2020 nanoFAB image contest

3D chiral mechanical metamaterial - Joe Losby, Freeman (U Alberta Physics) and Barclay (U Calgary Physics & Astronomy) groups
Large-scale multi-frequency CMUT array - Mohammad Maadi, Zemp group (U Alberta Electrical & Computer Engineering) Miniaturized folded half-mode integrated waveguide cavity three-pole bandpass filter for 5G millimeter-wave communication systems in W-Band - Tom Jones, Daneshmand group (U Alberta Electrical & Computer Engineering)

General Information

In the midst of a challenging year, we would like to recognise the excellent work—and the moments of inspiration, surprise, and creativity—done in the nanoFAB user community. To this end, we are pleased to announce our fourth annual image contest, and invite all nanoFAB users to submit their most interesting images, whether from a technical or a purely aesthetic perspective.

For the 2020 contest, the deadline for submissions is December 23, 2020; prizes will be announced by January 15, 2021.


The prizes will be issued as gift cards to one of the following vendors (at each prize-winner’s discretion): iTunes Store, Google Play, Tim Hortons, Starbucks.

  • 1st Prize: $100 gift card
  • 2nd Prize: $50 gift card
  • 3rd Prize: $25 gift card

A panel of judges will select the winners, based on both a technical and an artistic point of view; the panel reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes has not conformed to the rules.

Submission Rules

  • Contestants must be registered nanoFAB users.
  • There are no restrictions as to acquisition technique: micrographs (e.g., optical, electron, ion, scanning-probe), macroscale photographs of specimens, and other imaging methods are all allowed.
  • There are no restrictions regarding subject matter, but the image submitted must involve nanoFAB equipment in some way, whether via fabrication and/or characterization.
  • Images must be submitted via an LMACS Request:
  • Use the Image Contest request type.
  • Upload the image file using the Add File(s) button (one image file per request).
  • In the Description field of the request, include the following information:
  1. A description of the specimen, including material(s) and research application
  2. Which nanoFAB tools were used in the fabrication and/or imaging of the specimen
  3. A caption to be used for display
  • Allowed image formats: TIFF, PNG, JPEG, GIF, PDF (max. file size = 10 MB)
  • Multiple entires may be submitted by the same user (in multiple requests).
  • By submitting an entry, the user grants permission to the nanoFAB to use the submitted image for promotional purposes, including publication online and/or in hard copy.