AMBER Recognises Oscar Talent on the Nanoscale

March 25, 2016 ZEISS Microscopy

Celebrating Ireland with a Small but Mighty Award - the World’s Smallest Statuette

AMBER recognises Oscar talent on the nanoscale
AMBER recognises Oscar talent on the nanoscale

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre, hosted in Trinity College Dublin, has created the world’s smallest nano statuette in celebration of all of the great Irish talent nominated for this year’s Oscars. As Ireland continues to grow its international reputation for excellent science and research, AMBER wanted to recognise another area which is growing Ireland’s international reputation in excellence – the Oscars!

The width of the nano statuette’s head is approximately 25 nanometres or 20,000 times smaller than the width of a full stop. This is in comparison to the actual Oscar statuettes given out on the night, which stand approximately 35cm tall and also weigh over 3.5kg.

This year AMBER’s celebrations for The Academy Awards will be off the nano-scale! With a record number of Irish nominees at the Oscars this year, AMBER prepared their own award for the hopeful candidates. The world’s smallest nano statuette was milled using the neon beam of AMBER’s Zeiss Orion Nanofab – which is an instrument that can image and machine nanostructures of less than 10 nanometres (1 nanometre is one billionth of a metre) with speed and precision. This nano statuette was actually milled onto a fragment of gold to ensure it was completely red carpet ready!

Mary Colclough, Communications, Outreach & Public Affairs Manager at AMBER, said: “As we all wait with bated breath this Sunday evening, to see if any of our Irish nominees take home a golden statuette, we at AMBER can rest safe knowing that even if Ireland doesn’t win big at the Oscars, all the nominees will have, at the very least, taken home the world’s smallest nano statuette. After all – good things do come in small sizes!

Ireland as a country is paving the way for so many industries internationally at the moment. Currently we are ranked 2nd in the world for nanoscience and 3rd in the world for the quality of our materials science research. As Ireland’s leading material sciences research centre, we feel this small nano-token was the least we could do to recognise the nominees’ outstanding achievements and the importance of marking a place for Ireland internationally, across all industries. The Oscar statuette was actually originally designed by a Dublin-born man, Cedric Gibbons, so it’s only right that the newest version of the accolade (our world’s smallest nano statuette) be created here in Ireland.”

The process involved in creating the world’s smallest nano statuette can be viewed at this link:


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AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry. Materials science has been described as the science of stuff! We are researching nano and bio materials, like graphene, nanowires, collagen scaffolds – materials that will transform everyday products of the future, from mobile phones to knee implants, batteries to beer bottles. AMBER links industry to research programmes and the aim of the centre is to develop products that directly impact everyone’s quality of life such as the development of the next generation computer chips and new medical implants and pharmaceuticals that will improve patient care.

AMBER is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. AMBER brings together Ireland’s leading material science researchers working across the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering and Medicine; with an international network of collaborators and companies.

This article and original media first appeared in the AMBER news blog and are courtesy of AMBER/Trinity Collegy Dublin and Mary Colclough. ZEISS sends best wishes to our partners from AMBER: our lenses not only shoot Oscar-worthy movies with ARRI cameras, but even our microscopes and nano-fabrication platforms are able to celebrate – Hollywood-style! #wemakeitvisible 

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