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Six Images of Nano-scale Worlds

Artist Michael Oliveri captures the tiniest products of materials science

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BALLOON FARM

Zinc oxide powder, germanium oxide powder and graphite powder combined in a 1,800-dgree Fahrenheit (1,000-degree Celsius) oven to create these germanium balls and zinc oxide wires. The balls catalyze the growth of nanowires.....[ More ]

UNDER THE SEA

Balls of the chemical element gallium catalyze the growth of silicon oxide nanowires.....[ More ]

ZINC VALLEY

This valley is carpeted with zinc oxide nanorods and is fertile ground for other zinc oxide structures.....[ More ]

AMBER WAVES OF ZINC

This field of zinc oxide nanorods and funky forms was produced through the same process.....[ More ]

ZINC IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING

These zinc oxide nanorods were born in a furnace burning at 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit (600 degrees Celsius). A bed of zinc foil melted and combined with oxygen gas to create the rods, which are 50 to 150 nanometers in diameter.....[ More ]

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