Optical Tweezers Group
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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Dr Phil Jones

Dr Zhirong Liu

Dr Piotr Wasylczyk

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Nick Tidy

Natalia Tokarova

Ines Hidalgo Manzanera


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

First meeting of the UCL Cross-Disciplinary Network on Soft Materials; Mon 19 Jun 2017

Our paper Optical binding of nanowires has been published as Nano Lett. 17 3485-3492 (2017)

Our paper Tight focusing of radially polarized beams modulated by a fractal conical lens has been accepted for publication in Optics Communications

Our paper Acoustic force measurements on polymer-coated microbubbles in a microfluidic device has been published as J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141 3364-3378 (1027)

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 200 citations (Scopus)

New video on our YouTube page: an ultralow interfacial tension oil droplet being deformed in optical tweezers

Silvia Vignolini is giving the Chemistry Department seminar on Cellulose photonics: from nature to applications; Wed 01 Mar 17

Riccardo Sapienza is giving today's Chemistry Department seminar on Unconventional lasing design, from photonic networks to biolasers

Diego Baresch is visiting Tue 21 Feb, and giving a seminar on Single-beam acoustical tweezers

Piotr is giving a seminar on Soft, light-driven bioinspired robots at micrometer and millimetre scales; 10am, Tue 14 Feb 17

PhD project Nanomechanical characterisation of soft materials available for 2016 applicants to the CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials

PhD studentship available in UCL Biological Physics Group.  Contact Phil if you are interested in a project in the Optical Tweezers

Our paper Fractal conical lens optical tweezers has been published as IEEE Photonics Journal 9 6500111 (2017)

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