MSSI researcher is winner of the sfi image of the year

MSSI researcher and PhD student Matthew Gleeson is the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture ‘Lightning Wires’. The winning image was selected from over 40 submissions and will appear on the front of the SFI Annual Report. Matthew’s winning entry is of hydrothermally synthesized sodium niobate micro-wires. The image was taken using differential interference contrast on a light microscope, the image being about one hundred microns across. The sodium niobate micro-wires were grown using a method similar to pressure cooking called hydrothermal synthesis. The image shows the largest of the wires which have widths fractions the diameter of a human hair.

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