Microscapes, Investigations of the Invisible

by Joanie Lemercier



 Investigations of the invisible was born at INL through observation and work.

Joanie, worked closely with the INL Nanochemistry Research Group. The group of researchers is working on the enhancement and optimization of printed solar cell technologies, and exploring how nanotechnology may increase efficiency of photovoltaic cells. Joanie, had access to lab samples and conducted microscope observations at various stages of the process.

This exhibition is an attempt to communicate some of the experiences encountered, from a visual artist perspective. 

The initial exhibition presented in Braga, Portugal, was composed by three pieces:

1. Invisible drawings

2. Electron Microscope images

3. Microscapes (4k video)

Invisible drawings

Title: Possible structures 
Installation: Plotter drawings, Yellow and UV ink, orange and UV light. (2018)

A selection of drawings inspired by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) observations of printed solar cells components. 
The drawings were generated by algorithms, and executed by a small drawing robot with special ink, to be revealed only under a specific light spectrum.

2. Electron Microscope images

Title: Selenium (Se)

Electron microscope images (2018). An exploration of unreacted Selenium clusters. Selenium is a chemical element with symbol Se and atomic number 34, and was discovered in 1817.

Its name comes from the Greek ‘selene’ meaning “Moon”.

3. Microscapes (4k video)

A combination of real images captured with a SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and 3D reconstructions of structures observed on printable solar cells components currently in development at INL.

Joanie Lemercier | Microscapes, Investigations of the invisible

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Yury V. Kolen’ko is currently the leader of the Nanochemistry Research Group at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). 


Viviana joined INL in April 2017 to work on the development of nanoinks for photovoltaics integrating the project PrintPV.

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Jordi Llobet is a Researcher of the Microfabrication and Exploratory Nanotechnology group at INL.