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  • EuroNanoForum 2015 – The deadline for abstract submission - January 30, 2015!

    EuroNanoForum 2015 takes place on 10-12th June 2015 in Riga, Latvia, under the auspices of the Latvian presidency of the European Union. It is organised by the University of Latvia and Spinverse in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The emphasis of the conference is in promoting a European manufacturing renaissance through applying nanotechnology and advanced materials.

  • M-ERA.NET Call 2015


    The M-ERA.NET Call 2015 will be launched in early February 2015.

  • LUMDETR 2015 - The deadline for abstract submission - April 15, 2015.

    The 9th International Conference on Luminescent Detectors and Transformers of Ionizing Radiation, LUMDETR 2015, will be held at the Dorpat conference centre in Tartu, Estonia on September 20–25, 2015. The conference will be organized by the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu.

  • FM&NT-2015 - The deadline for abstract submission - April 5, 2015.

    International conference Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies (FM&NT-2015), will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on October 5 – 8, 2015.

  • Ferroelectricity Symposium and International Conference “Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies”

    The Latvian National Library will host the 12th Russian/CIS/Baltic/Japanese Ferroelectricity Symposium and 9th international conference “Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies –RCBJSF – 2014 - FM&NT”. The symposium will focus on achievements in nanotechnologies, modelling new materials and using them in manufacture, energy, optics, photonics, biomedicine and elsewhere. In addition, the symposium is hoped to further international co-operation in science, education and innovations.

  • Physicists in the University of Tartu made a groundbreaking discovery in materials science
    Sergei Vlassov Photo: Margus Ansu / Postimees

    Researchers found that silver nanowires can be made almost indestructible and highly bendable by covering the minuscule wire with silicon dioxide. The new material can be used for making next generation optical cables, which until now have been easily fractured if bent. The new material “memorizes” its original position and regenerates when needed.

    Nanomanipulation researchers at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu (IPUT) in collaboration with Boriss Polyakov from Institute of Solid State Physics University of Latvia studied mechanical properties of silver nanowires coated with silica (i.e. Ag/SiO2 core-shell nanowires), and found that such material can withstand severe deformation (can be bent into a loop multiple times) without fracture in contrast to uncoated silver nanowires. Moreover, they discovered, that plastically deformed Ag/SiO2nanowires can restore their initial straight profile when irradiated with electron beam.

  • Evaluation of the ISSP UL in the Research Assessment Excercise

    ‘This institution is one of the best - arguably the best institution evaluated by Panel M. It has all the qualities to continue its role as the leading centre of Latvian research in material science. Securing funding for the Institute should be of highest priority for the Latvian Government and Latvian research funding agencies’, the conclusions and recommendations made by expert panel for ISSP UL