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The Art of Engineering

Organic Nanowires

Research at McCormick pushes frontiers and crosses disciplines—and along the way it may produce images of significant aesthetic value. These images may suggest new questions, generate or reveal new information, convey new meaning, and generate new connections. Many—like the one shown here—can be considered pieces of art in their own right.

Researchers in the lab of Jiaxing Huang, the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing, are interested in the chemical synthesis, structure characterization and identification, and chemical properties of organic nanocrystals. This image, taken with a scanning electron microscope, shows vertical arrays of organic nanowires prepared in Huang’s lab that could be used for optical sensing and nanophotonics.