(Tony Carpenter & Xuanyi Wu – 2nd Place MNA award winner & 3rd Place FEI Tony Award Winner)


The 2017 Best SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) award ceremony was held on January 26th. More than 30 images were submitted by students for the contest in two different award categories: the “MNA Award” and the “FEI Tony Award”. The Best Image winner for the MNA Award is selected by the Voting Board Members and the images for the FEI Tony Award are judged by the FEI Company Award Committee. (See list of winners below)

The annual Best SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) Image Contest is sponsored by the Molecular and Nano Archaeology Laboratory, a joint venture between the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.

Thanks to the sponsors, FEI, and personally to Tony Carpenter.


Best SEM Image MNA Award Winners & FEI Tony Award Winners

1st Place- Christopher Roberts (MNA Award)
No Man is an Island

1st Place- Chris Turner (FEI Tony Award)
3rd Place- (MNA Award)

The World’s Hardest Metal

2nd Place-Li Shen (FEI Tony Award)
Metal-Organic Framework


3rd Place- Xuanyi Wu (FEI Tony Award)
2nd Place- (MNA Award)
Hummingbird’s Feather

4th place- Bandar Al Mangour (FEI Tony Award)
TiC/ 316L Stainless Steel Nanocomposites