Art inside your crystals

SIdI_IYCr_A3_def2Since ancient times, crystals have captivated humankind. However, the beauty of crystals is not only found on the outside but also on the inner structure. The arrangement of atoms or the stacking of molecules displays also perfection and harmony that are constantly surprising us.

Crystal structures, solved by X-ray diffraction, have allowed scientists to explain different properties of many different substances: minerals, new materials, medicaments, and biomolecules. Beyond the scientific utility of crystal structures, they are also cause of awe and amazement. The purpose of this contest is to unveil the hidden beauty inside crystals, by looking at their inner structure with artistic images: art inside your crystals.