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UCL Optical Tweezers Group



Prof. Phil Jones

Sandrine Heijnen

Riccardo Tognato

Kumail Kermalli

Yuhan Wang

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

MSC-ITN ActiveMatter

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

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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Optical Biology Phd Programme
Open for applications
30 Oct - 13 Dec 2019
to start PhD in September 2020

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


Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 500 citations (Scopus)

On Tuesday 5th May Phil (12pm EST, 5pm BST) will be giving an OSA Webinar on 'Optical Trapping of Deformable Material'. Register here.

The complete Special Issue of on Optical Trapping and Manipulation: From Fundamentals to Applications with eight papers has now been published

Welcome to Riccardo Tognato who has joined the Optical Tweezers Group

Prof Erika Eiser (Cambridge University) is giving today's Chemical Engineering seminar on Optofluidic crystallization of colloids tethered at interfaces

Following the success of the first Special issue of  on Optical Trapping and Manipulation: From Fundamentals to Applications, we are pleased to announce Optical Trapping and Manipulation: From Fundamentals to Applications Volume 2 with guest editor  is open for submissions and due for publication in 2021

The website for the MSC-ITN ActiveMatter is now online at active-matter.eu

Welcome to new PhD student Sandrine Heijnen, who has joined the MSC-ITN ActiveMatter to work on a project co-supervised with Giorgio Volpe (UCL Chemistry)

Our paper Strongly focused circularly polarized optical vortex regulated by a fractal conical lens is published as Applied Sciences 10 28 (2020)

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 450 citations (Scopus)

New Wellcome Trust funded PhD programme in Optical Biology starting in September 2020.   Applications open 30 Oct 19 - 13 Dec 19.

Preprint on bioRxiv H. De Belly et al, Membrane tension mediated mechanotransduction drives fate choice in embryonic stem cells 

Welcome to our new students, Kumail Kermalli and Yuhan Wang

Phil is giving a talk on Optical trapping of deformable material at the QLM Summer School, Southampton; 08 Jul 19

Biological Physics Group retreat at West Dean College, Sussex; 02-03 Jul 19

Phil will be giving a talk on Optical tweezers for soft matter experiments at London Light's Late Light 2019

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 400 citations (Scopus)

Congratualtions to Nick Tidy for successfully defending his thesis

Jinyao Tang (Univeristy of Hong Kong) is giving the Chemistry Department seminar: Light Powered Artificial Microswimmer - How far from Nanosurgeon?; Tue 05 Mar 18

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