José Manuel Martínez López

Hi, I'm José Manuel Martínez López; I'm electro-mechanical engineer and I work as microscopy specialist at Química Tech.

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What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

The inspiration was the exploration of new microscopy techniques so we can contrast tissues without the need of stain them.

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These are crystals of a mix of amino acids, Beta-Alanina and Monosodium Glutamate. The colors observed are interference colors produced by the combination of polarized light, birefringence and thickness of the sample. In bright fields, these crystals are colorless, in cross polarization are monochromatic in gray tones; but with compensators the pallet of colors emerge. The Images were captured with a microscope with polarized transmitted light and several angles of compensation.

What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today’s society?

Science is nothing if it is not communicated, art is a excellent way to communicate science. The beauty of art can also help to bring children to science