Nanohedron aims to exhibit scientific images, with a focus on
images depicting nanoscale objects. The work ranges from electron microscopy
images of nanoscale materials to graphical renderings of molecules. Scientific
images lying outside the realm of nanoscience such as algorithmic art or confocal microscopy images of cells will
also be considered.
Bimonthly competitions began in November 2007. Entries are
currently being accepted, and can be sent to
But have you checked out the NANOBAMAS, recently created by John Hart. The smallest presidential portrait by
far, each image is composed of ~150 million carbon nanotubes, roughly representing the number of votes cast in the
2008 presidential election.
January 30th, 2009
The midas touch? MIT researchers recently demonstrated that gold nanoparticles could carry drugs to potentially treat various diseases. One of the strengths of this strategy is that a cocktail of drugs can be delivered, making the approach especially relevant to treating cancer and AIDS.
In the following image (by Andy Wijaya) the top image contains both nanobones (long particles) and nanocapsules (small particles). After irradiation with 800 nm infrared light, the nanocapsules melt releasing drugs, while the nanobones remain intact. Irradiation with 1100 nm infrared light, on the other hand, melts the nanobones while leaving the nanocapsules intact. Read more here.
January 29th, 2009
Nanohedron recently posted Gallery V, and two more galleries are in the works. The first gallery will feature images by Benjamin Hatton of the Joanna Aizenberg Group. They will range from images of colloid assemblies - reminiscent of works by Klimt - to electron microscope (EM) images of nanopyramids and nanoshells.
The second gallery will be titled "Art inspired by Science." It will include works by Laura Olear, who uses the medium of oil paint to render viruses and bacteria that have enjoyed the public spotlight (think e.coli, SARS, Flesh Eating Bacteria, etc.). Her "Paramyxomavirus" is posted in Gallery V. They will also include works by artist Susan Elaine, who uses primarily acrylics. Her works are suffused with organic life - even her most abstract works in her Cell Series are still reminiscent of one of the fundamental units of life. Delightful works by Hypsis will also be included. His Turbulence Magnetique was a big hit with Nanohedron viewers in Gallery V, and he has plenty more excellent material to share with us (check out the Nanohedron Myspace wall, for a preview).
January 16th, 2009 Joanna Aizenberg's Group at Harvard has generated microfibers attached to a substrate that twist together upon evaporation of a solvent that they were immerged in ( image from HarvardScience):
January 10th, 2009 Carolyn Bertozzi's Group at UC Berkeley recently reported the first synthesis and characterization of the ever elusive cycloparaphenylene. Termed a "nanohoop," a model of the highly strained nanotube fundamental unit is depicted below (reproduced from JACS 2008,
January 6th, 2009 Sugar-coated nanoparticles have been used by a researchers at Oxford University to detect mutliple sclerosis legions in rat brains.
In the image above, glyconanoparticles were used as a magnetic resonance contrasting agent, revealing inflamed vessels that encompass brain lesions. The work was reported in PNAS by Benjamin G. Davis and coworkers, and a nice write-up can be found at C&E News.
December 16th, 2008 NanoArt 2008 International Online Competition: is an interesting contest held by Cris Orfescu where artists/scientists can submit their own original works, or folks with a creative bent can artistically modify a "seed" image of a nanoscale object provided by Orfescu. Get those entries in - the deadline is Jan. 15th, 2009.