Oct 22, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
To celebrate National Nanotechnology Day, October 9th, the NSF Funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure hosted the playfully themed “Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom” photo contest. Named for Physicist Richard Feynman’s 1959 lecture at Caltech noted for positing the possibility of the direct manipulation of materials at atomic length scales, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom: An Invitation to Enter a New Field of Physics,” the contest sought artistic nano and microscale images from users of the 16 facility sites located across the US. The categories for entries included; Most Stunning, Most Unique Capability, and Most Whimsical. The winner for the Most Stunning image was submitted by SENIC site user Ms. Yamin Zhang, working at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology.
Yamin Zhang is a 4th-year PhD student in Dr. Nian Liu's group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Technology in 2016 at the Tianjin University (TJU), and another B.S. in Finance in 2016 at the Nankai University. She won many of the top awards in TJU, including; National Scholarship, Honor Student Scholarship (TOP10/29350), and Student Science Award (TOP10/29350). She interned in Hefei Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy Co., Ltd in 2017.
Title: Nano Fireworks
Artist: Yamin Zhang
NNCI Site: SENIC (Georgia Tech Location)
Tool: Zeiss Ultra 60 FE-SEM
Image Description: This image consists of many rods. The diameter of the rod is around 100 nanometers. So, they are called nanorods. The material of these nanorods is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide nanorods grow on a flat nickel metal substrate naturally and nicely, which look like fireworks. In our research, zinc oxide nanorods are used as the anode material for zinc-based aqueous batteries, which are a safe alternative for current lithium ion batteries. With such well aligned structures, the morphology change of zinc oxide nanorods anode during battery cycling can be easily studied by imaging it, which can help explain capacity loss in batteries.
In addition to recognition of her scientific photography skills on the national NNCI website, Ms. Zhang will receive funds to support travel to a professional conference. Congratulations from the IEN team on your achievement Yamin!