The Kroto Research Institute has revealed the twenty most exciting images representing their scientific research of 2012.
The competition, which has been running since 2006, received a total of 103 submissions for its four distinct categories: light microscopy, electron microscopy, computational images and ‘other’.
Images were judged on the basis of visual interest and impact.
Submissions varied from Frazer Bye’s Scaffold Tracks, which traces fibres acting like a scaffold to facilitate the development of skin to Dr Harry Langford’s picture Moon, which features a close-up of a windblown dust particle with important implications for the planet’s ice caps.
Techniques used to create the images ranged from using a confocal microscope to attaching a Canon 1000D SLR camera to a reflection microscope at 1000x magnification.
Based at the University of Sheffield, the Kroto Research Institute is a multidisciplinary UK research facility that combines molecular science and engineering to tackle major scientific challenges.
The competition actively encourages entries with a strong artistic element, with the aim of encouraging questions about the scientific processes that give rise to these elegant structures.
Elinor Noble, who is in charge of running the competition said: “The winners of each category and the overall competition as a whole will be chosen by Professor Harry Kroto and Lady Margaret Kroto and announced during their visit to the Krebs Research Institute in June.”