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

News on the European Union HORIZON 2020 project “Nanoporous and nanostructured materials for medical applications” (NanoMed).

Dec 5th, 2017

ESTg researcher Mrs Gaukhar Baidildinova is on a research visit at the Universida de NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal ( for the period of 25.06.2017-24.07.2017. Mrs Baidildinova in collaboration with our Portugese partner is will work on the characterization of the porous structure of zeolites by using BET analysis size and distribution, pore volume, and the surface area were determined. Furthermore zeolite is tested towards its ability to remove strodium from aqueous solutions. The possible antimicrobial activity of the cryogel samples were tested against E. coli, a gram-negative, and St. aureus, a gram-positive bacteria, in the minimum inhibition concentration assay according to the standard protocol. Additionally, the cytotoxicity of selected sorbents in comparison with standard materials will be tested in vitro according to the International Standards directive for selection of tests for cytotoxicity.



News on the ORAU-funded project “Development of municipal solid waste combustion and incineration technology for Astana (Kazakhstan) and investigation of municipal solid waste blending effects on reactivity of coals in CFB combustion and gasification processes”

Dec 5th, 2017

Main goal of this project is to develop a municipal solid waste (MSW) and coal co-gasification technology for further scale-up and replication in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The prime barrier towards that direction is the lack of information regarding waste quantities, composition and characteristics. For that reason a research program that also includes the present characterization campaign is currently under implementation by the Nazarbayev University.The first part of the characterization campaign included two sampling analysis during September and November 2017 and was implemented by the Nazarbayev University in cooperation with the company ICP Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH from Germany (

The sampling site was located in the Astana Waste Polygon, where a roofed paved area was provided to the project team by the landfill operating authority. In total ten samples ranging from 212 to 278 kg were analyzed in respect to their composition. The total amount of waste sorted was approximately 2.500 kg. The results will be published soon.


ESTg got published – a new paper in Journal of Materials Processing Technology (ISSN 0924-0136)

Nov 21st, 2017

Georgios Kaisarlis, Efstratios Tsolakis , Georgios Vasileiou , Vasileios Spitas , Zhandos Tauanov , Vassilis Inglezakis, Grigorios Itskos, Christos Spitas, Efficient oscillating micro-grid mixing of CFA-aluminium composite melts



ESTg got published – a new paper on climate change in Water (ISSN 2073-4441; CODEN: WATEGH)

Oct 13th, 2017

Vadim Yapiyev, Zhanay Sagintayev, Vassilis J. Inglezakis, Kanat, Samarkhanov, Anne Verhoef, Essentials of endorheic basins and lakes for climate change and anthropogenic influence adaptation in Central Asia, Water



ESTg is proud to announce a new collaboration with Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou, Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA.

Sep 28th, 2017

Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou is a world-class scientist (h-index of 69) and UNESCO Co-Chair Professor of “Water Access and Sustainability”.

EXPO 2017 Event. Environmental Science and Technology Group (ESTg) and the Fondazione Alessandro Volta (Italy) co-organised the workshop “Our Common Future: Energy, Environment & Development” which was held in the framework of the EXPO2017 at the Italian Pavilion on 30 and 31 August 2017.

Sep 1st, 2017

The event was very successful and more than 90 participants attended.

The link to the event: 



Biomedical research – Thermal ablation for cancer care. ESTg and Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioinstruments have initiated a collaboration aimed at the development of micro- and nano-materials for in vivo thermal ablation (TA) for cancer care.

Aug 28th, 2017

TA is a minimally invasive medical treatment for the removal of deep-seated tumors after their localization, which is rapidly emerging in Central Asia. NU successfully completed the procurement of a research-grade machine for radiofrequency and microwave ablation of tissues; the research plan (included in ORAU-funded project LIFESTART) involves the use of advanced materials to extend and improve TA performances to mid-size tumors, controlling the ablation profile, and use fiber-optic sensors to estimate thermal patterns in real time with sub-millimeter resolution.

In the figures:

(1) Soft phantom (chicken breast) exposed to a radiofrequency ablation for 1 minute.

(2) Example of a thermal map, obtained with optical fiber sensors

Field trip to Pavlodar – HyperACTIV ORAU project. A week-length field trip to the Pavlodar-city has been realized within the ORAU “HYPER Activ” project funded by NU in August 2017.

Aug 25th, 2017

It was arranged to get an insight into a complexity of the mercury pollution of the north Pavlodar and a Lake-reservoir Balkyldak. Information about hydro-geological environment and evolution of mercury within the lake sediments are important to understand the variety and distribution of the mercury pollution sources within this area.  On the first part of this field the participants (dr. A. Korobeinyk, dr. S. Azat and PhD V. Yapiev) learned about the regional sources of pollution. Furthermore, area of lake boarders was gridded and then aqueous, solid, sediment and microbiological samples were collected for analysis.

AIChE award

Aug 20th, 2017

Nazarbayev University’s American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Students Chapter has been selected as an Outstanding Students Chapter for the 2016-2017 school year. The award will be presented in Minneapolis, US the coming October.  This is the second consecutive award after the 2015-2016 presented in San Francisco, US last November. As Students Chapter Advisor since 2015 I am doing my best to bring this kind of international recognition to NU.

The RAEng project meeting was held on 12th August 2017 with the participation of project members from the University of Brighton, UK

Aug 17th, 2017