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EPSRC DPT Funded Phd Project on Paper-Based Microfluidics 
(Start Date Oct 2024)

A fully-funded PhD Project is available in our group at University College London – Department of Chemistry.

The aim of this project is to investigate and exploit solute-driven electrokinetic phenomena to enable the rapid preconcentration of analytes/biomarkers in lateral flow assays (LFAs) and increase the device sensitivity by orders of magnitudes. 

This project will encompass both fundamental investigation of colloid/analyte/liquid dynamics in LFAs as well as the design and testing of novel paper-based testing devices. This project is aligned with ongoing EPSRC-funded research project led by Dr Bolognesi in collaboration with Loughborough University and an industrial partner (GADx), a leading developer of LFA and rapid diagnostic technologies. 

If you are interested, contact us to discuss your application.

Detailed description of the project can be found here.

To apply, click here and follow the instructions.

The application deadline is set for

13:00 UK time on January 8, 2024.

Project Start date is October 2024.

PhD UCL 2024


Christina joins the group as PhD student

Christina joins the group as PhD student. Her project will focus on the synthesis and diffusiophoresis manipulation of colloidal particles in microfluidic devices.

Christina Puijk


Guido is elected member of the Joint Colloids Group Committee

Guido has been elected member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Colloid & Interface Science Group Committee. The RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group works jointly with the Society of Chemical Industries (SCI) Colloids and Surface Chemistry Group, forming the Joint Colloids Group. 



The group is attending ECIS 2023 in Naples

Guido and Adnan are attending the 37th conference of European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS). The conference is held in Naples from the 3rd to 8th September.


Guido is attending UK Colloids 2023 in Liverpool

Guido is attending UK Colloids 2023 in Liverpool. He will present the group's latest work on the "Continuous Manipulation and Characterization of Colloidal Beads and Liposomes via Diffusiophoresis in Single- and Double-Junction Microchannels".

Eurovision 2023


Adnan wins the Researcher and Development Travel Grant

Adnan has won the Researcher and Development Travel Grant. This travel grant is offered by the Royal Chemical Society to PhD students and early career scientists wishing to undertake an activity that supports their research career. 

Adnan Chakra


Amina joins the group as Post-doctoral Research Associate

Amina has join the group as post-doctoral researcher. She will work on the EPSRC-funded project "Solute-driven Online Preconcentration in Lateral Flow Assay (SOP-LFA) devices for ultrasensitive biochemical testing"

Click here to know more about Amina's academic and scientific profile.

Amina Farooq


Adnan wins the Rideal Travel Bursary Award

Adnan has won the Rideal Travel Bursary Award. This travel grant is offered by the Society of Chemical Industries to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend international conferences or to visit relevant research institutions. 

Adnan Chakra


Fully Funded Phd Project Available at University College London

A fully-funded PhD Project is available in the new lab of Dr Bolognesi at University College London – Department of Chemistry. The project will focus on microfluidic strategies – based on interfacial transport mechanisms (e.g., diffusiophoresis/osmosis) and optical manipulation techniques – to control the motion and distribution of micro-/nano-particles within a microfluidic environment. 

Microdevices for particle filtration, pre-concentration, directed delivery and pre-concentration will be developed and exploited for healthcare applications, such as bio-sensing, diagnostics and drug delivery. During the project, the student will engage in collaborations with academic and industrial project partners in UK and overseas.

If you are interested, contact us to discuss your application.

Detailed description of the project and application procedure are available at this link.

The application deadline has been extended until beginning of April.

Project Start date is October 2023.

PhD UCL 2023


Post-doc opening in paper-based diagnostics

The group is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work at UCL on an exciting and ambitious research on biomarker preconcentration in paper-based analytical devices.

Point-of-care testing devices enable rapid, affordable, and widely accessible diagnosis, but their limited sensitivity makes them inappropriate for the diagnosis of early-stage diseases. To address this ongoing technological challenge, this EPSRC-funded project aims to introduce a radically new concept for biomarker preconcentration by exploiting colloid transport mechanisms based on interfacial and electrokinetic phenomena. 

The research will be run in close collaboration with Global Access Diagnostics – a leading developer of lateral flow assays and rapid diagnostic technologies.

The research associate will join Dr Bolognesi's lab in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. 

Application deadline: 31/01/2023 

Preferred starting date: mid-March 2023 (or soon after) 

Duration: 18 months in the first instance

Click here to apply.

PhD LU 2023


Fully Funded Phd Projects Available at Loughborough University

Fully funded PhD projects are available in our group at Loughborough University. We are currently looking for highly talented graduated students to join our research group to work on the following project



Guido moves to UCL Chemistry

The Particle Microfluidics Group has not split into two labs:

  • Vladisavljević Lab at Loughborough University  

  • Bolognesi Lab at UCL

The group website has been restyled to reflect the group re-arrangement. 

After six fantastic years at Loughborough University, Guido has moved to the Department of Chemistry of University College London.

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