Welcome to the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute NanoArtography Competition!

Present your research through an artistic image!

 For further information, email Dr. Babak Anasori (competition chair) at
Contest images, voting, and awards are announced on the NanoArtography Competition Facebook page.

2017 NanoArtography Competition Coming Soon!


2016 Competition Winners!


FIRST PLACE: Michael Ghidiu, MSE, Drexel University


MXene Library

MXene Ti3C2 ‘clay’ has a layered structure that can be easily sheared, creating fantastic forms on the microscale. This is an SEM image of Ti3C2 stacks that have been partially sheared along the basal planes, giving the appearance of books, and has been colorized to emphasize the likeness.

SECOND PLACE: Ariana Levitt, MSE, Drexel University


Piezoelectric Nanoyarn Galaxy

An electrospun PVDF-TrFe nanoyarn. PVDF-TrFe is a polymer capable of forming piezoelectric nanofibers without the need for additional poling. Nanoyarns are higher-order architectures of nanofìbers and are fabricated by twisting bundles of aligned nanofibers together during the electrospinning process.

THIRD PLACE: Richardo Tranquilin,  Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil


Gerbera Flower

The general idea of this work is the association of nature with microscopic images, both in their shapes and colors, so it is possible to converge the microscopic world to the common world, where so we can show that this small world works with the same forms of the macro world. Also taking a special look on the images that exhibit abstract forms. The image was obtained through Field Emission Gun – Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG – SEM). The material presented in this image is strontium tungstate.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Kanit Hantanasirisakul, MSE, Drexel University


Ti3CN Antelope Canyon

The curved structure presented in the picture is a porous Ti3CN Mxene. The width of the “cliff” on the right hand side of the picture is approximately 20 microns. The author tries to match the MXene microporous structure with the Antelope canyon in Nevada. MXene and antelope do have something in common in the sense that they are made from soil (clay for MXene).

HONORABLE MENTION: Laura Riccardi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy.



Molecular dynamics simulations of monolayer protected gold nanoparticles in water. To avoid boundary conditions artifacts the system is replicated in all three directions of space, mimicking an infinite system. The foruth dimension is time. Molecular dynamics simulations allow to follow the dynamical evolution of the system, typically in the nanosecond to microsecond time scale.

HONORABLE MENTION: Gabriel Burks, MSE,  Drexel University.


Gasp!!! Fall is Here, but Winter is Near

This image is dedicated to the millennials, who find themselves at the crossroads of constant change. Society is in perpetual motion it is to our advantage to be prepared to adapt to these changes. The scarecrow gasps at the sight of yet another predicted change upon the horizon, but it also knows that its place in the field is crucial for the eventual success of the crop (especially in the midst of the changing environment. So to the millennials, be strong in your values, flexible in your ways, and never-ending in your pursuits. Fall is here, but we all know that winter is near!
Scientifically speaking, this image is one of colorized Poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF crystallites viewed under scanning electron microscope.

HONORABLE MENTION: Yuriy Smolin, CBE, Drexel University


Polyaniline blueberries on carbon nanofibers twigs

Electrospun carbon nanofibers are coated with a 10nm polyaniline coating using oxidative chemical vapor deposition (CVD). During this specific reaction, spheres of polyaniline formed on the surface of the carbon nanofibers, along with some rough patches. The spheres reminded me of blueberries and the rough patches reminded of insects that craw on twigs such as red caterpillars, and the nanofibers reminded me of green twigs.  So I made this image to reflect this natural scene in my mind.


The winners will be awarded cash prizes in U.S. dollars. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place awards and one People’s Choice award:

1st Place: $700

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $100

People’s Choice: $500

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place will be awarded based on Judge’s choice. People’s Choice will be selected as the image with the highest number of Likes on the competition Facebook page.

 Important Dates

2017 Deadline: Will be announced soon 
2016 Results:
Awards for NanoArtography 2016 have been announced. Thank you to all who have submitted! We appreciate the artwork we have received from all over the world! 

Contest winners were announced on November 14th, 2016 and were also featured on the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute 2017 calendar.


This competition is open to all students and researchers (domestic and international) creating artistic scientific images in the materials science and engineering and related fields.

  • Any kind of B&W or colorized microscopy images, computational simulations, or combination of both, etc.
  • No more than three entries are allowed per individual or team.
  • The submitting individual should also fill out and sign the image permission file and submit it with each entry.


If you are ready to submit, please follow the steps provided:

NanoArtography Image Permission Policy Agreement (.DOC)

  1. Download the DOC waiver (above).
  2. Fill in the submission information, such as your name, title of your artwork, and the description of your artwork (200 words or less).
  3. Please email your Policy Agreement and NanoArtography Artwork to before the deadline.
  4. Remember to attach the files!
  5. Make sure you have received a confirmation email within 24 hours.

Files extensions accepted: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, tif, tiff, pdf, doc, docx