Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia

Smart materials & additive manufacturing
Life & physical sciences
Optics & photonics

The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) is an internationally recognised leader in materials science and cross-disciplinary topics, conducting competitive research, educating students and offering innovative solutions for industrial needs.

The ISSP UL is located in 10 000 m2 office and laboratory building with modern infrastructure for the synthesis and analysis of various types of materials and 650 m2 ISO class 4 - 8 cleanroom space for dust-free experiments. The work is organised in the form of Open Labs, available to all researchers, industry and students trained to work with the equipment or by applying research projects where the institute’s scientists carry out the work.


ISSP UL research directions include:

Fundamental and experimental research in solid state physics and materials science:

  • Synergy of theoretical and experimental methods in prediction and research of crystallographic structures and materials with tailored optical, electronic and magnetic properties;
  • Investigation of structural effects by methods of quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics and mesoscopic scale modeling;
  • Computer modeling of materials and devices;
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy;
  • Formation of native and radiation-induced point defects, their evolution and study of structure in solids;
  • Experimental research of mechanisms of luminescence and electronic processes in solids;
  • Study of non-linear optical effects in organic nanostructured materials.

Improvement of technologies and experimental methods:

  • Development of thin films and coating technologies;
  • Research on 0D, 1D, 2D and mixed dimensional nanomaterials;
  • Prototyping of microfluidic devices;
  • Development of a polymer photonics technology platform;
  • Research on the morphology and structure of materials;
  • Research of scintillator materials by synchrotron spectroscopy methods;
  • Application of spectroscopic ellipsometry in the research of functional materials.

Research on material applications:

  • Materials and applications in electronics and photonics;
  • Materials for radiation conversion;
  • Materials for energy harvesting and storage;
  • Materials and devices for biomedical applications.


  • Long-term functionality of the materials in the harsh space environment
  • Electrode Materials for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries
  • Specific materials with high stability under vacuum and under radiation
  • Nanomaterial/coating/ceramic synthesis
  • Sensors – polymer photonics and 2D materials for gas and environmental sensing


  • Over the last decade more than 25 MEUR were invested in ISO cleanrooms and state of the art laboratory equipment. The list of available equipment is listed in the link.


  • ESA project "Feasibility of phase retrieval adaptive optics for Satellite-Ground optical communication"


  • Our main customers are high-tech SME's.
  • We are looking for larger corporations and system integrators to develop a long term partnership & cooperation for research and development of novel materials or photonics devices.
Total employees320
Employees in space10
Turnover8'000'000 EUR
8 Kengaraga Street, Riga, LV-1063, Latvia
+371 26522982
Contact persons: Mr.Girts Ozolins