Nottingham Professor destroys 'indestructible' five pound note

Credit: Periodic videos - YouTube

A professor from Nottingham and his team have succeeded in destroying the new five pound note, which was thought to be indestructible.

The new note was brought into circulation last September and people have tried ripping, washing and microwaving the polymer fiver to test its limits, with limited success.

University of Nottingham professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff has found the solution: liquid nitrogen and a lump hammer.

In a clip uploaded to his Periodic Videos series on YouTube, the professorsaid:

The Bank of England is issuing new bank notes starting with the five pound note, and they made them plastic and there have been all sorts of advertisements that you cannot break them.

Sir Martyn Poliakoff

The professor added that he had given his assistant Neil Barnes several of his own notes to use, as "you can't spend university money on things like this".