Active Matter

Jaakko Timonen

Group leader

Professor Jaakko Timonen



Welcome to the webpage of the Active Matter group!


8.3.2018 Spiders! (link)

18.1.2018 Summer student positions 2018 (link)

22.11.2017 Europhysics News article on superhydrophobicity (link)

11.7.2017 Nature Physics article on dynamics of droplets on lubricated surfaces is online! (link)

19.1.2017 Summer student positions 2017 (pdf)


Open positions:

We always welcome applications from enthusiastic researchers of all levels (from students to post-docs). Contact prof. Jaakko Timonen for details.


Current focus:

  • Active matter: We investigate behavior of biological micro/milliswimmers in complex environments and interfaces. We also develop, engineer and synthesize artificial systems that mimic naturally occuring active materials.
  • Non-equilibrium systems: Active matter is just one example of non-equilibrium systems. We are interested in the transition between equilibrium and non-equilibrium self-assembly.
  • Fluids and colloids in EM fields: We are interested in the ways that fluids and colloidal matter interact with electric and magnetic fields. We also develop new electromagnetic microtweezing tools for soft matter research.


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Prof. Jaakko Timonen
Email: firstname.lastname(at)
Tel.: +358 44 230 5820

Postal address:
Department of Applied Physics
Aalto University School of Science
P.O. Box 15100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Visiting address:
Nano Building, office 113
Puumiehenkuja 2 A, 02150
Espoo, Finland


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