Commercialization investigations of the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia - from roads to stars

Researchers of the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) will introduce with their commercializing ideas, which have both - received Investment and development agency of Latvia (IDAL) support and an award at the International Innovation Exhibition.

Visitors will learn about the development of a new generation of wave-front sensors, technologically advanced thermoelectric radiation sensors, the creation of the next generation organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and the use of such an ordinary thing as a use of old tires on road surfaces.

The ISSP UL stand will show a few of the Institute’s research directions and projects, the achievements of which have been motivated by the activities of the EC Horizon 2020 project "Centre of Advanced Material Research and Technology Transfer - CAMART²".

The joint research project with partners will introduce with the established technology for usage of the recycled old tires to built a road pavement that provides a sufficient waterproofing during a rain and a dust-free ride when it is dry. Scientific experiments like double-sided water-tight with linear generator, illuminated pillar with signs will be shown.

IDAL supported commercialization projects will provide an information on the LATOLED project - the benefits and perspectives of a new generation of OLEDs, as well as of developed unique luminescent materials that are basis of this technology. The aim of the research is to find the solution to the key challenges of introducing OLED technologies for wider use in a commerce sector by creating a new OLED device structure that uses unique light-emitting lanthanide-based compound materials developed and patented by the Latvian high technology company EVOLED.

Another presented project aim is to commercialize a new technologically innovative thermoelectric radiation sensor for spectroscopic equipment. A developed technology is a high-speed radiation sensor with a wide and uniform sensitivity of a spectral range. The use of innovative materials and technologies provides a smooth operation of the sensor. Lasers equipped with new sensors can be used in surgical, military, research, and material processing (carving, engraving) applications.

There will be possibility to learn about new type of optical sensor that is based on the encoded diffraction structure method, which uses numerical algorithms to evaluate the phase of wave-front. The developed method and product in astronomy will use a natural objects instead of a laser guide stars to provide an opportunity for accurately measure the optical distortions generated by the different optical media. In biology, the new technology will significantly improve optical quality control, while optimizing the size and cost of scientific equipment.

The Institute of Solid State Physics of University of Latvia (ISSP UL) is an internationally recognized leader with 40 years of experience in the material sciences and cross-disciplinary topics in Latvia. The institute currently employs around 100 well-skilled PhD’s providing internationally competitive research, and offers innovative solutions for industrial applications. Cleanroom facilities and advanced infrastructure for different kinds of material synthesis and analysis organized as Open Access Laboratories are available for every scientist and serve the research needs of the industrial partners. 

Primary research and cooperation interests are:
  • Thin films and coating technologies;
  • Functional materials for electronics and photonics;
  • Nanotechnology, nanocomposites and ceramics;
  • Advanced structure analysis and computational material modelling.
The ISSP UL is currently the only research institute in the Baltic Sea Region countries, which has received 2nd phase funding from the EC Horizon 2020 program Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation to fulfil the project "Centre of Advanced Material Research and Technology Transfer - CAMART²".