NIST/Lab on a Chip Art in Science Competition

To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit, the µTAS Conference features an award titled, “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science” sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip. Applications are encouraged from any person attending the µTAS Conference and the winner will be selected by a panel of senior scientists in the field of µTAS.

Past Winners

MicroTAS 2017 Conference, Savannah, Georgia, USA

Maria Cristina Letizia, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
Art in Science 2017 Award Winner: This image was obtained during the filling of microfluidic chambers with Pluronic F-127 with the purpose of functionalizing the chip.

MicroTAS 2016 Conference, Dublin, IRELAND

Vaibhav Jain, Purdue University, USA
Art in Science 2016 Award Winner: The Rising Sun. Dark field micrograph of sweat advancing in a paper channel dyed with Cobalt chloride dehydrate (Blueish), changing it to cobalt chloride hexahydrate (Reddish orange).

MicroTAS 2015 Conference, Gyeongju, KOREA

Matteo Cornaglia, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
Art in Science 2015 Award Winner: Through Warhol’s Eyepiece by Matteo Cornaglia. Created by on-chip multi-dimensional imaging of C.elegans embryogenesis as observed through an Andy Warhol microscope, equipped with a 63x oil immersion objective and a pop art optical filter.

MicroTAS 2014 Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA

David Castro, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, SAUDI ARABIA
Art in Science 2014 Award Winner: Al Kora, The Sphere by David Castro. Top view of a rotating ~40 uL aqueous droplet, suspended at the interface between two fluids (perfluorohexane and mineral oil) inside a square cuvette. The droplet contains an assay of functionalized latex beads, agglutinating in the presence of human C-reactive protein. Photograph by David Castro and David Conchouso.

MicroTAS 2013 Conference, Freiburg, GERMANY

Ye Wang, Eindhoven University, THE NETHERLANDS
Art in Science 2013 Award Winner: Structure and rheology of complex fluids by Ye Wang. Artificial cilia (microhairs) made with Polydimethylsiloxane and magnetic nanoparticles using a glass mold made by femtolaser modification and hydrofluoric acid etching.

MicroTAS 2012 Conference, Okinawa JAPAN

Yi Zhang, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Art in Science 2012 Award Winner: Stretching the Rainbow by Yi Zhang. A tiny water droplet held in place by surface energy traps and stretched using a magnetic field to pull on magnetic particles within it.

MicroTAS 2011 Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA

Dong Jin Shin, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Art in Science 2011 Award Winner: Yin and Yang in a Droplet by Dong Jin Shin. A snapshot of the mixing of two types of quantum dot solutions inside a sessile droplet driven by a microfluidic magnetic gyromixer.

MicroTAS 2010 Conference, Groningen, THE NETHERLANDS

Nicholas Gunn, University of California, Irvine, USA
Art in Science 2010 Award Winner: Cell Block 9 by Nicolas Gunn. A colorized SEM micrograph showing fibroblast cells cultured on microscale pedestals.

MicroTAS 2009 Conference, Jeju, KOREA

Jungkwun Kim, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA
Art in Science 2009 Award Winner: Micro world: united we stand by Jungkwun Kim and Yong Kyu Yoon. SU-8 shapes defined by multi- directional ultraviolet lithography, where glass with a pre-patterned chromium layer is used as a photomask as well as a substrate.

MicroTAS 2008 Conference, San Diego, California, USA

Yu-Wen Huang, Texas A&M University, USA
Art in Science 2008 Award Winner: City Lights by Yu-Wen Huang. The image is a micro- graph of a solution of unlabelled double-stranded DNA, electrophoretically concentrated near a 50 mm-wide electrode.