Tiniest Happy Birthday Message to the Queen


A team of scientists from the University of Nottingham have created the tiniest ever happy birthday message to the Queen – on a corgi hair!

The interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and engineers were demonstrating the power of the new £12m Nanoscale and  Microscale Research Centre at the School of Chemistry when they revealed the image, made on a Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM) at the Centre.

The facility is directed by Andrei Khlobystov, Professor of Nanomaterials at the School of Chemistry, and who was on the team awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest test tube. When asked about the Centre, he said: “This centre will be one of the largest and most advanced clusters of instrumentation for nanoscale and microscale research in the UK. We anticipate it will have significant regional, national and global impact.”

Indeed, this fun image highlights the amazing activities which can be carried out on the smallest of scales, and results have already been obtained in the fields of engine oils, hair damage, satellite chip corrosion, paints and coatings and catalysis.


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