"Graphene Van Gogh"

“Graphene Van Gogh” by Michael Deagen

An image captured by Michael Deagen, Ph.D. research assistant in the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, recently earned first place in the Artistic Microscopy, Black & White category of the 2015 International Metallographic Contest sponsored by the International Metallographic Society.

“During my Versa Scanning Electron Microscope training, I took an image of one of the standard samples, a cross-section of a 500-um diameter cylinder of rolled graphene,” Deagen said. “At 5,000 times magnification under a 20kV beam, the image was rather striking and reminded me of the brushstrokes of a van Gogh painting.”

The International Metallographic Contest and Exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 meeting and the 49th Annual IMS Meeting in Columbus, OH, July 24-28, 2016. The contest features the best work of metallographers and microstructural analysts from around the world.

More information about the contest.