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Professor Mert Guney at Erasmus Teaching Staff Exchange program (Erasmus+)

May 29th, 2019

Prof. Guney completed Erasmus Teaching Staff Exchange program (Erasmus+).
He visited Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool) in Tartu, Estonia. He participated in teaching activities to international students on the topics of solid waste management and contaminated site management. He also participated in two site visits: a waste management facility and a contaminated site.

Traineeship in the framework of NanoMed at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

May 28th, 2019

Our ESTg member, Aliya Kudarova was participating in a 1-month traineeship in the framework of Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Medical Applications (NanoMed) project at the Surface Chemistry Group Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.
The main aim of the work is to analyze the adsorption of I- and Hg2+ from the aqueous solutions and to characterize the zeolites before and after the adsorption experiment to investigate any changes in the material.  To investigate the structural changes of the different types of zeolites the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques was used.
To analyze I – adsorption rate UV-VIS spectrophotometer was used. Analyses of Hg2+ adsorption ICP-MS technique was used to measure the concentration of mercury at different time points.

New conference paper accepted by the ICEER2019 – 6th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research

May 18th, 2019

Title: “ Characterization of tar generated from the mixture of municipal solid waste and coal pyrolysis at 800°C ”

Authors: O. Tursunov, D. Tokmurzin, B. Kuspangalieva, V.J. Inglezakis, E.J. Anthony, Y. Sarbassov

Conference: ICEER2019 – 6th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research: “Energy and environment: challenges towards circular economy”, 22-25 July 2019, Aveiro, Portugal (Oral)

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Congratulations for being crowned as “Doctor”

May 17th, 2019

We would like to congratulate our ESTg member Zhandos Tauanov with the successful defense of the PhD thesis at Nazarbayev University.

Zhandos’s PhD thesis was focused on “Removal of mercury and iodide from water using fly ash derived zeolites and nanocomposites” under supervision of our professors Vassilis Inglezakis and Dhawal Shah. Also he has been working in ESTg labs on several funded projects.

We wish Zhandos to continue her successful academic career and are sure that one more PhD will bring even more value to the activity of ESTg.

Amazing work and really proud to have had you in our team!

Projects proposal evaluator

May 13th, 2019

Prof. Inglezakis was invited to act as projects proposals evaluator by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) under the International Research Network (IRN) programme.

Congratulations on the published paper in the journal with a high impact factor (IF = 4.6)

May 13th, 2019

Title:“  Removal of iodide from water using silver nanoparticles-impregnated synthetic zeolites  ”

Authors:  Z. Tauanov and V.J. Inglezakis

Journal: Science of the Total Environment

Joining to the Editorial Board of Central Asian Journal of Water Research

May 3rd, 2019

We congratulate our supervisor Dr. Vassilis Inglezakis with another appreciation of his efforts and hard work!

“The CAJWR Editorial Board would like to welcome Dr.Vassilis J. Inglezakis to their team and believes that his experience and vision will be a great asset to the CAJWR.”
As it is written in welcoming letter we believe that “Your contribution to CAJWR will be valuable for the knowledge generation and scientific quality on water resources management aspects in Central Asia and Afghanistan”.

Note: The Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR) is a peer-reviewed, open access, bi-lingual (English-Russian) e-Journal devoted to all aspects of water management in Central Asia and Afghanistan (ISSN 2522-9060).

ESTg is hosting visiting researcher at NU

Apr 24th, 2019

Andrea Domán is PhD candidate at the Surface Chemistry Group Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) led by Prof. Krisztina László Andrea stays for one month secondment at Nazarbayev University in April 2019, within the frame of NanoMed project. This project belongs to Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange program (MSCA-RISE-2016). Andrea is working under the surveillance of Prof. Vasileios Inglezakis, head of the Environmental Science & Technology Group (Chemical Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University).
The aim of NanoMed project ( is stimulate intersectoral and international collaboration within Europe and with an ICPC country, Kazakhstan, in the area of novel nanoporous and nanostructured adsorbents for the treatment of very serious health conditions associated with acute and chronic exposure to external radiation and uptake of heavy metals and radiation as a consequence of accidental, occupational or deliberate activities and events.
Environmental Science & Technology Group has extensive experience in the application of various porous materials e.g. zeolites as adsorbents, to remove harmful substances such as heavy metals or iodide from aqueous solutions. Surface Chemistry Group has outstanding knowledge in design, preparation and characterization of resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) based carbon aerogels and its composites. The purpose of this cooperation is the investigation of the I – and Hg 2+ adsorption from aqueous solution on nitric acid treated resorcinol-formaldehyde carbon aerogel and graphene oxide-containing resorcinol-melamine-formaldehyde carbon aerogel and determining the adsorption kinetics and isotherms. The adsorption derived decrease in I – concentration of the solutions will be followed by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. In case of Hg 2+ adsorption, a mercury analyzer with a pyrolysis technique will be used to quantify the amount of mercury in the solution.

“We will analyse the possible structural changes of the carbon aerogels related to the chemisorption of the target ions with FTIR or other techniques. We would like to compare the adsorption performance of the two RF based carbon aerogels and also of the zeolites. Hopefully the results will bring us closer to the main goal of NanoMed project, to develop proper adsorbents for the treatment of serious health conditions,” told Andrea.

From Theory to Practice

Apr 23rd, 2019

In any learning process it is important to focus the attention of students on the practical application of the knowledge gained. In order to obtain practical skills it is necessary to integrate our laboratories and equipment into educational process.

For the above purposes, 3rd-year undergraduate students were given the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the Pilot-scale Fluidized Bed Laboratory (NURIS) during the tour as part of the course Separation Processes-II. At the end of the tour, students received answers to their questions, and also expressed their desire to participate in the running of those rigs.

Special thanks to the Dr. Sarbassov for organizing this tour and sharing his experience.

ESTg got published a new paper in Journal of Environmental Science and Health (IF=1.561)

Apr 23rd, 2019

Title:Synthetic sodalite doped with silver nanoparticles: Characterization and Mercury (II) removal from aqueous solutions

Authors:  Z. Tauanov, P.E. Tsakiridis, D.Shah and V.J. Inglezakis