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Prof. Valentinas SNITKA

Contact address:

Prof. Valentinas Snitka
Kaunas University of Technology,
RC for Microsystems and Nanotechnology
Studentu 65, Kaunas 51369, Lithuania

tel.: + 370 37 451588; fax: + 370 37 451588

e-mail: vsnitka@ktu.lt

Dr. Valentinas Snitka received the Ph.D Degree in Microelectronics from the Kaunas University of Technology, and the Dr Sci degree from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology. He is currently 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. He coordinate the Lithuanian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology network which was created to stimulate the collaboration on emerging technologies development and transfer into Lithuania. Currently, he coordinate the National research priorities program “Functional materials and molecular mechanism” funded by Lithuanian Science and Education Fund, Lithuania-Germany project „Nanostructured ferroelectric sol-gel films“, partner of NATO security program research grant „Novel optical nanosensors on the basis of organic nanofibers, workpackage leader and Board member of EU FP6 programe “, 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, partner of several international collaborative projects.
     His teaching activities covers micro/nanosystems and technology and he is a supervisor of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.
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 International Scientific Committee of the biennial Nordic-Baltic workshop on Scanning Probe Microscopy, International conferencies “ Micro and Nano Engineering (2005, Vienna, 2006 Barselona) and invited speaker at several international conferencies and meetings ( SPIE BioMEMS and Nanotechnology, Melburne 2003, nanoTX’2006, Dallas, etc,).
He has conducted and supervised many R&D work in the field of microelectronics technology, application of ultrasound for precision engineering, Surface Acoustic Wave devices and sensors technology.  His current research is oriented to Dynamic Scanning Probe Microscopy methods and instrumentation, cell imaging and manipulation by SPM, nanopositioning systems (piezoactuators, ultrasonic motors, nanoresolution displacement sensors), nanostructured materials, molecular mechanisms and social dimension of nanotechnology.
Dr. Snitka background includes technology transfer, knowledge management, RTD  and innovation policy, and he sits on various European Union advisory committees on strategic and future issues. He served (2000-2004) as a member of  European Union Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST), 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. Currently he is an EU 6th Framework  programme Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, materials and proceses (Priority 3) committee member.
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.
He is also research associate, International Center for Knowledge Economy and Management at Vilnius University, expert to UN Economic Commission for Europe, lecturer at International School of Management., participated as a member of Word Bank and Lithuania team for Lithuania Knowledge Economy Assessment

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5th International Conference NANO 06
"Nanostructured Materials for Functional, Structural and Bio-applications"
Brno, Czech Republic,
November 13-15, 2006.



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