Fifth Place - Benjamin Myers

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Staff, Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)

Developing synthetic microcapsule capable of traveling to specific parts of the body and delivering chemical substances, like medications, is an exciting application of nanotechnology. This image, taken by Myers, a scanning electron microscopist at NUANCE, shows a number of these capsules, which are made of a fibrous synthetic shell with a gel or liquid core. This synthetic shell can be easily modified to target different cells in the body and to control the release of the substance it carries. For example, these capsules could be designed to target cancer cells and, once found, release an anti-cancer drug.