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Winners of the NT-MDT AFM Image Competition Announced

Published on March 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM

ProIMAGE Contest 2010 is a competition of AFM-images obtained with NT-MDT probes. The main aim is to collect an image gallery of the scans showing the best application of the probes in a great variety of research in different spheres and objects (cells, molecules, atoms of the organic and non-organic materials, minerals, soil, bacteria etc.).

The participants sent their AFM-images in over a period of 4 months. There was a  total 170 scans  submitted. Judges of the ProIMAGE Contest 2010 found the submitted scans to be amazing, as well as scientifically and aesthetically interesting.

The final TOP-40 consisted of TOP-10 of August, September, October and November. All of them were selected by open on-line voting. And in January 2011 the jury chooses the best scan.

The 1st place - Ms. Alexandra A. Sertsova (Russia) with her image "Dancing":


Scan size:12,5x12,5 um
Probes used: CSG01

Ms. Sertsova conquered the jury. As she said her dancing creatures were made of polyvinyl alcohol film contained tripsin. It was a crystalline part of polymer film. But the result we can see is vivid and unusual. Wonders of science and engineering!

The jury also liked her scan "Nanofibers":


Scan size: 13x13 um
Probes used: NSG10

Ms. Sertsova works at the Moscow State Textile Institute. "A.N. Kosygin" at the Department of the technology of chemical fibers and nanomaterials, and in parallel studies at the graduate school in the Russian Chemical and Technological University "D.I. Mendeleev" at the Department of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. Her research interests are quite extensive: atomic force microscopy of textile and plastic materials, development and creation of nanocomposites with special properties, and others.

The 2nd place - Mr. Sergey Kitan (Russia) with the scan "For you, Ladies":


Scan size: 3x3 um
Probes used: NSG10

The red rose for beautiful ladies is the AFM-image of Cu film on Fe-Si/Si(001) in UHV-chamber. The SemiContact regime was used.

Mr. Kitan works at the Far Eastern National University and researches atomic processes of metal-semiconductor nanostructures based on metals, silicides and Si in Physics departure. His scientific interests are oriented to the research of electronic, optical and morphological characteristics of transition metals on Si thin-film nanophases by spectroscopy and SPM methods. The laboratory of the University is equipped with an NTEGRA Spectra and SOLVER P47.

The 3rd place - Ms. Clare Harvey (the Netherlands) with the scan "Unexpected Snow":


Scan size: 20x20 um
Probes used: VIT_P

Ms. Clare Harvey (Utrecht University) presented to the jury an AFM-image of Rhodamine-6G and Ag nano-cubes deposited on a polished alumina wafer. The sample was dried in a flow of warm air, leading to the unusual structures and looked like flakes of snow.

The winners will be awarded Diplomas of NT-MDT Co. and certificates:

  • USD 1000 for the 3rd place
  • USD 1500 for the 2nd place
  • USD 2500 for the 1st place!

NT-MDT Co. thanks the participants for the excellent AFM-images.

Watch for our announcements and participate in new competitions. Good luck!

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