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The Art in Science of MicroTAS: the 2014 issue



Darwin R. Reyes-Hernandez


For the 7th year in a row the Art in Science award competition, sponsored by Lab on a Chip and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), took place at the 18th International Conference of Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences held in San Antonio, Texas (USA) on October 2014. Out of 25 submissions the award was presented to David Castro from KAUST, Saudi Arabia for the image titled “The Sphere”, which is featured in the cover of this issue (Fig. 2). The image is a micrograph of an aqueous droplet hanging between two fluids in a square cuvette. This 40 μL droplet was formed between a layer of perfluorohexane and mineral oil, and it is comprised of agglutinated functionalized latex beads mixed with human C-reactive proteins. This extraordinary image, although is of a very small droplet, could give the impression to the viewer as if it was an object in space, such as a planet, seeing from the window of a futuristic space ship.
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Reyes-Hernandez, D. (2015), The Art in Science of MicroTAS: the 2014 issue, Lab on A Chip, [online], (Accessed February 28, 2024)
Created April 14, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018