Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology

The Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology (RCMN) at Kaunas University of Technology was established in 1998 to act as a base for interdisciplinary research into microsystems and nanotechnology through which new ideas for improved performance based on new materials and miniatiurization may be brought into industrial practice as innovations. The Centre aims to stimulate nanoscience and microsystems technology activity in Lithuania and Baltic region by participating in European and global networks, research projects and by dissemination of information. RCMN positions itself as a highly multidisciplinary institute working in overlapping fields of medicine, measurement and materials science, and engineering disciplines, and integrated into interdisciplinary campus, national and international networks.

MNMC implements various nanoscience and nanotechnology projects, participate in undergraduate and post graduate studies, preparation of doctoral students, participate in the process of master’s and bachelor’s studies, in cooperation with other KTU faculties, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vytautas Magnus University, Aleksandras Stulginskis University and a number of foreign universities, like San Francisco State University, Aalto University, Bristol University.

The latest new instrumentation development activities in the Centre are concentrated on scattered SNOM and AFM and confocal micro-Raman hybridization (Surface enhanced and Tip-enhanced Raman instrumentation), instrumentation developments and applications for nanomedicine and nanomaterial research, development of devices for space applications.

RCMN focus includes the broad areas of:

  • New SPM methods and development of next generation nanoscale imaging probes and instrumentation (AFM, SNOM, s-SNOM, Nano-Raman spectroscopy (SERS, TERS) and imaging.
  • Biomimetics for nanomaterials and nanosensors
  • Bionanotechnology and subcellular imaging
  • Proteins interaction with nanoparticles, nanotoxicity.

MNMC has been a partner of EU FP6 projects Micro-NanoSystems European Network pursuing the integration of NMS and ACC in ERA, Improving the understanding of the impact of the nanoparticles on human health and environment, and recipient of NATO security programme grant “Optical nanosensors based on organic nanofibres”.

The Center is funded by the EU FP7 project ” Centre of Excellence for Nanostructured materials” (NANOMAT) and participate as a partner in EU FP7 project ‘‘NanoSustain‘‘ aiming in nanotoxicity research, National SF project „Synthesis of graphene–aromatic  compunds nanostructures with improved optical-electrical properties“ , project ” Nanoscopic investigation of structural transformations of proteins at the nano-bio-interfaces (NanoProt)” funded by European Social Fund.

Center participate in the EU COST T1002 action ” European network on applications of Atomic Force Microscopy to NanoMedicine and Life Sciences“.

The current project funded by European Space Agency “Development of advanced methods for molecular contamination analysis by surface and tip enhanced Raman for space applications” (CONRAM ) started in January 2016.

Center participate in Editorial activity of the Journal of Nanomedicine Research (Editor in-Chief) and Nanoscience&Nanotechnology


Prof. habil. dr. Valentinas Snitka

Studentų str. 65 – 202, Kaunas
Phone: +370 685 96 660
+370 686 42 705


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Valentinas Snitka


Studentų str. 65, Kaunas
phone: +370 (37) 451 588

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