'MXene Yoda' storms Science as Art competition


Rebecca Pool

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:15
Image: “Mxene Yoda” was created from a SEM scan of oxidized 2D V2CTx particles
A scanning electron microscopy image of 'Yoda' from Star Wars has opened eyes at the latest US Materials Research Society’s semi-annual Science as Art competition.
Using a Jeol JSM-7000F, Armin VahidMohammadi, a doctoral student in materials engineering from Auburn University, rendered the image from the 2D nanomaterial MXene.
VahidMohammadi first encountered the SEM as an undergraduate, then became more familiar with its use as a graduate student studying morphology of nanoparticles. He now uses the JEOL JSM-7000F SEM regularly at Auburn. [JEOL]
The incredible image is just one of several winning images from VahidMohammadi.
Last Autumn, he wowed attendees at the 2018 Fall MRS Meeting and Exhibit in Boston with the first place “MXene Turtle Under the Sea”, nestled in clouds of vanadium carbide.
The MXene Turtle Under the Sea. (Image: Armin VahidMohammadi) 
Two years earlier, his “Nano Lord Voldemort” was also deemed best in show.
Nano Lord Voldemort. (Image: Armin VahidMohammadi) 
“Mxene Yoda,” was created from a SEM scan of oxidized 2D V2CTx particles that show promise as electrode material for supercapacitors and batteries, and was placed second in this year's competition.
“The MXene Yoda image is particular in its own way, maybe similar to the Voldemort image, as it means a lot to the people in the United States,” says VahidMohammadi. “He is also one of my favourite characters in the ‘Star Wars’ series. I’m glad I was able to find him in the nanoscale world.”
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