Summer Research Program for AOE “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” students
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Summer Research Program for  AOE “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” students

School of Engineering projects description

Project 1

1 Project’s title Arduino Electronics Project
2 Responsible School’s representatives Grant Ellis
3 Assisting School’s representatives Nurzhan Shaimoldin – ECE Laboratory Assistant

Rabbonii Ikromzoda – ECE Laboratory Assistant

Kanat Turebekov – Senior Laboratory Coordinator, School of Engineering

4 Duration 3 hours
5 Number of students per group Approximately 25
6 Number of groups per day for this project ONE – during morning
7 Necessary equipment 1.  Electronics laboratory

2.  Arduino UNO starter kits [15 – 25]

3.  PC [15 – 25]

4.  Electronic components including wires, LEDs, and sensors.

8 Necessary consumables Various additional electronic consumables / components
9 Location 3e322 Telecommunications Lab, 3e321 Electronics Lab
10 Skills necessary before the project Basic Computer Skills
11 Description of the project Students will begin by learning about simple electronic breadboard followed by the Arduino graphical user interface.  Students will then assemble and test electronic several circuits using Arduino UNO with circuit prototype board including use of sensors, LEDs, shift registers.
12 Involvement of students in the project Students will learn about electronic circuits and programming using ‘hands-on’ approach.


Project 2

1 Project’s title Introduction to 3D Printing and Modelling for Airfoil Design
2 Responsible School’s representatives Konstantinos Kostas
3 Assisting School’s representatives Luis Rojas and Bolat Ramazanov (or any other lab technician that can operate school’s wind tunnel)
4 Duration 3hrs
5 Number of students per group up to 25
6 Number of groups per day for this project up to 1
7 Necessary equipment
  1. Computer Lab,
  2. 3d Modelling CAD package (Rhino 3d),
  3. Access to a PLA/ABS 3d printer,
  4. Wind tunnel
8 Necessary consumables 1 kg of PLA filament
9 Location Computer Lab: Block 3 Room 3e.227 (or 3e217)

Aerospace Laboratory: Block 3 Room 3e.117-8

10 Skills necessary before the project Basic Computer Skills
11 Description of the project A short introductory section on airfoils is followed by a gentle introduction to 2d sketching and 3d modelling. This tutorial ends with a short introduction to 3D printing and slicing software packages. At the end, the performance of several 3D printed objects and airfoils is evaluated using an actual wind tunnel.
12 Involvement of students in the project Students learn how to design free-form shapes in CAD packages and how to prepare solid models for 3d printing. Additionally, a series of wind tunnel experiments using their designs are performed.
13 Knowledge/skills introduced after the project Basic drafting skills, 3d solid modelling skills and basic knowledge of the modelling prerequisites for 3d printing. Short introduction to experimental work via the wind tunnel demonstration.
PhD Thesis Defense of Aliya Mukanova
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nazarbayev University’s PhD Program in Science, Engineering and Technology is delighted to invite you to the PhD Thesis Defense:

Candidate: Aliya Mukanova, 4th-year PhD student

Thesis Title: “Design and Engineering of Advanced Si-based Thin Film Anode Materials for Li-ion Batteries”.

Lead Supervisor: Professor Zhumabay Bakenov, Dept. of Chemical and Materials Eng., School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Arailym Nurpeissova, National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
External Supervisor:  Prof. Sung-Soo Kim, Graduate School of Energy Sciences and Technology, Chungnam National University, South Korea.

                                     Prof. Maksym Myronov, Department of Physics, Nano-Silicon Group, The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Chair-Internal Examiner: Professor Luis R. Rojas-Solórzano,  Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Internal Examiner: Professor Boris Golman, Dept. of Chemical and Materials Eng., School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
External Examiner: Professor Kyu Tae Lee, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea.

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the most powerful way of energy conversion and storage. Thin film batteries are the next generation of Li-ion battery technology with the thickness of tens µm and aimed to power a diverse range of microdevices. In order to increase the storage possibility of such batteries, new high capacity electrode materials should be developed. Silicon(Si)-based materials are the most promising anodes due to the highest theoretical capacity and a low potential. However, the current drawbacks of Si such as significant material degradation, low conductivity, and unstable solid electrolyte interphase layer impede its practical application and commercialization. In this doctoral thesis, the research has been performed in two main directions in order to improve the performance of current microbatteries.

