Optical Tweezers Group
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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Prof. Phil Jones

Chris Richards

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

P H Jones, O M Marago & G Volpe

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Available from CUP or Amazon from 03 Dec 2015

Our paper Optical trapping and optical force positioning of two-dimensional materials is accepted for publication in RSC Nanoscale

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

Welcome to new group members for 2017: MSci project students Harriet & Ronit, and MAPS3001 student Sean

SPIE Conference Proceedings from OTOM XIV 'Microbubble trapping in inverted optical tweezers' published

Two PhD studentships for Nov 2017 start available in CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials incuding project Nanomechanical characterisation of soft materials (jointly with Valeria Garbin, Imperial College).  Contact Phil for more details

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