Crystals in Art Competition 2020 Winners Announced!

BACG 'Crystals in Art' Competition

Crystals in Art 2020 Competition Winners

Sunrise Swords on the Frozen Lake

Sunrise Swords on the Frozen Lake

Entry: #4248 (1st Prize)

Contestant: Sean William Connolly

Affiliation: University of Kent

Object Imaged: Organic crystal of a Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adduct molecule

Conditions: Crystallised from Chloroform

Image taken with: Phone camera looking down microscope lens

Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers

Entry: #4272 (2nd Prize)

Contestant: Shiqiang Wang

Affiliation: University of Limerick 

Object Imaged: A coordination polymer or metal-organic framework crystallized for 1.5 years!

Conditions: The solution was heated at around 100 degree C for 1 day and then filtered to a new vial. The vial was left still for 1.5 years.

Image taken with: Microscope; MeiTu software

Colour of Life

Colour of Life

Entry: #4206 (3rd Prize)

Contestant: Rajshree Chakrabarti

Affiliation: University of Houston 

Object Imaged: Protoporphyrin IX

Conditions: Crystallised from butanol

Image taken with: Scanning Electron Microscope

First prize: £150 & certificate

Second prize: £100 & certificate

Third prize: £50 & certificate!

All submitted entries are displayed below.

Butterflies and light fairies

Imaging technique used: Optical microscopy

Crystals of the amino acid glycine formed the shape of a butterfly on the edge of a 10 microlitre droplet dried on a glass slide. The crystals should have formed a ring at the edge of the droplet known as the “coffee-ring” but here a possible contamination with a fibre, appearing in the “wing” of the butterfly, seems to interrupt this phenomenon leading to the formation of a butterfly shape. |

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Thank you to all our participants for sending in such fabulous entries.

Crstals in Art 2020 is now closed. The next competition will take place in 2021.