The first direction is devoted to an investigation of novel monocrystalline silicon carbide thin film (3C-SiC) with a cubic lattice as an anode for LIBs. The advanced method of “single” particle measurement for studying the electrochemical properties of an individual microparticle provided the real data which allowed suggesting the mechanisms of lithiation/delithiation in 3C-SiC film. The use of the characterization techniques confirmed the high mechanical stability of the 3C-SiC crystal lattice after cycling. The obtained cutting-edge results demonstrated that 3C-SiC thin film exhibits the near-surface activity towards Li ions occurring through intercalation/deintercalation mechanism.

The second direction is aimed at the design of the three-dimensional (3D) amorphous Si (a-Si) thin film anode. The improvement of a-Si thin film anode was achieved through studying the effects of substrate surface condition, dopants incorporation, electrolyte additive and use of graphene (GF) underlayer. The designed 3D pure a-Si and a-Si/GF thin film anodes exhibited high electrochemical performance for several hundred cycles.

Date and time: June 17, 2019 (Monday) at 13:30, room 3e.224

Guest lectures by Dr. Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) National University of Singapore (NUS)
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

You are kindly invited to the guest lectures by Dr Dina Azhgaliyeva from Energy Studies Institute (ESI) National University of Singapore!


Presentation 1.
Title: Energy Storage and Renewable Energy Deployment: Empirical Evidence from OECD countries (1 hour including Q&A)

Presentation 2.
Title: Opportunities for collaboration and funding: Energy Studies Institute National University of Singapore (1 hour including Q&A)

Presentation 3.
Title: Accessing global renewable energy and energy storage data using Bloomberg terminal (1 hour including Q&A)


Dr. Dina Azhgaliyeva

Dina is a Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) National University of Singapore (NUS) since July 2017. She is currently a guest editor at the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, published by Taylor & Francis, for the special issue ‘Scaling up Green Finance in Asia: The Role of Policies and Regulations’. Prior to joining the ESI, Dina was a Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where she was involved in empirical analysis of the impact of local content policy on extractive industries. Her work also involved communication with policy makers, extractive industry and oil and gas service companies. In 2012-2015 Dina was an Economics Teaching Fellow at the University College London. She also worked as a chief specialist at the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan. She holds a PhD in Economics, Master in Economics and Graduate Diploma in Economics, all from the University of Essex (UK). Dina holds an internationally recognized teaching qualification, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK) since 2015 and qualification in Research Career Management of Staff Educational and Development Association (SEDA, UK) since 2017.


Presentation 1.      

Title: Energy Storage and Renewable Energy Deployment: Empirical Evidence from OECD counties (1 hour including Q&A)

Abstract: Renewable energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing renewable electricity, heating, cooling and transportation. The main disadvantage of renewable energy supply is that once it reached a high share in electricity generation, the intermittency caused by renewable energy sources makes balancing of the energy system challenging. This study answers the question “What is the impact of renewable energy on public investment in R&D of energy storage technologies?” Empirical literature studying investments in renewable energy technologies is abundant, however empirical literature studying investments in energy storage technologies is highly limited. Using annual panel data from 28 OECD countries over the period 1990-2014 this paper provides an empirical evidence on the role of renewable energy deployment on public investments in energy storage technologies. The results of fixed effects estimation provide an empirical evidence that governments from countries with greater share of renewable energy invest more in energy storage technologies. Drawing from the empirical results, this paper provides policy recommendations on the need in investments in energy storage technologies due to a growing supply of renewable energy. Although this paper provides lessons from countries which experienced problems with high share of renewable energy and started to promote energy storage alongside with renewable energy, the results will be useful for policy-makers from developing countries with a growing share of renewable energy in total electricity.

Presentation 2.      

 Title: Opportunities for collaboration and funding: Energy Studies Institute National University of Singapore (1 hour including Q&A)

Abstract: In this presentation Dina will provide a brief description about National University of Singapore including Energy Studies Institute. Dina will also explain application process for AUA Scholars Award and other research collaboration opportunities.


Presentation 3.      

Title: Accessing global renewable energy and energy storage data using Bloomberg terminal (1 hour including Q&A)

Abstract: Usually researchers think of Bloomberg terminal as a source of financial data from stock exchanges, for example Green Bonds or Green Sukuk. However Bloomberg also provides data on investments, costs, capacities and projections carefully collected from various sources. In this presentation Dina will provide an overview which energy data is accessible from Bloomberg terminal and how to find it. Four Bloomberg terminals are located at the NU Library and can be used by NU staff free of charge.



Aug 7 – Aug 9 all-day

The 7th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems (INESS-2019)

Organized by Nazarbayev University (NU)Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU)Institute of Batteries (IoB),  National Laboratory Astana (NLA) and  to be held on August 7-9, 2019 in Almaty at Al Farabi Kazakh National University and cordially invite you to participate!

