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

Would you have thought that being a second-year student you will spend the summer in Berkeley National Lab?

Jun 17th, 2018

Our youngest ESTg member, Aldiyar Kuntubek  is  participating in a 2 month internship at The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Aldiyar was already trained to synthesize 2D WS2 by chemical vapor deposition method using RTP furnace under the supervision of Dr. Tevye Kuykendall. These materials are have exciting properties such as direct band gap, valley polarization, emerging charge density waves and high mobility. Moreover, he was trained to use optical microscope and Raman spectroscopy to characterize synthesized materials

Generally the research aims to develop a synthetic process, through successive experiments and characterization, to control crystallinity, extent of conversion, and other properties producing high-quality TMD materials.

The internship position is 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 ( #ESTglife #studentsachievement

The conference abstract was accepted by 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Jun 13th, 2018

Title: Smoking habits of EU15 countries citizens under the view of Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC)

Authors:  E Zervas, C Tzalonikou, K Konstantopoulos, S Poulopoulos, E Litsiou, K Glynos, P Katsaounou

Conference:  49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, 24-27 October, 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands

How to spend the summer effectively for your future career? #ESTglife

Jun 11th, 2018

Undoubtedly this question can be answered by a member of our team, a young researcher Botagoz Kuspangalieva, who went to Japan for the University of Tokyo Summer Internship program (UTSIP) in Kashiwa a week ago.  This program aims to expose the undergraduates to world-leading research activities in the field of natural science for 6-weeks and its scholarship is awarded only to 30 students through a competitive process around the world.

She is assigned to a laboratory of Professor Yoshito Oshima in the Department of Environmental Studies and will conduct a research project on organic synthesis using “supercritical water” as an environmental technology under his guidance.

Now Botagoz  has been conducting a literature review of supercritical/subcritical water and catalysis. There is one article titled “Hydrothermal conversion of glucose into lactic acid with sodium silicate as a base catalyst” and she will do the same procedures further in the lab as in that article. Botagoz also learned how to work with HPLC, particularly the samples of lactic acid and glucose are being analyzed now.

We are sure that the experience acquired by Botagoz will certainly help her in further work on the projects!

“ESTg members’ achievements, trips, internships” category

Jun 11th, 2018

Dear All,

We are glad to inform you that from now we will keep you informed about trips, internships, significant events in the life of our team members in a separate category of news #ESTglife.

Follow our news and keep abreast of all the events of our group!

Happy World Environment Day!

Jun 8th, 2018

Our congratulations on behalf of the Environmental Science and Technology group (ESTg) with the World Environment Day. This day is a reminder that we must take good care of our surroundings. Let us do our small bit to make world a cleaner and healthier place to enjoy our life!! #environment #environmentalscience #protectenvironment #science#scienceandtechnology

Industry cooperation projects

Jun 5th, 2018

One of the successful results of cooperation of science with the industry. Our team is pleased to apply its skills in solving technological problems in the industrial companies, such as Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V.

Note: The Karachaganak field, discovered in 1979, is one of the world’s largest gas and condensate fields in Kazakhstan. (

The conference abstract was accepted for Oral presentation

Jun 4th, 2018

Conference:  26th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, September 24-28, 2018 , Switzerland

Title: Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Temperature Monitoring during Nanoparticle-assisted Microwave Ablation

Authors:  Madina Jelbuldina,1,* Sanzhar Korganbayev,1,2 Alina V. Korobeinyk,3,4 Vassilis J. Inglezakis3, Daniele Tosi1,2

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

Jun 1st, 2018
  1. Title: Development of an Index of Air Quality in Athens

          Authors: Varvitsioti A., Alegras S., Mikeli D., Poulopoulos S., Zervas E.

      2. Title: World trend of the scientific production on climate change

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

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

The conference abstract was accepted for Oral presentation

May 29th, 2018

Conference:  20th International Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Process, April 12-13, 2018, Venice, Italy

Title: Photochemical Degradation of Ibuprofren in Aqueous Solutions

Authors:  Stavros G. Poulopoulos, Aphrodite Tetorou, Constantine J. Philippopoulos

The conference abstract was accepted for Oral presentation

May 24th, 2018

Conference: 25th International Conference on Chemical Reaction Engineering, ISCRE25, 20-23 May, Florence, Italy, 2018

Title: Photocatalytic Treatment of Organic Pollutants in a Synthetic Wastewater Using UV light and Combinations of TiO2, H2O2 and Fe(III)

Authors:  Stavros G. Poulopoulos, Azat Yerkinova, Gaukhar Balbayeva, Vassilis J. Inglezakis