Andris Šternbergs, Full member of Latvian Academy of Science, born May 13, 1944 in Riga, graduated of University of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and mathematics in 1970. He obtained his PhD in 1978 and Dr. habil.phys. in 1999 on “The effects of structure ordering and radiation defects on phase transition dynamics in ferroelectric relaxors”. In period 1988 – 1995 he time period worked at Atomic Institute of Austrian Universities, Vienna, Siemens AG, Munich, Shonan Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Universitat des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken.
Andris Šternbergs has been in duties of Director of Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, 1999 – 2016, and was elected to Deputy Director of research of Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia in 2016.
Andris Šternbergs’ research interests cover nanoscience and nanotechnologies, particularly, design and processing (PLD, sol-gel, and magnetron sputtering) of materials for application as ferroelectric thin films and heterostructures, phase transitions, structure ordering and radiation defects in dielectrics, as well as materials for thermonuclear fusion facilities. His publication list includes over 250 papers cited more than 1500 times (h-index 18) in the Web of Science.
Andris Šternbergs is the coordinator of H2020-WIDERSPREAD Teaming project CAMART2 “Centre of Advanced Materials Research and Technology Transfer”, has gained in great competition and now manageable at the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (2017-2023).
Material science in Latvia and international cooperation
Since 2005, three National Research Programmes in material science were launched. The last one – “Multifunctional materials and composites, photonics and nanotechnology (IMIS2)” (from 2015 to 2018) is realized in four projects: (i) Photonics and materials for photonics; (ii) Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies; (iii) Nanocomposites; (iv) Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies for medical application. The core group implementing the Programme is represented by scientists of two largest Universities – University of Latvia (UL) and Riga Technical University (RTU). Hereinafter some most significant achievements in Latvian material science, both in the development of fundamental knowledge, in promoting modern technologies, and in discovering new advanced materials with enhanced characteristic parameters for use in innovative products and services, will be described.
H2020-WIDERSPREAD Teaming project CAMART2 “Centre of Advanced Materials Research and Technology Transfer” submitted from Latvian material scientists (by ISSP UL) is the only Teaming project in the Baltic Sea region, which was supported by European Commission. Teaming project aims to foster knowledge transfer via partnership between internationally leading scientific institutions by supporting the creation the centres of excellence in low R&D and innovation performing countries doing strong collaboration with businesses and building strong infrastructure base for enabling business oriented research and technology transfer (TT) activities. Excellent frontier and curiosity-driven research and innovation, promotion of targeted international cooperation and exchange of talents, access to world-class European Large Scale Infrastructures (LSI), remain the main criteria for successful advancement of material science in Latvia.