2021 SEM/TEM/EPMA Image Contest

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What Makes a Winning Image?

A winning image requires the following attributes:

  1. Artistically or esthetically pleasing to look at (eye catching).
  2. Good composition, not unlike any piece of artwork (layout, brightness contrast, color…).
  3. Technically sound with no charging, sharp focus, no astigmatism and the correct detector and accelerating voltage (usually the lower the better).
  4. Careful and competent use of image processing and colorization.

2021 SEM/TEM/EPMA Image Contest Winners

January 2021 Winner

TITLE: Kombucha fermentor; SUBJECT: Kombucha fermentors; CREDIT: DONNA STOLZ, Center for Biologic Imaging, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cell Biology; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6335F SEM

February 2021 Winner

TITLE: Peacock Rock; SUBJECT: A Kimberlite (diamond-bearing ore) peacock of olivine crystals; CREDIT: BRYONY RICHARDS, University of Utah; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: IT3000

March 2021 Winner
TITLE: Alien crystals; SUBJECT: Co-crystals of Ethambutol and Rifampicin; CREDIT: Ala' Salem, University of Pecs; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-IT500HR

2021 SEM/TEM/EPMA Image Contest Entrants

Coral Skeleton

TITLE: Coral Skeleton; SUBJECT: Coral Skeleton; CREDIT: Nicholas Meszaros, The University of Texas at Austin; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-6490LV SEM

Kaolinite

TITLE: Kaolinite; SUBJECT: Single kaolinite particle from a kaolin clay powder with a beautiful layered structure; CREDIT: Johannes T. Kehren, Hochschule Koblenz; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 7200F

American Robin Eggshell

TITLE: American Robin Eggshell; SUBJECT: JSM 6610LV at high vacuum mode with an accelerating beam voltage of 10 kV and emission current 10 µA; CREDIT: Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6610LV SEM

Chrysotil
TITLE: Chrysotil; SUBJECT: Chrysotil (Asbestos); CREDIT: Matthias Oppermann, Chemisches Labor Dr. Graser KG; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-IT 200
Northern Cardinal Eggshell

TITLE: Northern Cardinal Eggshell; SUBJECT: JSM 6610LV at high vacuum mode with an accelerating beam voltage of 10 kV and emission current 10 µA; CREDIT: Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6610LV SEM 

Tree Swallow Eggshell

TITLE: Tree Swallow Eggshell; SUBJECT: JSM 6610LV at high vacuum mode with an accelerating beam voltage of 10 kV and emission current 10 µA; CREDIT: Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6610LV SEM 

Emerald collision

TITLE: Emerald collision; SUBJECT: Precipitation of calcium carbonate; CREDIT: Aldenora dos Santos Vasconcelos, Center for Analysis of Biomedical Phenomena of the University of State of Amazonas - CMABio/UEA; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-IT500HR

biomolecular flower

TITLE: biomolecular flower; SUBJECT: Flower like structure of bio-molecules on composite electrode (EDX-MAPPING); CREDIT: Jayesh Chaudhary/Sunil Luhar, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute ; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM7 7100F

I’ve Got You Beat Captain Hook

TITLE: I’ve Got You Beat Captain Hook; SUBJECT: Hamuli on a Hymenoptera (honey bee) used to interlock the anterior and posterior wings (close up); CREDIT: Josephine Mueller, The McCrone Group, Inc.; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-IT700HR

Zip Up Your Wings and Fly

TITLE: Zip Up Your Wings and Fly; SUBJECT: Hamuli on a Hymenoptera (honey bee) used to interlock the anterior and posterior wings; CREDIT: Josephine Mueller, The McCrone Group, Inc.; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-IT700HR

nanocomposite waves

TITLE: nanocomposite waves; SUBJECT: Nanoparticles of tin oxide distributed over rGO sheet forming a big nanocomposite wave; CREDIT: Fernanda da Costa Romeiro, Diego Luiz Tita and Prof. Marcelo Ornaghi Orlandi, São Paulo State University-UNESP, Brazil; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-7500F FE SEM

TiO2 Nanoflowers

TITLE: TiO2 Nanoflowers; SUBJECT: Titanium dioxide thin films; CREDIT: Narote, Jambhulkar, Desai Nilesh, Rahul,Neha, Department of Chemistry, R.B.N.B. College Shrirampur; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6360 A

MoO3 Nanorods

TITLE: MoO3 Nanorods; SUBJECT: Molybdenum trioxide; CREDIT: Jadhav, Karegaonkar Krishna, Shubham, Department of Chemistry, R.B.N.B. College Shrirampur, India; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6360 A

Orchid root

TITLE: Orchid root; SUBJECT: Orchid root; CREDIT: Jasmine Coyle, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL Neoscope JCM6000 Plus

