My research interests lie in the experimental investigation of the physico-chemical behaviour of soft matter (such as colloids, droplets, bubbles) and fluid flows at the micrometer length scale with an interdisciplinary approach based on my expertise in mechanics, micro-/nano-fluidics, microfabrication tecniques, optics, interfacial and colloidal science.
I hold an international joint Ph.D in “Theoretical and Applied Mechanics” from the University ofRome “La Sapienza” and the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL). My Ph.D. research focussed on the characterization of single/multi-phase micron-scale flows and colloidal particles by means of a number of optical techniques, such as digital holographic microscopy, optical trapping, micro-particle image velocimetry, confocal and fluorescent microscopy. I also carried out both independently, and in collaboration, atomistic and continuum numerical simulations to describe the light-matter interaction and the dynamics of fluid flows and colloidal systems.
In 2011, I have joined the Membrane Biophysics Group in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College as a post doctoral research associate to work on a EPSRC-funded project, titled Optical Control of Emulsion Drops for Nanofluidics and Microfabrication. These project explored the fundamental science behind the optical manipulation of ultralow interfacial tension droplets and was developed in collaboration with the Chemistry Department of Durham University and the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
In september 2015, I was awarded a translational grant, funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, to identify killer applications of the novel optonanofluidic platform technology I developed in my previous postdoctoral project.
Vivek A, Bolognesi G, Elani Y, 2020, Fusing artificial cell compartments and lipid domains using optical traps: a tool to modulate membrane composition and phase behaviour, Micromachines, Vol:11, ISSN:2072-666X
et al., Direct manipulation of liquid ordered lipid membrane domains using optical traps, Nature Communications Chemistry
et al., 2019, 3D Arrays of Super-Hydrophobic Microtubes from Polypore Mushrooms as Naturally-Derived Systems for Oil Absorption, Materials, Vol:12
et al., 2018, Mask-free laser lithography for rapid and low-cost microfluidic device fabrication, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:90, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:13915-13921
Al Nuumani R, Bolognesi G, Vladisavljevic GT, 2018, Microfluidic Production of Poly(1,6-hexanediol diacrylate)-Based Polymer Microspheres and Bifunctional Microcapsules with Embedded TiO2 Nanoparticles, Langmuir, Vol:34, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:11822-11831