The conference topics cover the following and related areas:


  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage Systems
  • Materials for electrochemical sensors and electroanalytical applications
  • Materials and technology for alternative advanced energy applications
  • Solar energy materials and solar cells
  • Semiconductors and optoelectronics
  • Catalysis and fuel cells
  • Battery monitoring and management systems
  • Battery safety and utilization
  • Development of electric vehicles and stationary energy storage
  • Modelling tools in materials science and energy conversion systems
  • Energy and environment
  • Smart energy systems

Full length papers presented at the Conference will be published as Proceedings in international journals.

The researchers from different countries will participate and share their vision on progress and problems in materials science, nanotechnologies, ecology, renewable energy and energy storage systems.

The conference will be supported by several TV, newspaper and internet companies.

The conference is an open event and the participants from academia, industry and investors sectors are welcome to participate. We expect participation of several partner companies, and investors.

The INESS conference started in Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2013. The scientists and students from Japan, Korea, France, Germany, China, Russia, Canada, UAE, UK, Turkey and Kazakhstan reviewed and discussed the recent progress and problems in materials science, nanotechnologies, ecology, renewable energy, energy storage systems and modeling methods in these fields. For further details please visit the INESS web-page: For past conferences please check INESS-2016INESS-2017INESS-2018.

Guest lecture by by Dr. Rachid Yazami (Nanyang Technological University)
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Guest lecture by  by Dr. Rachid Yazami (Nanyang Technological University)
Topic: Innovative solutions for lithium ion batteries future development
Please register for the event here.
Date: August 12Monday
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: 6.105 

The thermodynamics properties of a battery full reaction such as the Gibbs free energy ∆G, entropy ∆S and  enthalpy ∆H can be determined by open‐circuit voltage measurements vs. temperature (OCV, E0 vs. T) at  different  states of charge of the  cell  (SOC)  using  equations:

It is found that ∆G, ∆S and ∆H vs. SOC profiles are characteristic of the battery’ chemistry and state of health (ageing, SOH). Also, a universal empiricallaw has been unveiled which governs all batteries tested, that is the state of charge is a linear function of entropy and enthalpy:

SOC = α + β ∆S + γ ∆H,

in which the α, β and γ variables depend on the cell’ chemistry and SOH.

Moreover, a minute analysis of the ∆S and ∆H profiles enables detection of early steps of internal short‐circuit formation, therefore reducing the risk ofthermal runaway and proving the state of safety (SOS).

We  will  also  show  how  thermodynamics  data help with the fast  and  adaptive  charging of lithium ion  batteries. Full charging        below   1h      using conventional      methods        such     as    constant current constant voltage and multi‐step constant current methods, CCCV and MSCC, respectively causes premature deterioration of the battery performances. Our non‐linear voltammetry method enables fast charging below 30 min without premature end oflife and safety issues.

Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm

The main objectives of this conference are to:

  • Provide a dynamic forum of exchange on international issues vital to Asia
  • Foster long-term relationships among young leaders from around the globe
  • Connect talented delegates with some of today’s leaders in academia, business and government.

The event will take place in the capital of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan (former Astana), at Nazarbayev University on August 16th-20th, 2019. Students will have an outstanding opportunity to attend the world speakers series (last year, guests of HPAIR were Ban Ki-moon, Twitter, Lenovo and other world-renowned company leaders), to get inspired, and make business and friendship networking.

Guest lecture by by Dr. A. B. Djurišić (Univ. of Hong Kong): Stability of halide perovskite materials and devices
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Guest lecture by  by Dr. A. B. Djurišić (Univ. of Hong Kong).

Topic: Stability of halide perovskite materials and devices

Date: August 19, Monday

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: block C4  room №266/268

Abstract:  Organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have been attracting increasing attention for solar cell applications due to their rapid progress to high efficiency (over 24%) devices. However, they also have significant drawbacks, namely high sensitivity to processing conditions and inferior stability with exposure to humidity, illumination, and elevated temperature. In this talk, the stability of the perovskite films and devices will be extensively discussed. This will include perovskite film composition, morphology, deposition method, as well as device architecture and device encapsulation for solar cells.

Biography: Prof. A. B. Djurišić obtained her PhD degree in electrical engineering form the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade (now Serbia) in 1997. She joined the Dept. of Physics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2003. Her research interests include nanomaterials, wide-bandgap semiconductors, photocatalysis,  optoelectronic devices., halide perovskite materials and devices.

CART Ceremony
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day