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 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 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.

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

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 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
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