Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology

The Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology 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. The Centre coordinates Lithuanian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology network, National research priorities program "Functional materials and molecular mechanisms", has been a partner of EU FP6 projects Micro-NanoSystems European Network pursuing the integration of NMS and ACC in ERAImproving 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 RC Microsystems and Nanotechnology (RCMN) provides excellent imaging capabilities at KTU, with  focus on soft matter nanoscale imaging. The RCMN anchors efforts to investigate the behaviour of single molecules and nanostructures, with an applications to nanomedicine, biology and materials science.

Currently 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.

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



Bachelor and Master studies
Students in KTU  Research Center of Microsystems and Nanotechnology (hereinafter - the Center) have a great opportunity to carry out investigations during Bachelor and Master studies. Students studying in physics, chemistry, or even the social and other sciences directions can choose Bachelor or Master thesis guide in the Center, regardless of faculties in which they are studying.

Doctoral studies

KTU Research Centre of Microsystems and Nanotechnology  conducts the doctoral studies process.


KTU Research Center of Microsystems and Nanotechnology invites students, who studies in physics, chemistry, engineering and other fields of science for practice.
During the Practice, You will be:
Given the opportunity to independently or with the help to conduct research at KTU MNMC Chemistry, Cell cultivation, Atomic force measurement or Raman spectroscopy laboratories.
Catered with the research required reagents, materials and machinery.
Consulted on tasking issues.


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. The RCMN, located in the KTU campus, provides researchers with state-of-the-art single molecule imaging and nanoscale characterization and manipulation tools, such as multi-cell and single cell electroporation and impedance measurement instrumentation, Scanning Near Field Optical Microscopy, wide-field single molecule fluorescence microscopy and photon counting, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, a BioAFM (combined atomic force and optical microscopy), magnetic force and Kelvin probe microscopy, SPM nanolitography, and  UV-VIS spectroscopy. Part of RCMN's objective is not only to provide cutting-edge technology and expertise in nanoscale imaging, but also to develop next generation techniques in this rapidly growing area.

The latest new instrumentation development activities in the Centre are concentrated on scattered SNOM and AFM and confocal micro-Raman integration (Tip-enhanced Raman instrumentation) developments and applications for nanomedicine and material research applications.
RCMN research focus includes the areas of:

  • 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.



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Doctoral Students


Head of Centre

Prof. habil. dr. Valentinas Snitka 
Tel.: (37) 45 51 88
Studentų st. 65–102 LT- 51369 Kaunas