Colloids, i.e. micro- and nanoparticles, are not only the building blocks of a plethora of industrial products (e.g., paint, concrete, emulsions, soft armors), but also versatile playgrounds to mimic the properties of atomic (crystals and glasses) and biological (bacteria, algae and living cells) systems.

My research interests focus on the experimental characterization of complex materials properties using toy-models of colloidal particles.

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Microscale Marangoni Surfers

K. Dietrich, N. Jaensson , I. Buttinoni, G. Volpe and L. Isa

(left) Ultrafast microswimmers can be designed by taking advantage of thermal Marangoni effects at liquid interfaces. (right) Using external magnetic fields, we studied active particles with space-dependent rotational dynamics

Feedback-controlled active brownian colloids with space-dependent rotational dynamics

M. A. Fernandez-Rodriguez, F. Grillo , L. Alvarez, M. Rathlef, I. Buttinoni, G. Volpe and L. Isa.