Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology

Studentų St. 65, LT-51369 Kaunas
Tel. +370 37 451588
E-mail valentinas.snitka@ktu.lt

The establishment of the Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology (MN MC) is a reflection of the processes that are going on in the international research policy and that are inevitably and gradually coming to Lithuania, too.

One of the main objectives of the EU research policy is the development of a common EU research space and development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the common EU and international context. This is an important task in Lithuania and in KTU in particular. Therefore, the Centre strives to ensure that knowledge of nanoscience is created at KTU in order to stimulate the dissemination of knowledge in the society, simultaneously orientating it to create and apply advanced technologies of the 21st century.

The Centre prepares doctors in the areas of physics, mechanics, and electronics, who carry out research in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. The Centre also performs the research programme Functional Nanostructures and Molecular Mechanisms, funded by the Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation; EU FP6 programme projects Influence of Nanoparticles on Human Health and Environment and Micro-nano Euronet; the project Sol-gel Derived Ferroelectric Thin Films, funded by the Ministries of Education and Science of Lithuania and Germany; and the US National Academy of Sciences grant project together with Pennsylvania State University.

The Centre cooperates with the National Nanotechnology Centre of Malaysia in creating nanosensors for precision agriculture; with the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information of the University of Bristol, and Helsinki Technical University. The Centre is a coordinator of the Lithuanian Network for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (www.microsys.ktu.lt/nanonetwork), which includes research groups from Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University, Institute of Physics, Institute of Semi-Conductor Physics, Institute of Immunology, and Lithuanian University of Agriculture. The Centre is also one of the coordinators of the FP6 project Micro-nano Euronet, the aim of which is to stimulate the integration of new EU members into development of micro-nanotechnologies in Europe.

The Centre’s mission is to satisfy demands of the University community, the Lithuanian society, and the expanded European Union for new knowledge in nanoscience and nanotechnologies, to become a European-level dissemination centre of inter-disciplinary research and knowledge, which carries out the highest-level scientific research and prepares new-generation specialists.
 

Main Research Area

  • Development of new SPM methods and next generation nanoscale imaging probes and instrumentation;
  • Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and microscop;
  • Lateral molecular force spectroscopy and microscopy;
  • Biomimetics for nanomaterials, nanosensors and drug delivery;
  • Bionanotechnology and subcellular imaging;
  • Microsystems and ultraprecision engineering.