Santa Claus Comes to Town in Nanocomposite Photo
Postdoctoral research associate Ilker Bayer said the photo is a scanning electron micrograph of a nanocomposite coating surface morphology. “It showed very interesting surface roughness features, one of which was the structure that resembles Santa amazingly,” Bayer said. “We just colored the image to highlight the resemblance. No image overlaying or other image processing was applied.”
“The polymer nanocomposite was composed of a dispersion of sub-micron Teflon particles and carbon nanotubes in a polymer matrix,” Bayer said.
In addition to Loth and Bayer, who originally recognized Santa, AE graduate student Adam Steele added the highlight color and has also been working on the project.