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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Prof. Phil Jones

Dr Tom Smart

Nick Tidy

Harriet Robertson

Ronit Sohanpal

Yi Nian (Sean) Lee


Onofrio Marago; NanoSoft Lab, IPCF-CNR, Messina, Sicily

Giovanni Volpe; Soft Matter Lab, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Burcin Unlu; Medical Physics Group, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Eleanor Stride; Biomedical Ultrasonics & Biotherapy Lab, Oxford University

Ferruccio Renzoni; Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL

NOIs Collaboration; UC Cork, TU Wien, U Innsbruck & Institute of Spectroscopy, Moscow

UCL Ultra-High Resolution Microscopy Collaboration; Jonathan Ashmore, Angus Bain & Guy Moss

Jixiong Pu; Huaqiao University

An experimental research group, based in the Biological Physics (BioP) section of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.


The UCL Optical Tweezers Group, autumn 2013
(L-R) Chris F, Tom, Chris R, Alessandro

PhD Studentships available
A PhD studentship (stipend + fees at the UK/EU rate) is available from the UCL Biological Physics Group to start in September 2018.
Contact Phil if you are interested in a project with the Optical Tweezers Group.


P H Jones, O M Marago & G Volpe

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Hosted by the Soft Matter Group, U Gothenburg
29 May - 01 June 2018


Phil will be at the Optical Trapping Summer School at U Gothenburg, 29 May - 01 Jun to give lectures on Optical trapping deformable material and Optical binding

London Institute for Advanced Light Technologies launch event at KCL Wed 09 May 18

Malte Gather (St Andrews) is giving todays' LCN Biophysics seminar on Micro- and nano-photonic devices for cell tracking, cellular mechanics and optogenetics; Wed 25 Apr 18

Photonex London at UCL Wed 18 Apr 18

The second annual meeting of the UCL Soft Matter Network will be on Mon 11 Jun 18

Second round of applications open for the CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials incuding project Nanomechanical characterisation of soft materials (jointly with Valeria Garbin, Imperial College).  Contact Phil for more details

Optical Trapping Summer School 2018 (OTS2-2018) at U Gothenburg, 29 May - 01 Jun 2018

Frank Vollmer (Exeter) is visiting and giving a seminar on Exploring the Nanoscale with Optoplasmonic Sensors; Wed 07 Feb

Congratulations to Tom for successfully defending his thesis!

Our paper Optical trapping and optical force positioning of two-dimensional materials is published as M. G. Donato et al, Nanoscale 10 1245-1255 (2018)

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 250 citations (Scopus)

Phil's inaugural lecture will be 3pm, Wed 06 Dec 17 in 26 Bedford Way G03.

Congratulations to Chris for successfully defending his thesis!

Congratulations to Tom Smart for submitting his thesis!

Applications open for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

Pavel Zemanek (ISI Brno) is visiting and giving a seminar on 'Micro-objects propelled by spatially structured laser beams'; Wed 15 Nov 

Lukas Novotny (ETH Zurich) is giving today's AMOPP seminar on 'Levitated quantum nanophotonics'; Wed 01 Nov

PHAS2901 "press conference" on our Scientific Reports paper on red blood cell stretching, Tue 31 Oct 17

Marco Polin (Warwick University is visiting and giving the Chemistry Department seminar; Wed 18 Oct

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