copper film degrading to create resemblance to beach sceneA photo by chemistry doctoral student Rahaf Hussein depicting the degradation of an exposed film of copper is one of 20 in a national competition showcasing images of research.

Student poses picture of chemistry research

Rahaf Hussein found beauty in the degradation of an exposed film of copper and now her photograph of it, which resembles the blue waters and sandy shoreline of a beach, is a finalist in a national photo competition.

The PhD candidate’s photo, titled “Copper Beach,” is one of 20 images in the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Science Exposed competition.

“This competition showcases remarkable scientific images from participants across Canada, and I am proud to have the chance to represent our university with my image titled ‘Copper Beach’,” Hussein says.

Her research focuses on green printable electronics in the Tricia Carmichael lab in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The public can support the graduate student’s work by casting a vote using this link. The voting deadline is Sunday, Sept. 17.

“The NSERC Science Exposed competition provides an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourite image,” Hussein notes. “Winning the People’s Choice Award would not only be a personal achievement but also a great honour for the University of Windsor in this national competition.”

—Sara Elliott