In 2001 a research group was established by prof. Malle Krunks as a portion of the Department of Materials that focused on development of chemical technologies for deposition of thin films. In 2011 the group was convened under the official name The Laboratory of Thin film Chemical Technologies. As of 2017, the laboratory operates as a division of the Institute of Materials Science and Environmental Technology.
The main research topic of the The Laboratory of Thin film Chemical Technologies is the development of metal oxide and sulphide thin films and nanostructured materials for solar cells, electronics and environmental applications, by chemical technologies such as spray pyrolysis, chemical bath deposition and sol-gel. The technologies that are developed in the laboratory are simple, inexpensive and easily transferrable to industrial scale. A new type of ultra thin absorber based solar cell design and its component layers were developed in the laboratory and secured by several international patents.