A Ph.D. student from the University of California, Riverside' won the Science as Art competition at 2012 MRS with his 0.05 millimeter nano-giraffe structure. He said that he accidentally saw this structure, and he enhanced it with Photoshop.

In his research, Amini developed a processing technique to grow single layer graphene from a molten phase. He used a process which melted a mixture of nickel, aluminum and carbon. When the mixture solidified, the nickel and aluminum formed the body of the giraffe while the carbon crystallized as a graphite cover.