Poster Ingenuity

Natalia Shustova (Ritter/C&EN)In a sea of posters at a chemistry conference it is hard to stand out from the crowd. But graduate student Natalia Shustova of Colorado State University managed to do so at the combination 19th International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry/3rd International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies this week with a 3-D presentation. Shustova’s research is on encapsulating metal atoms inside fullerenes that have fluorinated groups on the surface. She made a hemispheric fullerene model out of colored poster board, leaving the fullerene structure’s hexagons in place but cutting out the pentagons. In that way the scandium atoms trapped inside the fullerene, represented by balloons, were visible. She placed the details of her research on pieces of paper mounted on the hexagons. In the photo, Shustova chats with Konrad Seppelt of Free University of Berlin.

Author: Steve Ritter

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  1. Congrats to Natalia! What a great idea! We will all copy her and try to be more creative from now on!!

  2. What a cool idea! Has anyone come across other unique ideas for presenting research posters? I so, please share!