Scientists create world’s smallest periodic table

4-Oct-2011

Confirmed in 2012 Guinness World Records

Scientists have created the world’s smallest periodic table on a strand of hair at the University of Nottingham.

A beam of accelerated gallium ions and clever imaging were used to put the symbol of all 118 elements of the periodic table on a strand of hair belonging to Green Chemist Professor Martyn Poliakoff.

Scientists from the University’s Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre said a million of copies of the table could fit on a Post-it note.

The 2012 Guinness World Records has confirmed that it is the smallest periodic table ever made.

Professor Poliakoff was delighted.

‘In my wildest nightmares, I have never imagined being in the Guinness World Records, least of all in connection with my hair,’ he said.

‘The fact that I am is a tribute to the University’s Nanotechnology Centre.’