University of Michigan Engineer Creates “Nanobamas”

John Hart, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, has created three-dimensional images of President-elect Obama that are smaller than a grain of salt. He calls them “Nanobamas.”

His objective was to raise awareness of nanotechnology among students and faculty. Each image of the president-elect contains about 150 carbon nanotubes that are stacked together like trees in a forest. Each nanotube is about 1/50,000th of the width of a human hair.

The nanotechnology can be used in many practical applications including electronics, energy storage devices, and high performance materials.

Professor Hart has created other nano-art which he showcases online. To view this gallery click here.