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MAY 2009
News Innovation Campus Energy Research Students
President’s Message
Triumph of Rome
Queen of the Sea
Born Winner
Harvey Prize
The Technion Nano Bible
The Technion Nano Bible
On May 11 at the official welcoming ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, President Shimon Peres presented the unique gift of the Technion Nano Bible to Pope Benedict XVI when His Holiness commenced his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The Nano Bible, created at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), was cased in a leather-bound replica of a 13th-century Bible, and included a technical description of its creation, a magnifying glass, and a 10,000-times magnification of the first 13 verses of the Book of Genesis. The entire pointed Hebrew text was etched using a focused ion beam (FIB) on a 0.5 mm2 gold-plated silicon chip, 20 nanometers thick. This involved shooting a beam of gallium ions onto the surface, causing gold atoms to bounce off it and expose the underlying silicon layer, leaving over 1.2 million letters engraved on the chip.

Physics Prof. Uri Sivan, head of RBNI, conceived the idea to inscribe the Bible on such a tiny surface as part of an educational program to introduce nanotechnology in an accessible way to high school students. Sivan’s doctoral student, Ohad Zohar, who also serves as RBNI’s scientific advisor for educational programming in the field of nanotechnology, managed the project.

“The Nano Bible project demonstrates the miniaturization at our disposal,” said Sivan. “This research could lead to the creation of more advanced miniature structures – and imaging – on a nanometric scale, advances in storing information in very small spaces, and the use of DNA molecules to store information.”

President of Israel Shimon Peres gives Pope Benedict XVI the Technion Nano Bible, specially created at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI) by Prof. Uri Sivan and his doctoral student, Ohad Zohar.
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