Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Visiting Researcher



+44 (0)20 7594 1173g.bolognesi




542ChemistrySouth Kensington Campus





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.



Chen M, Bolognesi G, Vladisavljevic GT, 2021, Crosslinking Strategies for the Microfluidic Production of Microgels, Molecules, Vol:26

Zhang S, Contini C, Hindley J, et al., 2021, Engineering motile aqueous phase-separated droplets via liposome stabilisation, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-11

Singh N, Vladisavljevic GT, Nadal F, et al., 2020, Reversible Trapping of Colloids in Microgrooved Channels via Diffusiophoresis under Steady-State Solute Gradients, Physical Review Letters, Vol:125, ISSN:0031-9007

Al Nuumani R, Smoukov SK, Bolognesi G, et al., 2020, Highly Porous Magnetic Janus Microparticles with Asymmetric Surface Topology, Langmuir, Vol:36, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:12702-12711

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

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