University of Connecticut Displays the Science – and Art – of Nanochemistry

Two of Professor Kumar’s images, left, ‘Enzyme’ Stained Glass, and DNA Floor Boards

Two of Professor Kumar’s images, left, ‘Enzyme’ Stained Glass, and DNA Floor Boards.
Photo Courtesy of Uconn Libraries

If you happen to be in Connecticut over the next few months, check out the “Art in Nanochemistry” exhibit at the Stevens Gallery of Homer Babbidge Library at UConn. The exhibit, which runs through June 15th, showcases a collection of photomicrograph images showing objects at a near-billion magnification.

Thanks to the imagery captured by high power electron and/or optical microscopes, Professor Challa Vijaya Kumar—head of UConn’s Divisions of Physical and Biological Chemistry—and his Ph.D. students, have captured natural materials on a nano-level. The results yielded visually-engaging images that look right at home when displayed as framed art in a gallery setting.

KNF RC 900 Rotary Evaporator on display

KNF RC 900 Rotary Evaporator on display.

Also on display is KNF’s RC 900 rotary evaporator. We like to think the form and function behind the RC 900 displays its own artistry, although, in this case it was selected to be part of this nano-scale themed exhibit to highlight rotary evaporation as an important laboratory tool for small molecule synthesis.

According to the University of Connecticut, the exhibit “is a collection of electron micrographs of nanomaterials from Dr. Kumar’s research group, created with support from the National Science Foundation, works of his colleagues at UConn, and also from the Materials Research Society Art-in-Chemistry annual competitions. Dr. Kumar and his group are investigating how these protein-DNA nanomaterials they create in the lab can be applied in enzyme fuel cells, DNA-solar cells, and neuroprosthesis for spinal cord repair.”

For more information, please visit the Uconn library blog regarding the exhibit or the KNF RC 900 rotary evaporator landing page

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