THE ART OF MICROFLUIDICS
Research in fluid dynamics at the micro level produces amazing images. Colored dyes are used to track liquid flow, and the result can produce beautiful photographs. Even the lab setups are beautiful!
The underlying science is that fluids in micro-channels cannot present turbulence: they exemplify laminar flow. The friction of the walls of the channels becomes very important causing fluids to behave much like honey in a coffee cup.
Albert Folch’s lab at the University of Washington has created their own microfluidic art gallery using images from their research. You can even order photocanvases of their work (all proceeds go back to the lab to fund more art). The group has exhibited their art in Seattle and in Barcelona.
Information via FluidicMEMS
Images via the Folch Lab’s online gallery of 3D Fluids