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Ivo Buttinoni

I earned a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic with an experimental work on magnetic manipulation of Pickering crude oil/water emulsions. In 2009 I moved to the University of Stuttgart where I obtained a PhD in Physics working on self-propelled Janus particles. In 2013 I moved to ETH Zürich where I was awarded an ETH postdoctoral fellowship to study the mechanical response of colloidal monolayers under shear. I was then a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Laboratory for Theoretical and Physical Chemistry in Oxford, working on active colloidal crystals and glasses. Since 2020 I lead the Institute of Experimental Colloidal Physics at Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf.


Self-propelling colloids

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Asymmetric colloids

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Colloidal monolayers

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Optical Tweezers

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Lipid Monolayers

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From 2020

Heinrich-Heine University, Dept. of Physics

Group leader

From 2017

University of Oxford, Dept. of Chemistry

MSCA Fellow

Oxford Colloid Group

2014 - 2017

ETH Zürich, Dept. of Materials

ETH Fellow

Laboratory for Interfaces, Soft Matter and Assembly

2010 - 2013

University of Stuttgart, Dept. of Physics


2. Physikalisches Institut

2007 - 2009

Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

Master's degree

2003 - 2007

Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Energy Engineering

Bachelor's degree


2010 - 2013

Active Brownian particles tunable by light

Marie Curie Initial Training Network - ITN Comploids

2014 - 2016

Colloidal monolayers under shear

ETH Zürich Postdoctoral Fellowship - FP7 Seventh Framework Programme

2015 - 2018

Phoretic micro-swimmers at liquid-liquid interfaces: a new route towards active materials

ETH Research Grant - in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Lucio Isa

2017 - 2019

MicACol - Microrheology of two-dimensional active colloidal crystals and glasses

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship - MSCA H2020

2019 - 2020

Active colloidal glasses

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) - Advanced Mobility Programme

2023 -

Self-propelling colloids in optical potentials

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - Individual Research Grant

2023 -

Mechanical Properties of Lipid Membranes in Microgravity (MEMSPACE)

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

2024 -

Mechanical properties of Lipid Layers doped with microparticles (APPOLLO)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - French-German collaboration grant

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