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Words of appreciation from another alumnus #ESTgalumni

Sep 12th, 2018

Tamirlan Seidakhmetov graduated from the Nazarbayev University in 2015. After receiving Master’s degree from Stanford University he started a full-time job in Data Science Team of CCC Information Services in Chicago, USA. Now our former group member works  in the field of data analysis and artificial intelligence at Apple Company. The choice of this direction was due to the fact that now the giants of the technology industry are investing billions of dollars for the development of “Data Science”. Being one of the first students, he made an invaluable contribution to the development of our group. Nice to receive from him such warm words of appreciation to our group.

“Research work in ESTg was one of the most valuable and memorable experiences at NU”

Tamirlan Seidakhmetov, Data Scientist at Apple

One more conference paper for oral presentation was accepted by AIChE Conference

Sep 10th, 2018

Title: Waste Management in International Airports: A Case Study of Astana Airport

Authors: Gaukhar Balbayeva, Yerbol Sarbassov, Christos Venetis, Tolkyn Sagalova, Diyar Tokmurzin, Berik Aiymbetov, Bexultan Abylkhani, Almira Yagofarova, Edward Anthony and Vassilis J. Inglezakis

Conference: 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting, October 30, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA

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The highest reward for the supervisor – gratitude from the mentees #ESTgalumni

Sep 7th, 2018

We are always happy to observe our graduates being successful and outstanding in any spheres.

It is always great when they keep in touch and send the words of gratitude to us.

“Knowledge and research experience from Environmental Science and Technology group (ESTg) help me to successfully conduct projects, involving chemicals, in oil industry”, – Daniyar Doskaliyev, 2018 MSc Chemical Engineering Graduate.

One more conference paper were accepted by AIChE Conference

Sep 4th, 2018

Professor Vassilis J. Inglezakis will conduct the  plenary lecture called as A Critical Review on the Merits and Fallacies of Adsorption Kinetics Models,on October 30, 2018 at AIChE Annual Meeting.

The AIChE Annual Meeting  is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

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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.