Pia Ruckdeschel, a graduate student in the Retsch group at the University of Bayreuth, was chosen as one of the finalists for the 2015 MRS Science as Art Competition. The beautiful patterns that resemble flowers (falsely colored for artistic effect) came from a TEM image of a double-layer of hexagonally ordered silica hollow spheres with a diameter of 315 nm and a shell thickness of 15 nm. Pia works on developing fabrication methods for high quality, large-area colloidal monolayers that can be self-assembled into materials with well-defined nanostructures.
- Written by Eugene Choi, Edited by Paulette Clancy
(Photo credit: Image courtesy of the Materials Research Society (www.mrs.org) Science as Art Competition and Pia Ruckdeschel, University of Bayreuth).