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Student internships at one of the world’s best labs!

Jul 30th, 2019
Photo of Bekassyl in the cleanroom during the process of fabrication of TMD material.

Bekassyl Battalgazy, a BEng in Chemical Engineering student, is participating in a 3 month internship at The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, starting in May 2019.

This internship position is hosted by Dr. Tevye Kuykendall, a Senior Scientific Engineer at The Molecular Foundry.

The research project focuses 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. Recently a new technique for synthesizing 2D TMDs through conversion of metal-oxide thin films deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) had been developed. The research aims to develop a synthetic process,
which is comprised of two steps. First, metal oxide precursor is formed on a Si/SiO 2 substrate using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), covered with protecting layers of SiO 2 , patterned and etched to expose the metal-oxide edge. Second, the metal-oxide is converted to the TMD at the exposed edge by lateral diffusion of a chalcogenide source gas at high temperature.

The materials will be characterized by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and other techniques.
It is important to note this year is the 4th when our students have the internship at one of the world’s best labs!

ESTg got published a new paper in Heliyon

Jul 29th, 2019

Title: Experimental study of zeolitic diffusion by use of a concentration-dependent surface diffusion model ”

Authors:  V.J.Inglezakis, M.M.Fyrillas


Research secondment in Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Jul 18th, 2019

Dr. Zhandos Tauanov, a member of the ESTg group, is currently having a 1-month research secondment in Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary (28 June/27 July). The research is fully supported under the framework of Horizon-2020 RISE international project entitled “Novel Nanoporous Materials for Biomedical Applications” (acronym “NanoMED”).

He is performing research under the supervision of Prof. Vassilis Inglezakis (NU) and Prof. Krisztina Laszlo (host). The current work is related to preliminary investigation of novel carbon based aerogels for sorption capacity of phosphorous pollutant from water.

On the picture Dr. Tauanov performing the UV-Vis analysis of phosphorous using colour development approach under different experimental conditions. #ESTglife #ESTgpeople

Productive summer at Alicante #ESTglife #membersachievement

Jul 16th, 2019

Our ESTg members, Almira Yagofarova and Aknur Baibatyrova, have participated in traineeship in the framework of Horizon-2020 Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Medical Applications (NanoMed) project at Inorganic Chemistry Department of Universidad de Alicante, Spain.

They were working under the supervision of Prof. Vassilis Inglezakis (NU) and Prof. Joaquin Silvestre-Albero (University of Alicante).

They have characterized the adsorption properties and adsorption capacity of various types of modified zeolites.The kinetics of the removal of iodide and mercury ions from water solutions were observed by measuring concentration of ions. Also the materials adsorption efficiency of selected samples were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis.

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