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Mendeleev Mosaic

 Portraits of Mendeleev

Exciting news!  We have expanded the Timeline of Elements project - so there is an opportunity to be a part of this international collaboration to celebrate 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table. 

Want to be inspired? Check out early submissions!

Who is Mendeleev and why is he so important?

Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was a Russian chemist who lived from 1834 to 1907. He created the Periodic Law, relating chemical properties to an element’s position in the periodic table. Although he did not discover any elements, his contribution to what we know as the Periodic Table today is indisputable.

The Mendeleev Mosaic explained

So with the help of students, educators and chemical enthusiasts from around the world, we would like to create a Mendeleev mosaic as a companion piece to our Timeline of Elements.

We are asking you to create an image of Mendeleev as the hexagon tile.  

Using as many original Mendeleev tiles as possible, we will then put them together to form a mosaic of the man himself. 

No idea what we’re on about? Look at this similar project of a portrait of Marie Curie Marie on the September 2011 front cover of Nature Chemistry.  

Here's how it will work

Use any image of Mendeleev as your inspiration and be as creative as possible to incorporate chemistry and the periodic table into your artwork. The choice of medium, style, and design are up to you. All collected artwork will be put together to form a mosaic portrait of Mendeleev.

Mendeleev portrait in a hexagon with project guidelines Deadline EXTENDED April 2, 2019!

  • Original artwork only
  • The choice of medium is up to the artist(s)
  • Please do not use copyrighted images
  • The artwork will be submitted electronically as a scan or a photograph
  • The resolution should be 400 dpi (check your scanner).

Print these guidelines for the Mendeleev Mosaic (printable PDF)

Blank hexagon tile for your Mendeleev portrait (printable PDF)


Read more about submission parameters and submit your artwork through our online form.

There is no limit to the number of original submissions. In fact, the more images, the better. Anyone can participate!

We will try to use all the depictions we receive. In order for the submissions to realistically depict Mendeleev, we may need to alter the overall colour and shading of the individual images.

In the meantime, sign up to show your interest! You are not making a commitment but just your intention and interest in having students participate. We will be sending you updates as well as showcasing some of the early submissions as inspiration!   Early submissions for the Mendeleev Mosaic Project.