Younan Xia

  • Exhibit A:
    photo matrix

    Beauty at the Small Scale

    KEY TO IMAGES   5: “Starry Night,“ solar cell with silicon “stars” and silver “sky.” Atsushi Muto; 6: “Blood Clot,“ red blood cells deformed by compressive stress. David Meyers, Atsushi Muto and Wilbur Lam; 7: “Pine Forest,“ copper crystals grown vertically in a silicon trench, Reza Abbaspour and Muhanned Bakir; 8: “Carbon Nanotube Clusters,“ cylinders being studied for their chemical reactivity. Mike Mangarella and Krista Walton

  • Exhibit A:
    photo matrix

    Beauty at the Small Scale

    KEY TO IMAGES  9: “Bimetallic Nanocrystals,“ single metallic crystals that are nearly perfect copies of one another. Shuifen Jie and Younan Xia; 10: “Christmas In Nanoland,“ silicon germanium wires affected by growth changes. Ildar Musin and Michael Filler; 11: “Wood Lace,“ a thin section of treated poplar wood. Walter Henderson, Allison Tolbert and Art Ragauskas

  • Exhibit A:
    zinc oxide sphere

    Beauty at the Small Scale

    ZINC OXIDE SPHERE This structure, which resembles a soccer ball, was formed from merged zinc oxide nanowires. These piezoelectric structures are normally used in nanogenerators to recover wasted mechanical energy but grew together to form this sphere. Image provided by Jamey Gigliotti and Zhong Lin Wang.

Front Office

Affecting Lives

Georgia Tech research helps sick children, improves security, and prepares students.

Not Monkeying Around

Researchers have developed a noninvasive method to image simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) replication in real-time, in vivo.

Building Stronger Composites

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a new technique for producing carbon fibers that sets a new milestone for strength and modulus.

Light Work

Researchers have realized one of the long-standing theoretical predictions in nonlinear optical metamaterials.

Swimming Through Sand

Slick and slender snakes perform better than short and stubby lizards.

Swipe to Swarm

Using a smart tablet and a beam of red light, researchers have created a system that allows one person to control a fleet of robots with the swipe of a finger.

In a Flash

HAWC tracks cosmic visitors.

Saving Platinum

A new fabrication technique could dramatically reduce the amount of platinum needed to provide catalytic activity in such applications as fuel cell electrodes.

Sight Insights

Scientists have determined the structure for a key part of a protein associated with glaucoma and identified regions of this domain that correlate with severe forms of the disease.

Rainbow Connection

Researchers have created a broad color palette of electrochromic polymers.

Invisible Touch

An intelligent keyboard that could change the traditional way in which a keyboard is used for information input.

Found After Translation

SAPH-ire analyzes existing data repositories of protein modifications and 3-D protein structures to help scientists identify and target research on “hotspots.”

Organic Light

Researchers build next-generation flexible digital displays.

Viral Cooperation

Scientists from Georgia Tech and the CDC have discovered surprisingly complex behavior in the Hepatitis C virus.

Security Now

Researchers are working to ensure the security and trust of field programmable gate array devices.

Plugged In

Twenty-five years ago, then-Georgia Tech president John Patrick Crecine and other campus visionaries launched Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.

Every Step Counts

Researchers make the case that any increase in physical activity is beneficial to older adults.

Assembly Solutions

Scientists are using the programmability of DNA to assemble complex, nanometer-scale structures.

Quantum Step

Increasing the number of connections on the edges of chips could move us closer to a quantum computer system.

Nanoscale Necklaces

Researchers have developed a technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces.

How Oil Bugs Bugs

When oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill began washing ashore on Pensacola Municipal Beach in June 2010, populations of sensitive microorganisms began to decline.

Capturing Cancer

Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that captures clusters of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream.

Keeping it Cool

Thomas Bougher investigates new ways to take the heat off electronics.

The Body Electric

New sensing platform holds promise for real-time interface with living tissue.

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front office

Face the Music

Music may help some people relax when they’re trying to concentrate. But it doesn’t help them remember, especially as they get older.


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