Illustration

SEM Shish Kebab

Stanley Sims

The project’s purpose is to provide a stylized view of polymer crystallization useful for researchers and the lay person alike.

SEM Shish Kebab  by Stanley Sims

Computer-generated 3D model of a single shish kebab structure known to form during molecular level crystallization in certain polymers. The image was rendered to look as if it was taken using a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

The project’s purpose is to provide a stylized view of polymer crystallization useful for researchers and the lay person alike. The kebabs are referred to as platelets or lamellae and the shish as tie molecules. These structures form when long chains fold and orient similarly. The resulting image creates a somewhat surreal landscape, immersing the viewer in what seems to be an alien environment. For researchers, the image would be appropriate for a formal presentation. In addition, it may be used as an educational piece geared for high school or college students interested in entering the related polymer engineering and science fields. Maya, a 3D modeling and animation software package, was used in the project’s development from start to finish.

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