The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) is the university founded scientific research institute.

Short facts

Strategy: The strategy of the ISSP UL is based on scientific experience, quality of performance and an original interdisciplinary approach. Along with the research, ISSP UL participates in different activities to educate the society of Latvia and to attract young talented individuals to develop their career in science.

Employees: The Institute’s staff has over a hundred researchers, PhD, Masters and Bachelor students.

History: Founded 1978, ISSP UL was established on the basis of the University’s two Laboratories: Semiconductor Physics and Ferro- and Piezoelectric Physics – in 1978. Since 1986 the ISSP had the legal status of an independent scientific institution of the University, but was reorganized as an agency of the University of Latvia in 2006.

Areas of research

• Theoretical and experimental studies of electronic and ionic processes in wide-gap materials with different degree of structural ordering
• Inorganic single crystals, ceramics, glasses, thin films, and nano-structured surfaces for applications in optics, electronics and photonics
• Functional organic molecules and polymers for photonics and organic electronics
• Multifunctional and hybrid materials for energy applications including photovoltaic elements, fuel cells, hydrogen energetics and light emitting diodes

Progrannes and projects national

National Research program of Latvia in Material sciences (2010 - 2013)
National Research program in Energetics (2010 - 2013)

Latvian Council of Science grants:

Ab initio calculations of ABO3 perovskite surfaces and defect (2013 - 2016)
Spectroscopic studies of advanced dielectrics and wide-gap semiconductors with different local disorder (2013 - 2016)
Dynamic Self-Assembling at nano scale (2013 - 2016)
Local structure determination in functional materials from x-ray absorption spectra (2013 - 2016)
XAFS studies of local structure of functional materials with femtometer accuracy (2013 - 2016)
National Joint Research project (2010 - 2013)

European Regional Development Fund projects:

  • Development of polymer electro-optical modulator prototype (2010 - 2013)
  • Innovative glass coatings (2010 - 2013);Materials and structures for tandem solar cells (2010 - 2013)
  • The Study Of Vision And Visual Perception Disorders In School-Age Children; Development Of Diagnostic Methods (2010 - 2013)
  • New Luminescent Materials for Energy Saving Light Sources (2010 - 2013)
  • Development of innovation technology for producing of solar silicon using electron-beam technology (2010 - 2013)
  • Development of new technology to obtain hydrogen and calcium carbonate in chemical reaction of biomass and alkali (2011 - 2013)
  • New technology for biohydrogen production and separation in process of anaerobic fermentation (2011 - 2013)


COST international projects
CM1104 Reducible oxide chemistry, structure and functions (2012 - 2016)
MP1106 Smart and green interfaces - from single bubbles and drops to industrial, environmental and biomedical applications (2012 - 2016)
MP1004 Hybrid Energy Storage Devices and Systems for Mobile and Stationary Applications (2011 - 2015)
MP1103 Nanostructured materials for solid-state hydrogen storage (2011 - 2015)
MP0804 Highly Ionised Pulse Plasma Processes (2010 - 2013)

Association EURATOM-University of Latvia (EURATOM, EFDA projects)

7th FP projects:
Waste Heat to Electrical Energy via Sustainable Organic Thermoelectric Devices (H2ESOT) (2013 - 2015)
Nano-carbon based components and materials for high-frequency electronics (CACOMEL) (2010 - 2014)

Latvia-Lithuania-Taiwan mutual projects:
Materials and processing development for advanced Li ion batteries;
Synthesis and studies of organic electroactive materials for effective and reliable optoelectronic devices (2013- 2015)
One-Dimensional Nanostructures of Ternary AlGaN and Metal Doped- Zinc Oxide with Tunable Bandgaps: Growth, Characterization and Optical Properties (2011 - 2013)

Latvian-French cooperation programme “Osmoze”:
Echantillons Test Nanostructurés Pour Analyse Couplée Avec Une Sonde À Champ Proche (2012 - 2013)
Phthalocyanine architectures for sensor application (2012 - 2013)

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