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

With a lot of luggage from Berkeley! With a baggage of knowledge of course:-)#ESTglife

Aug 19th, 2018

Aldiyar Kuntubek, a BEng in Chemical Engineering student, participated in a 2 month internship at The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, starting June 2018. The Molecular Foundry ( is a US Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The internship position, which was sponsored by Dr Vasileios Inglezakis in the Chemical Engineering Department at Nazarbayev University, and hosted by Dr. Tevye Kuykendall, a Senior Scientific Engineer at The Molecular Foundry. The research project focused on the synthesis of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). TMDs have received a lot of attention recently, stemming from the discovery of emergent properties when reduced from bulk crystals to 2D layers, such as their transition to direct band gap, emerging charge density waves, high mobility, and valley polarization. The project explored and optimize different synthetic conditions using a novel technique for synthesizing 2D TMDs through conversion of metal-oxide thin films formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The research refined the synthetic process, through successive experiments and characterization, to control crystallinity, extent of conversion, and other properties producing high-quality TMD materials. The materials were characterized by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and other techniques. Aldiyar made significant progress in this research, which will likely lead to publication. During the final weeks of the internship, Aldiyar prepared a poster presentation that he presented at the annual Molecular Foundry User Meeting. He also participated in the Foundry Poster Slam at the User Meeting, where he presented a single slide summary of his poster in a 60 second pitch to all the meeting attendees.

New paper has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal

Aug 17th, 2018

“Real time Temperature Monitoring in Liver during Magnetite Nanoparticle-enhanced Microwave Ablation with Fiber Bragg Grating sensors: Ex Vivo Analysis” 

Daniele Tosi, Sanzhar Korganbayev, Madina Jelbuldina, Kanat Dukenbayev, Alina Korobeinyk, Vasileios Inglezakis

Site visits in municipal waste management facilities in US #ESTglife

Aug 13th, 2018

Prof. Inglezakis in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison organised a number of site visits in municipal waste management facilities in US. During his 2-weeks stay Prof. Inglezakis visited the  Dane County Solid Waste Management (Wisconsin),  the South Milwaukee Landfill (Wisconsin), the Columbia County Recycling and Waste Processing Facility (Wisconsin),  Calumet Industrial Waste Management Facility and Materials Recovery Facility (Illinois) and the Portage Materials Recovery Facility and Composting Facility (Wisconsin).

Our researchers’ paper was published in IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Aug 5th, 2018

Title: Assessment of total mercury content in water of the Balkyldak Lake-reservoir, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

Authors:A.V Korobeinyk,  V.R Yapyiev, S.Azat and V. J Inglezakis

Conference: 8th International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering (ICESE 2018), 11–13 March 2018, Barcelona, Spain

This study aimed at determining the levels of total mercury in water samples collected in the vicinity of the Lake-reservoir Balkyldak in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.

You can read the full version of this paper  in open access by following this link:                             

Another story about proactive summertime of our members#ESTglife

Jul 26th, 2018

Dr. Yerbol Sarbassov (post-doctoral scholar) has made his first visit to School of Energy and Environment of Southeast University (Nanjing, China) under Social Policy Grant-2018 to participate in the research project “SO3 formation mechanisms during oxy-fuel combustion at high pressure”.

ESTg got published in Journal of Environmental Management

Jul 24th, 2018

“Synthetic coal fly ash-derived zeolites doped with silver nanoparticles for mercury (II) removal from water”

Z.Tauanov, P.E.Tsakiridis, S.V.Mikhalovsky, V.J.Inglezakis. 


ESTg got published in Waste Management & Research Journal

Jul 12th, 2018

“Comparative environmental assessment of alternative waste management strategies in developing regions: a case study in Kazakhstan”

Noya, V. Inglezakis, S. González-García, E. Katsou, G. Feijooa, M.T.Moreira


Zhandos Tauanov at 3rd EWaS International Conference, Lefkada Island, Greece

Jul 10th, 2018

And… #ESTglife again with you. Today we are  telling about the conference, in which our PhD candidate Zhandos Tauanov participated.

3rd EWaS International Conference on “insights on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, was held on Lefkada Island, Greece, from 27th to 30th of June 2018.

Zhandos successfully  introduced the paper, named as “Silver nanoparticles impregnated zeolites derived from coal fly ash: Effect of the silver loading on adsorption of mercury (II)” (Authors: Zhandos Tauanov, Dhawal Shah, Grigorios Itskos, Vasileios Inglezakis).

The Conference’s topics deal with hydraulics, hydrology, water resources systems management, urban water management, riverine systems, hydrodynamics and waves, global changes & smart cities, hydrology, raw and waste water treatment, waste management, groundwater and irrigation systems and advanced methods for environmental system analysis.

One more conference paper were accepted by 14th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics

Jul 3rd, 2018

Title:Spatial and temporal temperature variability in Greece

Authors: Kalyvas T., Poulopoulos S., Zervas E.

Conference: 14th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics, October 15-17, 2018, Alexandroupolis, Greece

Another story about proactive summertime of our members! #ESTglife

Jun 29th, 2018

Our  ESTg member, Almira Yagofarova is  participating in a 2 month traineeship in the framework of Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Medical Applications (NanoMed) project at the Universidad de Alicante, Spain.

Almira has already characterized the adsorption properties and adsorption capacity of various types of cryogels and zeolites (modified and non modified) by  scanning electron microscope (SEM) and measured the surface area of absorbents by Gas adsorption method. Moreover, she has aimed to determine the materials adsorption efficiency by using  X-ray diffraction (XRD).

Then also Almira is going to complete the process of  removal of iodide from water solutions under different conditions and use UV-VIS for iodide measurements.

We wish Almira further success and waiting for her with excellent results!

#ESTglife #membersachievement