Department of Organic Chemistry

Department was established on October 1, 1940.


The Department of Organic Chemistry was established on October 1, 1940 after a reorganisation at the Department of General Chemistry at the Faculty of Technology. The Technical Faculty at the Kaunas branch of the University of Lithuania can be considered its predecessor. Under the university’s statute approved on April 12, 1922, an office of chemistry and the speciality of chemical technology was planned. Antanas Purėnas was assigned as the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry (Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry from 1922 until 1962). On July 19, 1956 the Department of Organic Chemistry was renamed the Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology because it not only provided studies in organic chemistry, but it also trained engineers in leather and fur technology, the chemical technology of fibre materials and man-made and synthetic fibre technology. In 1962 associate professor Jonas Zdanavičius was employed to manage the department which he did until 1965. With an increase in its number of employees and fields of activities, on September 1, 1965 the Department of Organic Chemistry was founded using lecturers and scientists from the original department. In 1962, Juozas Degutis, who was working as an associate professor, began managing the Department of Organic Chemistry and held the position until 1980 when the post was taken over by Doctor Romualdas Baltrušis who stayed in the position for 10 years. In 1991 professor Zigmuntas Jonas Beresnevičius became the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry at Kaunas University of Technology and also held the post for 10 years. In 2001, professor Z. J. Beresnevičius was elected the Dean of the Department of Organic Chemistry And Dr. Vytautas Mickevičius took up the position of head of the department where he remained until 2011. Since then, professor Vytas Martynaitis has been the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry.


World-class research, the training of creative and highly qualified specialists who graduate with Bachelor degrees in chemical engineering, industrial biotechnology and chemistry and Master’s degrees in chemical science, who are able to apply acquired knowledge in science and business and who are marketable at both national and international levels.

The Department of Organic Chemistry employs highly qualified lecturers and researchers who carry out scientific research within the realm of international study and scientific projects.


    • Pedagogical: The department coordinates the implementation of first and second cycle Industrial Biotechnology study programmes and actively participates in other study programmes;
    • International student exchange: Close relations between the department’s lecturers and colleagues from foreign universities provide students with great opportunities for temporary studies abroad. The ERASMUS and ERASMUS+ student exchange programmes open the doors to schools of higher education in Belgium, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere;
    • Scientific: The department’s scientific activities take place within a few main fields: synthesis of organic compounds, biotechnology and oil processing and alternative energy sources.

The successful activities of the scientists at the Department of Organic Chemistry is reflected not only in the abundance of articles in publications included in the ISI list and other peer-reviewed publications as well as patents registered in Lithuania and abroad and inventions, but also by close long-term cooperation with Lithuanian and international scientific partners.
Lecturers, who actively participate in scientific research, publish their work in internationally acknowledged scientific publications thus ensuring a unity of science and study.

The department’s contacts with foreign scientific and study centres have expanded significantly. The department cooperates with the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo in Norway, Lund University in Sweden, Bayreuth University and Bielefeld University in Germany, Touro College in France, the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Vienna in Austria. The department’s lecturers, researchers, doctoral students and students actively participate in scientific internships, deepening their knowledge, skills and competences.


The department runs an Industrial Biotechnologies programme at both Bachelor and Master’s degree level and trains Bachelor and Master’s graduates in chemical engineering (specialising in oil processing technology), industrial biotechnology and chemistry and chemical science at Doctoral level.

The department’s lecturers and researchers teach organic chemistry to all second year students at the Faculty of Chemical Technology and organic chemistry to students at other faculties as well as modules selected by the students of first and second cycles and Doctoral students.

The department provides two study programs:

Industrial Biotechnology (Bachelor)

Industrial Biotechnology (Master’s)


The lecturers and researchers at the Department of Organic Chemistry work in the following research fields:

Semiconductor synthesis and research (supervised by professor. Vytautas Getautis). Scientific interests in this scientific group include synthesis and research into semiconductors and colourants. The biggest focus is on organic semiconductors and organic colourants and pigments. Semiconductors, both small molecules and polymers, are synthesised and investigated for positive, negative and semiconductor transporting loaders of both sign. Their thermal, optical, photophysical and electrochemical features are investigated. The main fields of the application of synthetic materials are electrophotographic photoreceptors, organic LEDs, photovoltaic (solar) elements and organic field transistors.

The group works closely with Lithuanian and international physicists and optoelectronic and electronic device makers. Its main partners include the University of Vilnius’ Department of Solid State Electronics and Institute of Applied Sciences, the Research Group of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Instruments at Oxford University (under professor H. Snaith) and the Molecular Engineering Group of Functional Materials at the Federal Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne (professor K. Nazeeruddin). Scientific research has been commissioned by foreign entities including BASF SE and TrinamiX GmbH for many years.

