The Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia (ISSP UL) is an internationally recognised leader in the material sciences and cross-disciplinary topics in Latvia, which provides internationally competitive research and innovative solutions for industrial applications.
Its international competence was acknowledged as far back as 2001 when it received the Excellence Centre of Advanced Materials Research and Technology (CAMART) award from the European Commission.
In 2014 ISSP UL participated in the Teaming Call within the Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme to upgrade the existing Centre of Excellence into CAMART2 – Centre of Advanced Materials Research and Technology Transfer.
From 169 proposals, the CAMART2 project was the third best proposal selected by the European Commission, and the ISSP UL was thus upgraded to enable the efficient transfer of new materials and technologies into products for commercial and public benefits based on the exchange of knowledge and synergy with innovation-intensive consortium partners, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Acreo Swedish ICT.
New physics, new futures
ISSP UL provides modern infrastructure for different kinds of material analysis such as optical spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, X-ray fluorescence microanalysis, a universal X-ray diffractometer and other analytical equipment that serves the research needs of industrial partners.
Along with developments in the scientific arena, ISSP UL has developed solid collaborations with high level innovation industries in Latvia. The technological and scientific research outcomes of ISSP UL are transferred into several spin-off companies.
Physics and industry
We have also created a new platform to facilitate wider co-operation between the ISSP UL and both national and international commercial companies in the field of materials-based high technology.
The objective of Materize is to make the scientific expertise, skills, and experience of the ISSP UL beneficial and easily accessible.
ISSP UL develops innovative materials technologies to help create new products in the high-tech industry, to support industry in the development of new applications, and in the commercialisation of these new technologies.