Mako shark skin

TITLE: Mako shark skin; SUBJECT: Mako shark skin; CREDIT: Tricia Meredith, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL Neoscope JCM6000 Plus

Passion Flower

TITLE: Passion Flower; SUBJECT: Shoot aplical meristem of Passiflora organensis: multipotent stem cells producing new primordia; CREDIT: Tatiana de Souza Moraes Tatiana, University of São Paulo; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-IT300LV

Hydrogel

TITLE: Hydrogel; SUBJECT: Hydrogel; CREDIT: Satviki Singh, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL Neoscope JCM6000 Plus

Geranium Gametes

TITLE: Geranium Gametes; SUBJECT: Pollen grains protruding from the anthers of a Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower; CREDIT: Karl Gaff, Nano Research Facility (NRF) at Dublin City University (DCU); METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-IT100

Love is in the air

TITLE: Love is in the air; SUBJECT: Small oxide dendrites on the surface of an urban micrometeorite; CREDIT: Anette von der Handt, University of Minnesota, Earth and Environmental Sciences; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JXA-8530FPlus EPMA

Millipede

TITLE: Millipede; SUBJECT: Millipede; CREDIT: Tricia Meredith, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL Neoscope JCM6000 Plus

Nano Military Personnel

TITLE: Nano Military Personnel; SUBJECT: High Entropy Alloys. Growth of NiAl precipitate in Al9Co27.3Cr18.2Fe18.2Ni27.3 (atomic %) alloy; CREDIT: VICKEY NANDAL, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), India; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL TEM JEM-1400

Flower Blossom in High Entropy Alloys

TITLE: Flower Blossom in High Entropy Alloys; SUBJECT: Beauty of High Entropy Alloys - unexpected mechanical properties as well as beautiful microstructure features (i.e., precipitates); CREDIT: VICKEY NANDAL, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), India; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 7800F PRIME FESEM

A Graphite Rose

TITLE: A Graphite Rose; SUBJECT: Quinoline insoluble particle in nuclear grade graphite displaying a rosette-like arrangement of graphite crystallites; CREDIT: Steve Johns, Boise State University; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL-2100 TEM operated at 200 kV

Kimchi Fermentors

TITLE: Kimchi Fermentors; SUBJECT: Kimchi Fermentors; CREDIT: Donna Beer Stolz, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM 6335F SEM

Hummingbird moth wing and scales

TITLE: Hummingbird moth wing and scales; SUBJECT: Hummingbird moth wing, highlighting the scales and non-scaled area; CREDIT: Donna Beer Stolz, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM 6335F SEM

Tin oxide cocoon

TITLE: Tin oxide cocoon; SUBJECT: Thermally-treated tin oxide; CREDIT: Alexandre de Oliveira Jorgetto, Unesp; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-7500F

Many Titanium Moons

TITLE: Many Titanium Moons; SUBJECT: A small piece of a titanium hip implant; CREDIT: Hannah Feinberg, Furman University; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-IT200 SEM

ESD - Electro-Sloth-Discharge

TITLE: ESD - Electro-Sloth-Discharge; SUBJECT: Electrostatic Discharge on a wafer with process layers removed down to the bare silicon level; CREDIT: James Colbath, ON Semiconductor; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL-7600F

Ear hair cells

TITLE: Ear hair cells; SUBJECT: Ear hair cells; CREDIT: Jonathan Franks, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-6335F SEM

Pollen on the leg

TITLE: Pollen on the leg; SUBJECT: Pollen on the leg of a bee; CREDIT: Jonathan Franks, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-6335F SEM

Shrink porosity

TITLE: Shrink porosity; SUBJECT: Shrink porosity found in aluminium casting. Note dendrites ends resembling teeth in a mouth; CREDIT: Marco Nunes, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-6490LV

Iron oxide crystals

TITLE: Iron oxide crystals; SUBJECT: Iron oxide crystals formed due to overheating of gas nozzle aperture in a power plant. ; CREDIT: Marco Nunes, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-6490LV

Nickel sulphide inclusion

TITLE: Nickel sulphide inclusion; SUBJECT: Nickel sulphide inclusion in glass pane; CREDIT: Marco Nunes, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-6490LV

Ilmenite exolution

TITLE: Ilmenite exolution; SUBJECT: ; CREDIT: Jackie Kleinsasser, University of Michigan; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-7800F

A Diatom's elegant beauty

TITLE: A Diatom's elegant beauty; SUBJECT: Diatom; CREDIT: Jonathan Franks, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-6335F SEM

