Optical Trapping and Manipulation of Nanostructures
Controlling, manipulating and probing the properties of nanostructured material is crucial for the advancement of basic and applied nanoscience and it is a key step to quickly proceed towards the optimization of their functional properties for technological applications.
Our project aims at:
- exploiting “liquid phase” dispersion technologies for the synthesis of multifunctional nanostructures (e.g., carbon-based materials, metal-carbon hybrids, etc.);
- modeling and characterizing their photonic and optical trapping properties;
- trapping and manipulating them with optical tweezers, Raman tweezers, and holographic tweezers;
- using them as ultra-sensitive probes for force sensing and Raman spectroscopy.
WG3: Materials (soft, bio and nano) and technologies for optofluidic devices