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Horizons of Optics, Photonics and Emerging Sciences (HOPES) Webinar | Biological Applications of Optical Tweezers, Looking Ahead and Beyond by Prof Philip Jones, University College London

Applications of optical tweezers to biological systems have been, and remain, one of the outstanding successes of the technique. In this talk, Prof Philip Jones will give a short introduction to optical tweezers, including what makes them suitable for use in biology and the life sciences. He will present some experiments from his own laboratory, before surveying just a few of the recent exciting developments in the field, and suggesting an outlook for the future.


  • 1200-1205: Introduction
  • 1205-1250: Webinar Session
  • 1250-1300: Break
  • 1300-1325: Q&A Session
  • 1325-1330: Closing Remarks

With this series, the IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter is taking a different approach to seminal webinars. Instead of focussing on a single piece of research and/or innovation, we invite highly impactful researchers to discuss the future of their research domains. This will allow the speaker to share their informed view of future innovations on a platform that encourages a true exchange for shaping the evolution of science. We hope that in such discussions, unique solutions in pure and interdisciplinary domains can be unravelled.

About the Speaker:

Phil Jones studied at Cambridge University (BA), Imperial College (MSc) and Oxford University (DPhil). He currently leads the Optical Tweezers Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London, where his research interests include applying optical trapping to a variety of microscopic, nanoscale, soft matter and biological objects. In 2015 he co-authored the textbook “Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications”, published by Cambridge University Press.

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