Covid Plaque

TITLE: Covid Plaque; SUBJECT: Covid19 infected cells; CREDIT: Jonathan Franks, Center for Biologic Imaging; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-6335F SEM

Springtail exoskeleton

TITLE: Springtail exoskeleton; SUBJECT: Springtail exoskeleton; CREDIT: DONNA STOLZ, Center for Biologic Imaging, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cell Biology; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6335F SEM

Intergranular corrosion

TITLE: Intergranular corrosion; SUBJECT: Intergranular corrosion of 310 stainless steel; CREDIT: Sarah Standlee, Element Materials Technology; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM 6390

Tomato pollen tube

TITLE: Tomato pollen tube; SUBJECT: Tomato pollen tube; CREDIT: Syeda Roop Fatima Jaffri, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-7800F

The Grasshoppper

TITLE: The Grasshoppper; SUBJECT: TEM at 200 kV on 200 mesh copper TEM grid; CREDIT: ABHISHEK KUMAR; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM 2010 TEM

Nano-Jellyfish

TITLE: Nano-Jellyfish; SUBJECT: Colorized TEM image of polymeric nano-jellyfish developed via aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA); CREDIT: Spyridon Varlas, University College London; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM-2100 TEM

Can you find your way out?

TITLE: Can you find your way out?; SUBJECT: Colorized TEM image of polymeric nanoworms arranged in a maze-like conformation developed via aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA); CREDIT: Spyridon Varlas, University College London; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM-2100 TEM

Heart of Magnesium

TITLE: Heart of Magnesium; SUBJECT: Pit formed on Magnesium alloy surface on reacting with Orthophosphoric acid due to preferential reaction in localized regions because of rare earth rich precipitate formation; CREDIT: Chetan Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-7800F Prime

Diatom
TITLE: Diatom; SUBJECT: Diatom; CREDIT: Mr. Jayesh Chaudhari, CSIR-CSMCRI; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JSM-7100F
Diatoms of California Pacific Coast
TITLE: Diatoms of California Pacific Coast; SUBJECT: Diatom of genus Cocconeis; CREDIT: Jose L Hernandez Jr., San Joaquin Delta College; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL 6400 SEM
Nickel Tree
TITLE: Nickel Tree; SUBJECT: Nickel nodules growth it looks like a tree; CREDIT: Sheri Neva, Eurofins EAG; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL 6610LV
Nano Dog
TITLE: Nano Dog; SUBJECT: Carbon nanoparticles representing the profile view of a dogs head; CREDIT: Aaron Schwartz-Duval; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL 2010 cryo-electron microscope
Snowflake of Gold
TITLE: Snowflake of Gold; SUBJECT: ; CREDIT: Aaron Schwartz-Duval; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL 2010 cryo-electron microscope
Santa
TITLE: Santa; SUBJECT: Dendrites Mirrored shows what looks like Santa and a Star; CREDIT: Sheri Neva, Eurofins EAG; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL 6610LV
Nano horse head
TITLE: Nano horse head; SUBJECT: Gadolinium; CREDIT: Krishna Kumar G, Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre , Cochin; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEM 2100HR
UFO - Unidentified Floating Object!
TITLE: UFO - Unidentified Floating Object!; SUBJECT: Colorized SEM image of a centric diatom; CREDIT: Vijayasankar Raman, The University of Mississippi; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JSM-7200FLV
Spider spinneret
TITLE: Spider spinneret; SUBJECT: ; CREDIT: Braden Ruddy, Florida Atlantic University High School Imaging lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL SEM
Hercules Holding Coating
TITLE: Hercules Holding Coating; SUBJECT: The image demonstrates the cross-section view of AlScN thin film on Pt/Si substrate; CREDIT: PARIASADAT MUSAVIGHARAVI, University of Pennsylvania; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL F200 TEM
RER Waves
TITLE: RER Waves; SUBJECT: Acinar Cell of the Pancreas - An Enzyme Factory TEM image of waves of RER (rough endoplasmic reticulum) crashing ashore on a nucleus in an Exocrine Acinar Cell of the pancreas; CREDIT: Patrick Nahirney, University of Victoria; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL JEM1400
Magma
TITLE: Magma; SUBJECT: Electrochemical deposition of copper nanowires into a 200 nm pore size AOO template; CREDIT: Maria de Lourdes Gonzalez-Juarez, University of Southampton; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: SEM JEOL-JSM 6500F
Gecko Toes
TITLE: Gecko Toes; SUBJECT: Gecko Toes; CREDIT: Angelina Smith, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL SEM
Ant head
TITLE: Ant head; SUBJECT: Ant head; CREDIT: Braden Ruddy, Florida Atlantic University High School Owls Imaging Lab; METHOD/INSTRUMENT: JEOL SEM

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