Christopher King works with microscopes in his day job as a histology technician. Many nights he comes home and works with microscopes to create art. King uses polarized light microscopy and semi-controlled crystallization to create surreal and beautiful images. The feathery swirl seen here is a mixture of ʟ-glutamine, β-alanine, and taurine. Since coming to C&EN’s attention a few years ago, King has upgraded his microscope and camera and moved to a place with more room for his studio. “Right now I’m a bit obsessed with the viscosity of my solutions and how changing it and adding impurities affects the crystal growth and creates a variety of different formations while using the same ratio of chemicals.”
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