The Living Matter research group is located at the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. We develop our own experimental and analytical tools to probe the dynamics and flow in soft, living, and fluid materials.
- Swimming dynamics of micro- to mesoscale organisms
- Biomechanics of tiny plant roots
- Wetting and capillary phenomena
Group Leader: Prof. Matilda Backholm
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- Tenure-track Assistant Professor (2022–), Dept. of Applied Physics, Aalto University.
- Postdoc(2015–2017) and Academy of Finland postdoc (2017–2022), Aalto University.
- PhD in Physics, McMaster University, Canada (2015).
- MSc in Nanoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark (2011).
- BSc in Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland (2009).
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Rafael Ayala Lara
- Force-based wetting characterization of stochastic superhydrophobic coatings at nanonewton sensitivity
M. Hokkanen, M. Backholm, M. Vuckovac, Q. Zhou, and R.H.A. Ras
Advanced Materials 33, 2105130 (2021).
- Water droplet friction and rolling dynamics on superhydrophobic surfaces
M. Backholm*, D. Molpeceres, M. Vuckovac, H. Nurmi, M. Hokkanen, V. Jokinen, J.V.I. Timonen, and R.H.A. Ras
Communications Materials 1, 64(2020).
- Viscosity-enhanced droplet motion in sealed superhydrophobic capillaries
M. Vuckovac, M. Backholm, J.V.I. Timonen, and R.H.A. Ras
Science Advances 6, eaba5197 (2020).
[Highlighted by 12 news outlets, such as Physics Today and Physics World.]
- Micropipette force sensors for in vivo force measurements on single cells and multicellular microorganisms
M. Backholm*, and O. Bäumchen
Nature Protocols 14, 594–615 (2019).
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- Tangling of tethered swimmers: Interactions between two nematodes
M. Backholm, R. D. Schulman, W. S. Ryu, and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 138101 (2014).
[Editor's Suggestion, Highlighted by PRL Editorial]
- Viscoelastic properties of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a self-similar, shear-thinning worm
M. Backholm, W. S. Ryu, and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS) 110, 4528-4533 (2013).
Professor Matilda Backholm: Between the micro and the macro
Driven by curiosity, new Department of Applied Physics professor Matilda Backholm studies the physics of the mesoscale.
When honey flows faster than water
Physicists surprised to find that in specially coated tubes, the more viscous a liquid is, the faster it flows
Measuring forces of living cells and microorganisms
Force sensors to study living cells and microorganisms with extraordinary precision
Three Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher positions to HYBER CoE researchers
Matilda Backholm, Sesilja Aranko and Suvi Arola received funding from the Academy of Finland
More information on our research in the Research database.