harvard researcher grows microscopic crystal flowers
original content
may 21, 2013
harvard researcher grows microscopic crystal flowers



harvard researcher grows microscopic crystal flowers
all images © wim l. noorduin

 

 

 

wim l. noorduin, a postdoctoral candidate at the harvard school of engineering and applied sciences, has grown a collective of microscopic crystal flowers by dissolving barium chloride and sodium silicate into a beaker of water. in a chemical reaction, barium carbonate crystals are formed as carbon dioxide from the air to diffuses the solution, creating intricately jagged forms and patterns. ‘in nature, you see many complex shapes and patterns,’ says wim noorduin ‘there’s a huge interest to grow complex shapes at the microscale,’ in response to differences in the environment, the structure of a shell dramatically changes as the acidity of the solution and the temperature become modified. images are then taken using an electron microscope – which capture details of the composition. 

 

 


a collective of microscopic flowers are produced by dissolving barium chloride and sodium silicate into a beaker of water

 

 


in a chemical reaction, barium carbonate crystals are formed as carbon dioxide from the air to diffuses the solution, creating an intricate jagged forms

 

 


the structure of a shell dramatically changes as the acidity of the solution and the temperature become modified

 

 


images are then taken using an electron microscope – which capture details of the composition.

 

 


garden of flowers

 

 

H/T creators project

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library