The Research Center for Microsystems and Nanotechnology was established in 1998 to act as a focus for interdisciplinary research into microsystems and nano-instrumentation through which new ideas for improved performance based on new materials and miniatiurization may be brought into industrial practice as innovations.
The Center 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 Center coordinate Lithuanian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology network, National research priorities program "Functional materials and molecular mechanisms", 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, NATO security programme grant “Optical nanosensors based on organic nanofibres”. The Research Center for Microsystems and Nanotechnology (RCMN) completes the existing imaging capabilities at KTU, with focus on cellular level imaging. The RCMN anchors an efforts to investigate the behavior of single molecules and nanostructures, with an emphasis on nanomedicine, biological and materials science applications.
RCMN is operated as a highly multidisciplinary facility bridging medicine, science, materials science, and engineering disciplines integrated within existing interdisciplinary campus-based and nationally and internationally networking efforts. 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 microscopy, Kelvin probe, SPM nanolitography, and UV-VIS spectroscopy. Part of RCMN’s objective is not only to provide cutting-edge technology and expertise concerning nanoscale-level imaging, but also to develop next generation techniques in this highly perspective discipline.
RCMN focus includes the broad areas of:
- New SPM methods and development of next generation nanoscale imaging probes and instrumentation
- Biomimetics for nanomaterials and nanosensors
- Bionanotechnology and subcellular imaging