The World's Smallest Periodic Table

The World's Smallest Periodic Table

The world's smallest periodic table was also one of the world's smallest birthday gifts: it was a present to Professor Martyn Poliakoff for his birthday in December 2010. Scientists used an ion beam and an electron microscope to etch the table onto one of his hairs, creating a table that was 89.67 microns wide and 46.39 microns tall.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The world's smallest periodic table was etched onto a human hair with an ion beam and an electron microscope. (0:26)

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    You could fit about 1 million of the world's smallest periodic tables on a Post-It Note. (1:10)

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    The smallest periodic table measures around 90 microns long and 50 microns high. (1:44)

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