Ivo Buttinoni

I was born in Treviglio (Italy) in 1984. 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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From 2017

University of Oxford, Dept. of Chemistry

MSCA Fellow

Oxford Colloid Group

Asymmetric colloids

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Colloidal monolayers

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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

Optical Tweezers

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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

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

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

From 2020

Heinrich-Heine University, Dept. of Physics

Group leader


Roel Dullens

Oxford Colloid Group, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Lucio Isa
Giovanni Volpe

Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden

Clemens Bechinger

Department of Physics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Roberto Piazza

Department of Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy