This image entitled “nano-snowy tree’ was taken by MSSI researcher Xinxin Xiao and has been selected as the Christmas card image for the UK Royal Microscopy Society. Xinxin works with Professor Edmond Magner in the area of nanoporous metal based biofuel cells.
Xinxin’s image taken on the MSSI Hitachi SEM is of electro-deposited gold dendrites on glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs). The green colour was added in post processing!
The story behind this image was featued in The Irish Independent's "The Science of Christmas" Supplement
see:- http://www.pressreader.com/ireland/irish-independent/20151214/282810715221536/TextView (link is external)