Some photos and geekings from a scientist and all-round nerd.
Bernal-stacked (ABA) graphene with interstitial C atoms between the graphene layers. Designed in Materials Studio, rendered in VMD.
Wind turbines at Carne
Two perfect honeycomb domains of graphene meet at an angle. This angle isn't the ideal 60°, so the hexagons at the border distort into pairs of pentagons and heptagons. The 5- and 7-sided rings bond the two lattices like a zipper. They form a periodic pattern that changes the properties of the whole single-atom-thick layer. Modelled and rendered in Rhino.
Abigail the bichon yorkie loves to play
In April 2014 I was chosen as the Nanosciences Fondation's NanoArt laureate for my "Nano-landscape" image. The nanoscopic world mirrors the macroscopic. Seen here is a valley and plateau on the surface of a silver crystal, imaged by Scanning Tunneling Microscope. The small hillocks are the height of a single atom and the "waves" in the sea are actually individual molecules which self-assemble into ordered structures. The study of such self-organisation is key for the future of electronics, which may be made up of circuits comprised of single molecules. Although this image is more than 1000 times smaller than the width of a hair, it could be mistaken for a rocky outcrop jutting into the sea. Rendered with WSxM, edited in Photoshop & Illustrator.
Sick Honey Bee
I found a honey bee on the windowsill and very near death, so I took him outside and have him some honey to rejuvenate him. Minutes later he was back to full health and flew off!