Professor Valentinas Snitka

Curriculum vitae

He is a Director and Principal Scientist of the Research Center for Microsystems and Nanotechnology (RSMN) at Kaunas University of Technology.

He initiated and established Research center for Microsystems and Nanotechnology at KTU in 1998.

His responsibilities include the development of RSMN Science Research Plan and the integration of research activities into the local and European research networks. He coordinated the Lithuanian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology network which was created in 2002 to stimulate the collaboration on emerging technologies development and transfer into Lithuania.

V.Snitka was a chairman of the first Microsystems and nanotechnology conference in the Baltic region (Vilnius, 1999), organized by NEXUS (European Network of Excellence in Multifunctional Microsystems). He was a member of Scientific Committees of the biennial Nordic-Baltic workshop on Scanning Probe Microscopy, International Micro-Nanoengineering 2006 conference, Transducers 2010,3rd Annual Congress of Nanomedicine, 2012, Shenzhen, China , EMN Meeting Energy Materials, 2015, Hong Kong and others.

 He has conducted and supervised many RTD research projects in the field of microelectronics engineering technology, precision engineering, sensors and biosensors technology.

His current research is oriented to the development and aplication of Scanning Probe Microscopy methods and instrumentation, Nano-Raman microscopy and spectroscopy (SERS, TERS), cell imaging and manipulation by SPM, nanopositioning systems (piezoactuators, ultrasonic motors, nanoresolution displacement sensors), functional nanomaterials and molecular mechanisms, graphene research and application, bio-nano interface and nanomedicine, social dimension of nanotechnology.

Dr. Snitka background includes technology transfer, knowledge management, RTD  and innovation policy, and he was serving European Commission as a member advisory committees on strategic and future issues. He was serving as a member of  European Union Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST 2002-2006), EU 6th Framework  programme Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Priority 3) committee member, member of EU FP5 Innovation and SME committee, member of Foresight group, representative of Lithuanian's Science and Education Minister at European Commission DG Research, member of advisory committee for science and education to Lithuanian Prime Minister. He participated in numerous international conferences as an invited speaker, organiser and author.

He participated as a member of World Bank-Lithuania working group to prepare the World Bank report "Lithuania -Aiming for a Knowledge Economy" 2003, expert to UNECE author of report "Towards a knowledge -based economy", 2003, the leader of expert group of "Lithuanian Economy Foresight 2015" exercise, 2007.

His educational activities include supervising PhD students, post-docs, lectures on Microsystems and Nanotechnology at KTU and he is a lecturer of the master program course for executives " System Thinking and Management of Complexity" at International School of Management.

V.Snitka  has completed a management courses at a Center for International Executive Management Education (USA), collaborated in UNDP funded technology transfer projects "Commercialization of Baltic Science, participated as invited lecturer and expert for advanced technologies at  Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania educational program “Entrepreneurship and emerging markets”. He was with research and training visits at International Study Center (Jerusalem), Twente University (The Netherlands), Danish Technical University, Wharton school University of Pennsilvania, University of Melbourne, Warwick University. He was a visiting professor at Semiconductors Physics and Photonics department, Campinas University, Brazil during 1993-1994.

In 2004 he was awarded a US National Academy of Sciences fellowship for the collaborative research project "AFM based Nanoscale Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy" with Polymer Nanostructures Lab., Pensylvania State University, Grant from Soros Foundation, NATO research Grant with Danish Southern University.

In 2007, Applied technology research organisation MIMOS Bhd, Kuala Lumpur has appointed Prof. V.Snitka, as its new chief scientist for nanotechnology. In 2010 he was involved in European Nanobiotechnology Roadmap and Malaysia Nanomaterials Roadmap development as an invited expert. He is serving an European Commission as an expert and EU FP7 NanoBiotechnology Projects Technical Advisor, member of management committee of the EU COST T1002 action " European network on applications of Atomic Force Microscopy to NanoMedicine and Life Sciences".

He coordinated EU FP7 project "Center of Excellence for nanostructured materials", participate as a group leader in EU FP7 project NanoSustain dealing with nanotoxicity, coordinated a project " Nanoscopic investigation of structural transformations of proteins at the nano-bio-interfaces (NanoProt)" funded by European Social Fund. Currently he is a coordinator of the project funded by European Space Agency "Development of advanced methods for molecular contamination analysis by surface and tip enhanced Raman for space applications" (CONRAM ).

He is serving Journal of Nanomedicine Research (Editor in-Chief) and as a member of Editorial Board of Nanoscience&Nanotechnology.