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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Prof. Phil Jones

Nick Tidy

Jade Li

Yassine Benlamkadem


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


PHAS0035 "press conference" on our Scientific Reports paper on red blood cell stretching, Tue 30 Oct 18

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 350 citations (Scopus)

To celebrate Arthur Ashkin's Nobel Prize you can download three free chapters from our book Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications.  And if you would like to buy the book a 20% discount is available for a limited time only.

Congratulations to former PhD student Tom Smart for winning the Biological Physics Group Thesis Prize for 2018

Congratulations to Arthur Ashkin for his share in the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Welcome to new Optical Tweezers group members Jade Li and Yassine Benlamkadem

Nuno Araujo (Universidade de Lisboa) is giving the Chemistry Department seminar on Dynamics of self-organization of colloidal particles under confinement; 2pm Tue 11 Sep 18

Our paper A microscopic Kapitza pendulum has been published in Scientific Reports

Our paper Optical tweezers and their applications has been published in Journal of Quantitative Specroscopy and Radiative Transfer

Our paper Non-occlusive retinal vascular inflammation and role of red blood cell deformability in birdshot chorioretinopathy has been published in Ocular Immunology and Inflammation

Hyunseok Oh (Seoul National University) has joined the group on the UCL-SNU exchange scheme

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 300 citations (Scopus)

Phil will be at Photonex Scotland Thu 14 Jun 18 to talk about our red blood cell stretching experiments

Dominik Kufel has joined the group with an EPSRC Vacation Bursary

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

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