Illustrations in 2013

These posts are the scientific illustrations used in my publications. I designed all the graphics for the my first-authored papers and also helped design some graphics in grant applications and papers first-authored by my group mates/colleagues. Only published graphics are shown here.

TOC « Engineering Ultrasmall Water-Soluble Nanoclusters for Biomedicine

Feature Article: Engineering ultrasmall water-soluble gold and silver nanoclusters for biomedical applications

  • ChemComm, 2014, 50, 5143–5155. DOI – Used by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Full size image links are available after clicking on the images below.
ChemComm-2013-TOC-graphic

TOC graphic

I created only two figures for this feature articles: the TOC graphic and Figure 1. Other figures are from referenced publications. Figure 1 is very similar to the left-hand side of the TOC graphic, so it is not posted here. For the TOC graphic, everything was created using Photoshop except the metal atoms and the 3D models of the peptide and protein molecules. The mouse and the cells were hand-drawn using the Pen Tool in Photoshop. This was the first time I drew a mouse, and I have to admit that the cute cartoon mice in many published papers drawn by scientists (and scientific illustrators) inspired me and made this task amusing 😉

TOC « Precursor and Conversion Engineering for Synthesizing Monodisperse Thiolated Nanoclusters

Feature Article: Precursor engineering and controlled conversion for the synthesis of monodisperse thiolate-protected metal nanoclusters

  • Nanoscale, 2013, 5 (11), 4606–4620. DOI – Used by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Full size image links are available after clicking on the images below.
Nanoscale-2013-TOC-graphic

TOC graphic

The original design of this TOC was done with PowerPoint (PPT) by my colleague Yong Yu. I improved it within the frame of PPT. It was the first time I had used PPT for graphics in a publication. The good thing about PPT is that its natively created graphics are actually all vector images, but it is very hard to select and control the layers of graphics, especially when they overlap each other. My conclusion is that PPT is very suitable for creating simple schematics, but it was not designed for creating an illustration with lots of overlaping elements.

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