Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, 53 Kabanbay Batyr, ave.

Number 1 in the field of Natural sciences

Jul 12th, 2019

Previously, we published a rating of all researchers in Kazakhstan, prepared by a Professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Bulat Kenessov.
Today we would like to update the information on this rating in the context of a special research area of ​​Natural sciences, where our supervisor Vassilis Inglezakis is leading and takes the first place!
Congratulations on such recognition of his and our group’s merits!

We are also sure this is proof of the right direction in which we are moving! Hope it is only the start of the world’s great scientific discoveries!

***Success of our research group***

Jul 2nd, 2019

According to the research made by a Professor from Al Farabi Kazakh National University Bulat Kenessov, our supervisors are among TOP-100 scientists in Kazakhstan. Prof. Vassilis Inglezakis is leading the ranking #2 and Prof. Dhawal Shah #40.

In total, 29 out of TOP-100 scientists have affiliations with NU!

Our ESTg group is proud to work under your supervision!

This is a great appreciation of your hard work and passion to the science!

Research visit at Edinburgh

Jun 24th, 2019

Gaukhar Ulykbanova, a member of ESTg group, was invited for a research visit to the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh during June 2019. She is working with Dr Efthalia Chatzisymeon and her colleagues in the School of Engineering and the School of Chemistry, on photocatalytic treatment of emerging pollutants (Bisphenol A and 4-tert butylphenol) under UV and visible light irradiation as kickstart collaboration between Nazarbayev University and University of Edinburgh. This work will be a continuation of her research with Dr. Stavros Poulopoulos, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Nazarbayev University. This visit will be part of the new network for research on the energy-water nexus in Central Asia which is currently being set up at the University of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 18th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is ranked as the and 7th best in Europe by the 2019 Times Higher Education Ranking, and 4th in the UK for research power, based on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework by Times Higher Education.

ESTg got published a new paper in PLoS ONE interdisciplinary scientific journal (IF=2.8)

Jun 10th, 2019

Title:Photocatalytic treatment of organic pollutants in a synthetic wastewater using UV light and combinations of TiO 2 , H 2 O 2 and Fe(III)”

Authors:  Poulopoulos, S.G., Yerkinova, A., Ulykbanova, G., Inglezakis, V.J.

Congratulations with being Associate Editor

Jun 4th, 2019

We are pleased to inform you that Prof. Vassilis Inglezakis is invited as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture.
“We are approaching you because, given your expertise, our Editors would very much like your assistance on our journal”, written in the invitation letter.

We congratulate you on these undertakings!

For reference:

The International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture is a single-blind peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen, covering all aspects of recycling of organic waste. It is fully supported by the Islamic Azad University, who provide funds to cover all costs of publication, including the Article Processing Charges (APC’s) for all authors. Therefore the journal is both free to read and free to publish in.

Gratitude letter to ESTg from Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Jun 1st, 2019

“This is my very first visit to Kazakstan, lasting for a month and getting to the end by 1 June. I came here as a senior secondee of the H2020 NanoMed project ( ) from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) where I head of the Surface Chemistry Research Group. My visit follows the internship of my PhD student Ms.Andrea Domán, who worked here also for a month in April. Both of us were hosted by the Environmental Science and Technology Group (ESTg). Within the frame of this EU supported research project the main task of the BME team is to develop new materials for pollution control. Both Andrea and me were perfectly supported by our host, Prof. Vassilis J. Inglezakis and his group to have access to the outstanding analytical facilities of the Nazarbayev University to characterize those new materials.

Moreover, the one month period even allowed us to test our materials against model pollutants such as iodide and mercury. Based on the experience of the collaboration Vassilis and me decided to intensify our scientific cooperation.

I am very thankful to Vassilis and his group as well as all the people who helped us during our stay at Nazarbayev University.

Prof. Krisztina László

Becoming expert of Russian Science Foundation (RSF)

May 30th, 2019

We are pleased to inform you that Prof. Vassilis Inglezakis is invited as evaluator in the Information and Analysis System of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF). 

For reference:
Russian Science Foundation was established on the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation to support basic research and development of leading research teams in different fields of science.

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Professor Mert Guney at Erasmus Teaching Staff Exchange program (Erasmus+)

May 29th, 2019

Prof. Guney completed Erasmus Teaching Staff Exchange program (Erasmus+).
He visited Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool) in Tartu, Estonia. He participated in teaching activities to international students on the topics of solid waste management and contaminated site management. He also participated in two site visits: a waste management facility and a contaminated site.

Traineeship in the framework of NanoMed at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

May 28th, 2019

Our ESTg member, Aliya Kudarova was participating in a 1-month traineeship in the framework of Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Medical Applications (NanoMed) project at the Surface Chemistry Group Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.
The main aim of the work is to analyze the adsorption of I- and Hg2+ from the aqueous solutions and to characterize the zeolites before and after the adsorption experiment to investigate any changes in the material.  To investigate the structural changes of the different types of zeolites the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques was used.
To analyze I – adsorption rate UV-VIS spectrophotometer was used. Analyses of Hg2+ adsorption ICP-MS technique was used to measure the concentration of mercury at different time points.

New conference paper accepted by the ICEER2019 – 6th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research

May 18th, 2019

Title: “ Characterization of tar generated from the mixture of municipal solid waste and coal pyrolysis at 800°C ”

Authors: O. Tursunov, D. Tokmurzin, B. Kuspangalieva, V.J. Inglezakis, E.J. Anthony, Y. Sarbassov

Conference: ICEER2019 – 6th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research: “Energy and environment: challenges towards circular economy”, 22-25 July 2019, Aveiro, Portugal (Oral)

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