Chemical Engineering


Dr Guido Bolognesi PhD

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Lecturer in Bioengineering


Guido completed his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2008. He obtained an international joint PhD in “Theoretical and Applied Mechanics” in 2012 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL) under the supervision of Prof. R. Di Leonardo, Prof. C. M. Casciola, Prof. L Bocquet. His 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. He 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, he 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”. This 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 2015, he was awarded a translational grant, funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account at Imperial College London, to identify killer applications of the novel optonanofluidic platform technology he developed.

In October 2016, he has joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University as Lecturer in Bioengineering.


  • 2012  PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (University of Rome “La Sapienza” and University Claude Bernard Lyon 1)
  • 2008 MSc in Mechanical Engineering  (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
  • 2005 BSc in Mechanical Engineering  (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • Advanced Process System Engineering (D068)
  • Process Design & Safety (B001)
  • Process System Engineering (B020)
  • Reaction Engineering (B017)

Outline of main research interests:

His research interests lie in the experimental investigation of the physico-chemical behaviour of soft matter (such as colloids, lipid membranes) and fluid flows at the micrometer length scale with an interdisciplinary approach based on expertise in mechanics, micro-/nano-fluidics, microfabrication techniques, optics, interfacial and colloidal science. His main research activities are:

  • Microfluidic generation, manipulation and characterisation of functional particles and particle-based materials for drug-delivery, drug-screening and bio-sensing
  • Optical manipulation and construction of micro-particle based assemblies for compartmentalised chemistry and synthetic biology
  • Experimental/numerical investigations of single-phase and two-phase micron-scale flows

Recent publications:

  • NE Barlow, G Bolognesi, AJ Flemming, NJ Brooks, LMC Barter, O Ces, “Multiplexed droplet Interface bilayer formation”, Lab on Chip 2016,
  • G Bolognesi, Y Saito, AII Tyler, AD Ward, CD Bain, O Ces, “Mechanical characterization of ultralow interfacial tension oil-in-water droplets by thermal capillary wave analysis in a microfluidic device”,  Langmuir 32 (15), 3580-3586   
  • CL Chan, G Bolognesi,  A Bhandarkar, MS Friddin, NJ Brooks, JM Seddon, RV Law, LMC Barter, O Ces, “DROPLAY: laser writing of functional patterns within biological microdroplet displays”, Lab on a Chip 16 (23), 4621-4627
  • MS Friddin, G Bolognesi, Y Elani, NJ Brooks, RV Law, MAA Neil, O. Ces, “Optically assembled droplet interface bilayer (OptiDIB) networks from cell-sized microdroplets”, Soft Matter 12 (37), 7731-7734
  • G Bolognesi, A Hargreaves, AD Ward, AK Kirby, CD Bain, O Ces, “Microfluidic generation of monodisperse ultra-low interfacial tension oil droplets in water”, RSC Advances 5 (11), 8114-8121

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