The group carries out various research projects funded by both international and national authorities including the Seventh European Union Framework Programme. Students of different levels are actively involved in these projects.

The group actively patents its work results and publishes them in high-ranking international scientific journals. Over the past decade, the group has published more than 90 scientific articles in international scientific journals included in the ISI database and has registered approximately 100 US, European, Japanese and Chinese patents.

The following people are actively involved in this research group: Dr. Marytė Daškevičienė, associate professor Tadas Malinauskas, Dr. Giedrė Bubnienė, Dr. Jolanta Ardaravičienė, Dr. Simona Urnikaitė, Dr. Daiva Tomkutė-Lukšienė and the Doctoral students Ieva Petrikytė, Artiom Magomedov and Titas Braukyla.

Synthesis and research into biologically active substances (supervised by professor V. Mickevičius). This research team conducts research into the synthesis of substituted β-amino acids, their chemical properties and the search for biologically active compounds. In the big list of bioactive compounds, sulphur, nitrogen, amino acids, carbonyl-containing compounds and their derivatives take an important place. The combination of various amino acids and nitrogen, sulphur-containing aromatic heterocyclic pharmacophores, many of which have antimicrobial, fungicidal, analgesic, sedative, anti-cancer and other properties, can be synthesised with compounds with a specific biological activity. The biological properties of synthesised compounds are investigated in order to determine the relationship between the structure and biological properties of the compounds. Professors active in the research group include Dr. Vytautas Mickevičius, Dr. Ingrida Tumosienė, Dr. Kazimieras Anusevicius, associate Dr. Birute Sapijanskaitė, associate Dr. Kęstutis Rutkauskas, associate Dr. Ilona Jonuškiene, Rita Vaickelionienė and the Doctoral students Irmantas Parašotas, Irena Ramanauskaitė and Ramunė Kolosej.

Synthesis and research into new heterocyclic systems (supervised by professor A. Šačkus). Heterocyclic compounds form the structural basis for many drugs and colourants. The department searches for new heterocyclic systems and their research. Working in the areas of ultra-grate photochromes and chemosensors.

Biotechnology (supervised by Dr. I. Jonuškienė). Recently, biotechnology has become increasingly important in the world. Each year more and more products are manufactured using microorganisms and enzymes. The focus is in the field of industrial biotechnology production. Works carried out in the department include organogenesis of medical plants and oil plants, morphogenesis, emission of primary and secondary metabolites from plants, growth regulators, biologically active compounds for plants research in vitro, enzymes determination in plant culture research, antimicrobial, antioxidant evaluation of biologically active compounds, excretion of bio-products from bacteria and plant or algae experiments are rapidly developing and relevant.

Oil refining and alternative energy resources (supervised by Dr. L. Miknius). Research is carried out on waste of organic origin including plastics and used tyres refined into energy and other value added products as well as other aggregate fuels, adsorbents and chemicals. The aim is to determine the optimal conditions for the processing of individual raw materials, corresponding to the maximum output of products and the desired chemical composition to create a rational recycling technology.

In cooperation with the Lithuanian fuel company ORLEN Lietuva, research is carried out into various intermediate plant, hydrogenation, hydrocracking and hydroisomerisation products of which the results are used to optimise the company’s production activities. The manufacturing problems of a non-standard company are being solved.

Since 2014, the department has been moving in a new scientific direction with research into hemp fibre (Cannabis sativa). The chemical composition of the extracts isolated in different ways is analysed, the methods of concentration and purification of the active ingredients are applied and improved and the basis of which the technologies of production are made.


Birutė Grybaitė

Radvilėnų st. 19, Kaunas, Lithuania
mob. tel. +370 (626) 195 12



Dr. Eglė Arbačiauskienė

Head of Department

Radvilėnų pl. 19, Kaunas
phone: +370 676 92 747


Name Adress E-mail
Vytautas Getautis Radvilėnų st. 19 A-310
Vytas Martynaitis Radvilėnų st. 19 A-324
Vytautas Mickevičius Radvilėnų st. 19 A-317
Algirdas Šačkus K. Baršausko st. 59-512

Associate Professors

Name Adress E-mail
Ilona Jonuškienė Radvilėnų st. 19 C-039
Tadas Malinauskas Radvilėnų st. 19 A-308
Linas Miknius Radvilėnų st. 19 A-306
Kostas Radzevičius Radvilėnų st. 19 D-201
Birutė Sapijanskaitė Radvilėnų st. 19 A-323


Name Adress E-mail
Kazimieras Anusevičius Radvilėnų st. 19 A-325
Eglė Arbačiauskienė K. Baršausko st. 59-520
Monika Iškauskienė Radvilėnų st. 19 A-315
Vilija Kriščiūnienė Radvilėnų st. 19 A-321
Vida Malinauskienė Radvilėnų st. 19 A-315
Joana Solovjova Radvilėnų st. 19 A-307
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