Department of Chemistry

Vesselin N. Paunov, Ph.D.
Chair/Full Professor

Specializations: Materials Science, Formulations, Antimicrobial nanotechnologies, Drug delivery, Tissue engineering, Bioimprinting technologies

Haiyan Fan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Specializations: Laser-Induced fluorescence spectroscopy; Nanocarbon dots as well as ORR heterogeneous catalyst synthesis, characterization, and application; and Spectroscopic study of intermolecular interactions in solution phase

Mannix P. Balanay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and PhD Program Director

Specializations: Materials Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Optoelectronic materials, Heterogeneous catalysis, Flexible devices

Rostislav Bukasov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Specializations: Analytical chemistry, surface-enhanced spectroscopy (SERS, SEIRA, SEF),  AFM, immuno-assays, top-down nanofabrication

Andrey Khalimon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Specializations: Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis

Darkhan Utepbergenov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Specializations: Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Structural Biology, Enzymology

Vsevolod Peshkov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and MSc Program Director

Specialization: Organic Chemistry

Timur Atabaev, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Specializations: Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry

Salimgerey Adilov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Specialization: Organic Chemistry

Özgür Öztopçu, Ph.D.

Specializations: Organometallic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis

Saule Issayeva, Ph.D.

Specialization: Analytical Chemistry


Aliya Toleuova, Ph.D.

Specializations: Electrochemistry, Energy conversion and storage systems, Fuel cells, and Batteries

Roza Demeisinova, M.Sc.
Instructor (On-Leave)

Specializations: Molecular dynamics simulations, Ionic liquids, Deep eutectic solvents, Adsorption over nanomaterials, Protein aggregation and bio-molecular stability

Aisulu Zhanbossinova, M.Sc.

Specializations: Science education, Conceptual understanding in Chemistry, STEM shows

Davit Hayrapetyan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Specialization: Organic Chemistry

Ellina Mun, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Specializations: Development of drug delivery systems and nano-, micromaterials for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications


Anara Molkenova, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar (On-Leave)

Specializations: Materials Science, Nanotechnology