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