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Monday, 22 August, 2011

Visualizing nanoscience

Within a two week project, master students of media informatics at LMU created 3D animations about current nano research in cooperation with NIM graduate students.

NIM scientists examine tiny objects, which are difficult to imagine. In order to visualize them, 3D animations are a very powerful tool. Nonetheless, creating those videos requires both technical and artistic know-how.

Master students of media informatics at LMU possess these skills. In August, sixteen of them took part in a project supported by NIM. They were given 2 weeks time to visualize nano sciences by using 3D animations. The project was managed by Prof. Wolfgang Höhl (Macromedia University, guest lecturer at LMU) and Andreas Butz, LMU professor for media informatics (chair of Prof. Hussmann). The topics were provided by NIM graduate students. Many of them applied for this popular project. Sandra Kienle, Bizan Balzer and Stefan Schlögl (all from TUM) have been successful. Their current research is now presented in 2 video clips. One film is about "self assembled monolayers", the other one shows "atomic force microscopy, based on single molecule desorption".

Usually animations like these are created by commercial agencies, using expensive 3D software and therefore claiming big payments. The NIM videos however, are done with free open source software, which gave no disadvantage at all to the final results.

The video on "self assembled monolayers” can be seen in the Open Research Lab (“Gläsernes Labor”) at the Center of new Technologies (ZNT) of the Deutsches Museum. If visiting the museum is too inconvenient, be our guest by downloading the videos from www.nano-initiative-munich.de.


 Video 1: Self assembled monolayers

 Video 2: Atomic force microscopy, based on single molecule desorption


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