NT-MDT, a manufacturer of scanning probe microscopes, atomic force microscopes and nanotechnology-related instrumentation and technology, headquartered in Moscow, has announced the winners of the 2011 ProIMAGE contest. NT-MDT annually hosts the ProIMAGE contest – a scanning probe microscope and atomic force microscope image competition.
The first prize winner is a PhD student from Hamburg, Denise Erb, who titled her entry Growth. Denise Erb is part of a research group at DESY developing a solution for large scale and effective nanopatterning on metallic films by combining two x-ray scattering – the nuclear resonant scattering and grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering to determine the magnetic and structural evolvement of nanostructures during sputter disposition.
The second prize winner is Dr Martyna Grydlik with her entry Nano-Turtle. Dr Grydlik investigates quantum dots with electronic properties by combining scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The third place winner is Dr RonaldTararam for the entry titled Fire.DrTararam’s research at Sao Paulo State University’s MCDCM involves AFM techniques to determine the electrical characteristics of devices and materials.
Every year contestants submit images obtained using NT-MDT’s AFM probes. Last year, over 130 entries were received from participants worldwide. The images received included SPM/AFM images from numerous fields of study such as organic molecules, grapheme, polymers and cells. The first prize is worth $3000, second prize worth $2000 and third prize worth $1000.