Name, title:




Sci. degree:

Dr. Sc. Ing.



Leading researcher - Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Riga Technical University;

Deputy Director – “Plasma & Ceramic Technologies” Ltd.


Linguistic knowledge:

Latvian, German, Russian, English (minimum)


Field(s) of research activity:

- powder metallurgy;

- plasma chemistry and technology;

- synthesis of refractory compounds and research of ceramic materials on their basis;

- development, mechanical properties and microstructure of silicon nitride based ceramics, nanocomposites


Management activities:

Preparation and management of national and international projects (5th and 6th Framework Programme)


Membership, functions:

- Head of the Latvian Materials Researchers Association;

- member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde


Awards, prizes, grants:

- State Premium (1980);

- Premium of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1985);

1994 – short study tours in Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Sinterwerkstoffe (Germany);

1996 – short study tours in Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Sinterwerkstoffe (Germany);

2001-2002 – Hertha Firnberg fellowship, ARC Seibersdorf Reseach GmbH (Austria);

2004 – DAAD fellowship in TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany);

2002 – EC 5th Framework Programme Project



130 publications, 8 inventions, 5 patents


Long term positions abroad:

1994 – Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Sinterwerkstoffe (Germany);

1996 – Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Sinterwerkstoffe (Germany);

2001-2002 – ARC Seibersdorf Reseach GmbH (Austria);

2004 - TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)


The most important scientific papers in the last 5 years 

(1) I. Vitina, I. Zalite, V. Belmane, J. Grabis, V. Rubene, O. Kovalova, "Nanodispersed refractory compounds in the electrodeposited metal coatings" – Nanostructured Films and Coatings, Edited by G.-M. Chow, I. Ovid’ko and T. Tsakalakos, NATO Science Series, Vol. 78 High Technology – Kluwer Academic Publishers, (2000) pp. 103-111.

(2) J. Grabis, I. Zalite, U. Reichel, "Advantages and characteristics of nano-powders produced using plasma technology" – cfi/Ber.DKG, 77 (2000) No.7, pp. E8-E10.

(3) I. Zalite, S. Ordanyan, I. Ivanov, L. Maskhulia, "The Effect of Highly Dispersed Titanium-Niobium Carbonitride Powders on the Formation of Single-Phase Materials and Cermets – J. of Advanced Materials, vol.32 (2000) No4, pp. 3-9.

(4) N.Zhilinska, J.Grabis, I.Zalite, G.Korb, G.Kladler, Manufacture of silicon nitride ceramics from nanosized particulate composites, Materials Science (Medžiagotyra), vol.8, No.4, 2002, pp.448-450.

(5) N.Zhilinska, I.Zalite, S.Ordanyan, Sintering of nanodisperse oxide powders, Material science and applied chemistry, Scientific proceedings of Riga Technical University, 2002, vol.5, pp.159-165.

(6) I.Zalite, S.Ordanyan, G.Korb, Synthesis of transition metals nitride/carbonitride nanopowders and application of them for modification of structure of hardmetals, Powder Metallurgy Journal, 2003, vol.46, No.2,pp.143-147.

(7) N.Zilinska, I.Zalite, J.Rodriguez, D.Martinez,  I.Canadas, Sintering of nanodisperse powders in a solar furnace. Euro PM 2003 Congress Proceedings (Valencia) Spain, 2003, vol. 3, pp. 423-428.

(8) N.Zhilinska, I.Zalite, A.Krumina, W.Costin, G.Mozdzen, Sintern der Materialien auf der Basis unterschiedlicher Si3N4-Pulver. Verbundwerkstoffe, 14. Symposium Verbundwerkstoffe, herausgegeben von H.P.Degischer, DGM, WILEY-VCH, 2003, 399-404.

(9) J.Grabis, Dz.Jankovica, M.Berzins, L.Chera, I.Zalite, Coating of plasma-processed nanosized powders. J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. (2004) vol. 24, pp.179-184.

(10) F.Bulic, I.Zalite, N.Zhilinska, Comparison of plasma-chemical synthesised – SiAlON- nano-powder and conventional prepared SiAlON- powder. J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. (2004) vol. 24, issue 12, pp. 3303-3306.

(11) M.Herrmann, I.Schulz, I.Zalite, Materials based on nanosized β-Si3N4 composite powders.  J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. (2004) vol. 24, issue 12, pp. 3327-3335.

(12) J. Grabis, I. Zalite, D. Jankovica, D. Rasmane, Preparation of W and WC based powders and their processing. Proc. Estonian Acad. Sc. Engineering, 2004, No. 1.

(13) I. Vitina, J. Grabis,  I. Zālīte, V. Belmane, V. Rubene, Structure and properties of electrodeposited composite metal nanodisperse inorganic compound coatings. Mechanics of Composite Materials, 2004, vol. 40, No.3, pp. 259-268.

(14) P. Angerer, L.G.Yu, K.A.Khor, G.Korb, I.Zalite, Spark-Plasma-Sintering (SPS) of nanostructured Titanium Carbonitride powders. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 2004.

Patent of Germany DP 197 46 286 B4 “Siliziumnitridwerkstoff und Verfahren zu seiner Herstellung“ M. Herrmann, I. Schulz, Chr. Schubert, G. Ziegler, F. Berndt, I. Zalite.