2013 EM Image Contest Grand Prize Winner

Marcos Rosado, Electron Microscopy Division of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Thermo Fisher Scientific is proud to announce that Marcos Rosado has been awarded the grand prize in the 2013 Image Contest for his entry "Acacia Dealbata Flower".

Acacia Dealbata Flower
In this SEM image we can see an Acacia dealbata (yellow mimosa) flower about to open. The HFW is 4.35 mm. The flower was removed from the tree and put into the microscope in a fresh state. The image was taken as soon as possible to avoid high structure damage. False color applied by Photoshop.

Image Inspiration:

"I was in the garden of my parents' house admiring the Acacia Dealbata. I noticed a little ball hanging from a branch of the tree which was going to be a flower in a few days. It seemed to have some beautiful yellow spots into it, so I decided to take it and have a look at it in the microscope. What I discovered is that it, as I supposed, was an Acacia Dealbata flower about to open. It was really beautiful so I decided to take an image which I sent to the contest.

Curiosity is what motivates me to discover specimen that are impossible to see with the naked eye. This same curiosity is what makes me to get the best possible result for the for the institute in the field of nanotechnology."

About the Winner:

Marcos Rosado is an electron microscopy and imaging specialist for the Electron Microscopy Division of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). He prepares multiple types of samples for analysis and characterization in the Thermo Scientific Quanta 650 FEG ESEM, Magellan 400L XHRSEM, and Tecnai G2 F20. Marcos received his Master's degree in Science and Engineering of Materials from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). When not in the lab, Marcos enjoys sports, travel, culture, and learning about new technology. He currently resides in Barcelona, Spain