Prof. Dr. Valentinas Snitka, research leader
Internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology. He established a Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology at KTU in 1997. His current position - Director and Principal Scientist of Research Center for Microsystems and Nanotechnology at KTU. He pioneered Nanotechnology research in Lithuania in 1993; was a visiting researcher in University of Campinas (Brazil), University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of Twente (The Netherlands), chief scientist at MIMOS Corporation (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2007-2009), etc. He served European Commission as a CREST member (2000-2004), member of FP6 NMP committee, FP6/7 Projects Implementation Technical Advisor (2009-2013). Currently he is a member of EU ISO CEN/TC 352 (Nanotechnology) committee, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal for Nanomedicine Reseaerch. His scientific expertise include Ultra-precision positioning systems, Scanning Probe Microscopy methods and instrumentation, imaging and manipulation by SPM, nanoRaman (SERS, TERS) spectromicroscopy, synthesis and physicochemical characterization of nanoparticles, nanotoxicity. He is an author and co-author of 100+ publications in international journals, 30 inventions and patents, has given numerous invited lectures. He successfully managed numerous international and national projects, including for Soviet space applications. During 2009-2012 he was a coordinator of EU FP7 project “Center of Excellence in Nanostructured Materials” and currently coordinate project funded by European Social Fund (2013-present). During 2010 – 2014 he was a member of management committee in EU COST Action TD1002 and team leader in several projects (EU FP 5 (1997-2000), EU FP 6 (2004-2007), EU FP6 (2006-2009), EU FP7 (2010-2013). He served in Russia Military Space Research Centre (Kazakhstan) as an engineer-researcher in ballistic rockets control unit (1968-1970). He got experience in science commercialization implementing the UNDP project “Commercializing the Baltic Science” with partner Wharton School, Pensilvania University and Gaertner Research, Inc.(1994-1997). He wrote and published a book “RTD, innovation and technology transfer policy in the knowledge economy” (2002). He understands the market mechanisms, holds certificate from the training course “Enterprising University” from Warwick, Cambridge universities, (British Counsil program, The Enterprising University), certificate of the program “Management for Executives” from International institute of Management, (USA) and working as invited lecturer at ISM University of Management and Economics. During 2007 he served Lithuanian Ministry of economy leader of expert’s group preparing the Lithuanian economy Foresight – Lithuania 2015 in partnership with Maastricht University. Currently he is also a supervisor of four PhD students in nanoscience.
Dr. Egidijus Griskonis, senior researcher
Graduated his PhD (2001) in chemical engineering at Kaunas University of Technology. He has a good background working with electrolytic deposition of metals, electrochemistry, solid-state chemistry, galvanotechnics, corrosion of metals and chemistry of metal compounds. He is an author of more than 10 publications in international journals and several science books, also actively participates in international conferences in the field of electrochemical engineering. Participates in Project as a senior researcher. His expert work experience includes Eureka and COST programs. Currently he is working as an associate professor in KTU, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Dr. Leopoldas Limanauskas, engineer
Graduated his PhD (1993) in dynamic and resistance automatic lines, precision mechanical devices and equipment at Kaunas University of Technology.
He has a strong background designing precision mechanical appliances and its components. He is an author of 19 publications (including international) and 10 patents. He was a participant in two European Union projects (2000-2003, 2011-2013). Currently he is an engineer at Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Kaunas University of Technology.
Dr. Lina Ramanauskaite, junior researcher
PhD student in chemistry at KTU. She is familiar with nanoparticle chemical synthesis, substrates and cantilevers functionalization for SERS and TERS applications, has a strong background working with biomaterials and analysis of protein interaction with nanostructured surfaces. She has an experience working with IR, Atomic Absorption and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy. She is an author of 5 publications in international journals in field of nanotechnology. She has experience in industrial biotechnology, participates in project funded by European Social Fund as younger researcher. She has international collaboration experience working in University of Zurich.
Dr. Nora Slekiene, junior researcher
PhD student in chemical engineering at KTU. She is familiar with nanoparticle chemical synthesis, functionalization of substrates for SERS applications and lipid bilayer formation. She has a strong background working with biomaterials and analysis of protein interaction with nanoparticles on different surfaces. She has experience working with Raman spectroscopy, Atomic Force microscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Supercritical angle fluorescence microscopy. She is an author of 5 publications in international journals, participates at international conferences in the field of nanotechnology, also has experience in industrial biotechnology. Participates in project funded by European Social Fund as younger researcher, has international collaboration experience working in University of Zurich.
Viktoras Mazeika, technician
Bachelor student at KTU. Hired as an auxiliary staff he got a skills to work with HandHeld Raman system, UV-Vis spectrometer. during the project.
MsS Agne Valatkiene, project administrator
Graduated her Master in public administration in Aleksandras Stulginskis University.
She has an experience in managing EU FP7 projects and national projects funded by European Social Fund. She is an author of 3 international publications in the field of management, public policy and knowledge economy, participant of international conferences.