The World’s Smallest Periodic Table

Last December, chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff was given a very special birthday gift by researchers at the University of Nottingham. Members of the Nanotechology and Nanoscience Centre used an ion beam writer and electron microscope to carve the Periodic Table of the Elements into a strand of Poliakoff’s hair. Poliakoff was impressed with the gift and  was pleased that it could be used to help people learn about nanotechnology. “Although the application was lighthearted I felt that it enabled us to show people how such nano writing is done.” Check out for video of the periodic table getting carved and a Christmas message written on a snowflake.


About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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