When it comes to art, this can be described as one relative topic which is always open and subject to personal interpretation. Personally, I do not have the kind of eye for modern art as deep down inside, I feel as though it lacks the kind of skill required by the Renaissance masters of old, but feel free to disagree with me wholeheartedly. Having said that, we now have the world’s smallest Mona Lisa painting ever created – where the “canvas” itself is thinner than a strand of human hair.
Researchers over at the Georgia Institute of Technology have managed to recreate the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece through the clever implementation of a technique which can also be duplicated for nanomanufacturing. The famous painting’s “canvas” measures roughly 30 microns in width, which is approximately 33% the width of a human hair. A microscope is required in the recreation of a masterpiece, in addition to a process that is called ThermoChemical NanoLithography, where the process itself was developed way back in 2009. TCNL, the technique which was described, could eventually be used to create proteins, DNA, and nanoparticles.