Aykut Argun starts his PhD

Aykut Argun starts his PhD at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg on 1 December 2017.

He has a Master degree from the Physics Department of Bilkent University with a Master thesis on the experimental study of thermodynamics in active baths.

He will now work on his PhD thesis on the experimental study of nanothermodynamics.

Saga Helgadottir joins the Soft Matter Lab

Saga Helgadottir joins the Soft Matter Lab on 28 November 2017 as a PhD student at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg.

She has a Master degree in Physics from Chalmers University of Technology with a Master thesis on the study of the effect of plasma on biofilms.

She will work on he PhD thesis on the realisation of hybrid microswimmers and the study of bacterial dynamics in complex and crowded environments.

Jalpa Soni joins the Soft Matter Lab

Jalpa Soni from the bioNaP lab at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, joined the Soft Matter Lab on 1 June 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher.

Her PhD thesis, “Quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry in biophotonics and nanoplasmonics”, deals with understanding the interaction of polarized
light in various biophotonic and plasmonic systems. She studied both fundamental effects such as understanding spin-orbit interaction (SOI) of light and polarization dependent beam shifts as well as various practical applications involving biological systems.

At the Soft Matter Lab, she will work on a project related to the realisation of a microscopic heat engine using optical tweezers and noisy electric fields.

Alessandro Magazzù joins the Soft Matter Lab

Alessandro Magazzù from the University of Messina, Italy, joined the Soft Matter Lab on 1 July 2015 as a postdoctoral researcher.

His PhD thesis, “Optical trapping and thermal dynamics of Silicon nanowire”, deals with  experimental work on various aspects of optical trapping and manipulation of non-spherical object and, in particular, nanowires.

At the Soft Matter Lab, he will work on a project related to the study of critical Casimir forces.