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DR. SIMONA STRAZDAITE
CHEMICAL PHYSICIST

Dr. S. Strazdaite obtained a doctoral degree in the field of ultrafast spectroscopy at the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), where she built and developed a surface sensitive non-linear vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy  system based on a femtosecond laser and later applied this system to study various biological surfaces. Since 2017, she is a senior research fellow at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC, Vilnius, Lithuania) in the group of Prof. G. Niaura. She is currently studying the formation and adsorption of protein aggregates at water/lipid interfaces using VSFG. The importance of her current project has been recognized by the European Commission and Dr. S. Strazdaite was granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (A MULTI-SPECTROSCOPIC APPROACH TO PROBE AMYLOID AGGREGATION AT BIOLOGICAL SURFACES).  


EDVINAS NAVAKAUSKAS
MASTER IN BIOPHYSICS

In 2016 Edvinas Navakauskas obtained a bachelor degree of modern technologies physics and management and in 2018 he received a master degree of science in biophysics at Vilnius University. He successfully defended his master thesis entitled "Structure Determination of Lysozyme Aggregates in the Bulk Solution and at Biological Membranes". In October this year Edvinas Navakauskas will start his doctoral studies at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology under the supervision of dr. S. Strazdaite. During four years of his doctoral studies, he will focus on understanding protein aggregation and the influence of the lipid membrane on the aggregation using sum-frequency generation spectroscopy. 

 
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PROF. GEDIMINAS NIAURA
CHEMICAL PHYSICIST

Prof. G. Niaura is the leader of the Spectroelectrochemistry laboratory at FTMC. He is also a professor at Vilnius University. His group performs in-situ analysis of the molecular structure of electrochemical interfaces using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and other surface vibrational spectroscopy methods. Since 2012 he supervised/coordinated spectroscopy team work of 4 research projects. Prof. G. Niaura is a co-author of 142 peer reviewed articles (cited by other authors more than 1650 times (h-index 24)). Some manuscripts were published in prestigious high impact factor journals, such as “Energy and Environmental Science”, “Nature Communications”, “Laser and Photonics Reviews”. The recognition of Prof. G. Niaura as an expert in the Raman spectroscopy field is proven by the fact that he was invited to write a chapter in the “Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry”. Also, Prof. G. Niaura received the Lithuanian National Science award in 2003 and he is a member of Lithuanian Academy of Science since 2012.

Relevant Publications by Prof. G. Niaura:

Q.X. Shi, T. Javorskis, K.E. Bergquist, A. Ulcinas, G. Niaura, I. Matulaitiene, E. Orentas, K. Warnmark.
STIMULI-CONTROLLED SELF-ASSEMBLY OF DIVERSE TUBULAR AGGREGATES FROM ONE SINGLE SMALL MONOMER
Nat. Commun. 8,  14943, (2017)

I. Matulaitiene, Z. Kuodis, A. Matijoska, O. Eicher-Lorka, G. Niaura. 
SERS OF THE POSITIVE CHARGE BEARING PYRIDINIUM RING TERMINATED SELF-ASSEMBLED MONOLAYER: STRUCTURE AND BONDING SPECTRAL MARKERS
J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 26481-26492, (2015)

I. Matulaitiene, E. Pociute, Z. Kuodis, O. Eicher-Lorka, G. Niaura.
INTERACTION OF 4-IMIDAZOLEMETHANOL WITH A COPPER ELECTRODE REVEALED BY ISOTOPE-EDITED SERS AND THEORETICAL MODELING
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 16483-16493, (2015)

A. Zukauskas, I. Matulaitiene, D. Paipulas, G. Niaura, M. Malinauskas, R. Gadonas.
TUNING THE REFRACTIVE INDEX IN 3D DIRECT LASER WRITING LITOGRAPHY: TOWARDS MICROOPTICS  
Laser Photonics Rev. 9, 706-712, (2015)

R. Trusovas, K. Ratautas, G. Raciukaitis, J. Barkauskas, I. Stankeviciene, G. Niaura, R. Mazeikiene.
REDUCTION OF GRAPHITE OXIDE TO GRAPHENE WITH LASER IRRADIATION 
Carbon 52, 574-582, (2013)